They have painted themselves into a corner, indeed. And that's part of the reason why the roster has become such a knot, too. They have players that need to be protected and arms that cannot be protected, and teams know it too so they don't have much luck trading them and that's how you end up with a third of the pitching staff in Seattle and another starter in San Diego and prospects dotted around the league -- and Ozuna in the majors to show for it?
Entirely possible. Might want to be free.
I had to get to and conduct business at the ballpark.
They will approach him, yes.
Showcases are largely myths.
Well if you take upside and add certainty then you have improved, added to your depth, and you can package upside for something else you need. Take your list, add the name of an available starter and now list it. Are you better? Is newcomer last on the list? If not, then Team has improved.
Boston has been lurking around the Cardinals, and Norris is one the players of interest, I was told.
Typical. That’s Hummel, yes.
Terry Fuller has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for much of the GCL season. He's working his way back, could be in the lineup shortly. Has been going through the usual recovery/strengthening/prevention protocols. I asked if he was using the time to also get some instruction on his swing, which isn't unusual at that level, and I was told this has mostly been about getting his health back so he can swing.
Lance Lynn is going to the Yankees, pre myriad reports.
That's one approach. Gather numbers, play the law of averages. Cross fingers. Hope.
We will see. The need is there.
The game has drifted in that direction -- the Chone Figgins, Ben Zobrist effect -- and while athleticism is valued now so to is versatility, so I don't see this being something that run from.
There has not been. But it's an ongoing conversation.