The Cardinals were clearly betting on the upside, and they were not alone. Many scouts and organizations in baseball felt that Ozuna had arrived and reached a new norm for himself. Mattingly said as much as he watched Ozuna from across the field. The Giants had the same view of him, and several of the teams I spoke to at the winter meetings thought Ozuna would be the better fit, the bigger immediate factor of the three outfielders moved by the Marlins. The Cardinals felt they had a good feel for Ozuna afetre all the years of seeing him at spring training and the trajectory of his career metrics. Look, all things being equal, Yelich's lefthanded bat and longer contract was appealing to the Cardinals, and the Cardinals internally felt that Yelich was a player on the rise, while Ozuna was coming off a peak year. Still that peak, they felt, could be repeated. That's when the other elements you mention come into play.
Major League Baseball has officials bring paper ballots to the clubhouses and those paper ballots are fille dout over the course of a weekend or over the course of a series and then they are placed in an envelope. So voting is done on paper, by ballot, and then there is an envelope involved. I doubt those envelopes are actually placed in the mail -- but maybe. It's all done so that it can be monitored and not hacked and not forgotten or misplaced or ignored.
Fair point. I wanted to narrow the discussion.
I can only speak from my experience. I get my information on prospects from talking with scouts -- internally and externally -- from talking to coaches and managers and from seeing the players, seeing their stats, and constantly asking anyone or everyone about them. I also rely on the reporters who do such things for a living such as the folks at Baseball America. One of the best times of year for info about prospects is the winter meetings when you hear about what teams want via trade. Hicks' ability became clear when there were several teams that tired to include him in trades during the Fowler Winter Meetings. It was outisde interest and outside scouting reports that informed my reporting on his ability. Same with Flaherty. Talking to scouts who saw him before the draft and then as a pro clued me into the talent the Cardinals had coming in Flaherty -- who isn't anything like you describe in your question.
Cardinals are actively looking at lefthanded relievers, I was told. Brotton is a lefthanded reliever. Baltimore is shopping him around in the market. The two teams line up. I don't have a sense of whether something is imminent, but the Cardinals are shopping for a lefty option.
Mark Saxon, of The Athletic, had a snazzy line about "half players." That makes sense.
He got hit by a pitch and the muscle started spasming on him in San Frnacisco. The team was concerned that it might lead to a worse injury if pushed.
It makes complete sense in theory. In practice ... as stated far earlier in the chat, the Cardinals don't have a Chapman or an Andrew miller to extort the market with. they'd have to do something a little bit different -- maybe throw quantity at the market and get the quality for a quick turn in return.
At this point, I wouldn't put it past the Cardinals to do this.
I do the same at the game. The coaches do the same in the dugout. It is a very telling indicator of the evening that's ahead for the starter, and it stands out when there isn't anyone warming up and the pitch count is bloating in the fifth inning -- but the win becomes the goal and drives the decision.
The world will never know. I enjoyed the column, too.
That has not been discussed as an option, and goodness if that's the case then we're back into the Carpenter only hits at leadoff rabbit hole and it's time for me to get off the carousel.
He has a no-trade clause. There has been no movement to move him. He'd have to request it.
The BP fastball. And it really isn't close. I don't have delusions of grandeur man.
Only to the extent that the Cardinals data-driven decision making process makes that possible. By definition and by choice, that makes the Cardinals rather conservative when it comes to moving young players and moving on big deals. That's the approach they've adopted. Now, they have indicated in the past 12 months that the approach needed some updating, that it needed to break from some strict data. That maybe they need to get rid of the restrictor plates and do some racing. We'll see. Stanton would have been, obviously. Ozuna was, I'd argue. What else have they got?
They honestly thought Ozuna could be that kind of hitter in their lineup, on a good team.
Yes. He has in the past. That would be a move that changes the look of the team. DeJong to third.