Yes. They could do multiple at a time. Pretty standard.
I think if you read Astroball and believe that all came out of thin air then you're missing where Houston had its roots and the laboratory that launched that group, informed that group, and in some cases -- which you can see in the book if you're a fan and read a lot about the Cardinals -- taught that group. What Jeff Luhnow and his team has done is impressive, absolutely. But to suggest he's Johnny Appleseed and invented the seeds is disingenuous. He had to get them somewhere else.
Always a chance. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest it won't be big enough to satisfy everyone. Never is.
He cannot go to Class AAA unless he's on a rehab assignment, and even then he would have to agree to it, and he could come back when he says he's ready. The Cardinals are bound-in here.
Same reason Marvel won't return my calls. I have a really good treatment to share. I do!
It wouldn't prevent it, per se. I'm just suggesting water, bridge. Cardinals have that approach.
I'm sure Mozeliak would be thrilled if this was the litmus test for his job security and not, say, the previous decade of team-building or two decades with the team. No, no, Norris. Norris is the test.
Not beyond think pieces and articles, not in the game or around the Cardinals, not from what I can tell. They like having him around, and they like the deal he has in place.
The starting option will be discussed this winter. It was mentioned recently by the team how they'll have Hicks possibly prepare to enter spring training as a starter and then go from there. That's not a given. But it is something the team wants to discuss, debate, and decide in the weeks after the season ends.
Sudden? Cardinals spent time talking with Rays talking about him this past winter. And it's possible they did before then, too. He's a good pitcher in a rigorous division.
I agree. Wish I would have made that point in the story, too.
I don't believe for a moment there is a free agent that does not like salsa.
Slim, it would seem. Such a move like that is more likely in the winter.
They have a spot open on the roster and can clear one easily. So, no.
No. Dexter Fowler is not a free agent for another three seasons. If you're talking about just cutting him, that's a lot of the contract to stomach, and really no reason to do so at this moment. Martinez to the highest bidder is a problem because what if the highest bidder is still trying to buy low? Don't make that move. That's a bad way to handle assets.
Noted. I wouldn't sign a baseball writer to play baseball either.
That's what I was trying to stress. There is a hagiography of Luhnow going on these days that seems to forget that every hagio has to learn his graphy somewhere.