I don't recall the price dropping all that much -- certainly not from what teams, including the Cardinals, expected.
They didn't feel it was necessary given how short a time it had been since his previous start. Also, it's important to note that the player has a lot of say in this process. He can agree to a rehab. He can decline a rehab. He can say how long a rehab goes.
Archer would count, right? Sonny Gray? What qualifies as a star these days. As for this winter ... Let's get to the winter before I can really get a sense of that. It's a good question for the first chat of the offseason, and it's on me to have a better answer at that point.
Health concerns are hard to ignore.
They hope. They really do hope.
At this point it's Ozuna, who the Cardinals wanted to put the fear of the bear in opponents, then probably Fowler given his price, and then Piscotty or Grichuk. You asked me so you're getting my order, and I imagine you'd get a wide spectrum of answers from people. For me, it has to start with what were the expectations and how close did they come to them. That's not what is the ceiling or upside, but expectations. The Cardinals had high hopes for Grichuk, certainly, given his power and his athleticism, and there was the hope lightning would strike, and there were times that it did. Piscotty was considered the more complete hitter, the high-average hitter who would grow into power. The upside was middle order for either guy, but that wasn't the expectation. Sometimes it was the circumstance. Fowler was signed to be the center fielder and leadoff hitter. It's Year 2. He's neither. Ozuna was signed to be a force. He just went a month without a homer and has seen a power outage.
Way to hold to me "accountable." Also, the GM is relatively new. Second trade deadline.
Hard to see where these teams line up. I've been looking.
Thanks for the kind words. See him ... in the majors? Not that quick, no. But he'll get a look at some point in the Grapefruit League, absolutely. He'll get a start there or a sub-in there at some point in March. at 19, he's still got a few years -- but power plays and power moves and Gorman is bound to be a top-three prospect for the Cardinals entering 2019, and wouldn't be a shock to see him in those Top 100 lists somewhere at some point in 2019.
This is a new one. So instead of the Church of Luhnow we get the La Russa argument. Kudos for the creativity. I'm not sure how the facts line up with either of these notions, but they certainly exist. DeWitt has faith in Mozeliak. That hasn't really changed.
He might get to close a game, sure. At this point he's building arm strength to start, and his role will be determined by what's available, what's needed, and where the are in the standings. Could easily see a September start if Cardinals are out of it that is high on ceremony, like Holliday's appearance two years ago.
This does appear to be a tension point between the vocal fan base and the club, yes. The Cardinals' lack of that cornerstone, headliner, MVP-style player has been glaring since Pujols' departure. More precisely, really since Carlos Beltran departed. Carpenter has hit like a lineup fulcrum, Molina is the face of the franchise, and then that last piece -- that one showstopper. That would help.
He is not on the 40-man roster, does not have to be on the 40-man roster, and this brings us back to the whole roster management discussion.
I enjoy the chance that I'll see history on any given night, that I get to be around and inside a game that I cherish, and the travel. I enjoy the travel. Recent trends in the business aside, the most challenging part of the job is the hours and time away from family.
It's just not something you see the Cardinals do all that often. There have been a few times when a player makes sense to return to the Cardinals after a trade, and the Cardinals don't do that. They use is as a reason to invite churn. It's not like the Cardinals have been all that thrilled with their bullpen this season, and dealing Norris would be one way to get a return on an asset and then go in a new direction for the future, forcing change. That is something this front office has done, and there are lessons from 2007 in that approach. They move on. And Norris is in a role and at a contract that it just seems like they would move on. Not a guarantee. Just has that feel -- on both sides.
O'Neill will finish the year here, for sure. Mercado could be a 2019. Adolis Garcia would be 2019 at the latest.