To make a trade possible sure, but not in the interest in spurring a trade. They have a good feel for what their players can fetch on the market.
No, I said that. Those were my words. I apologize if there was any confusion. If I'm quoting someone directly, I'll use quotes. If I'm paraphrasing, I make it more clear in the chat.
Bingo. Deep cut recall there.
The impact players are starting to emerge, but not that No. 3 hitter. Those are hard t find, and as one front office executive said it usually arrives when someone outperforms expectations. True.
We've tried. Jonah Keri had the edge that Tim Raines was still in the hands of the writers. He was still on the ballot presented to the BBWAA. Ted Simmons never got the same hearing that Raines did. Had Simmons outlasted one ballot he would already be in, probably. He would have been able to generate similar attention, and even get the nod from the veterans' committee that seems to hold the writers' mistake against him. That shouldn't be. But at this point, the veterans' committee has to be lobbied and that's harder to do. Far harder to do.
11 1/2 is probably a fair over/under mark.
No one the Cardinals could come up with. Not happening.
Good on him. Very interesting, indeed. Cardinals advertised around they were not looking for starting pitchers, and then when they saw a market slowing or a market not producing the bat that they wanted shifting and looking for a play that would help next year more than this year. I find that interesting. It also would have helped clear the outfield situation up. The Cardinals could also get some good intel from talking to A's about Gray. Because remember some of the teams that were in on Gray were also in Lynn, and that kind of data could help the Cardinals know what to ask for if Gray went elsewhere and, say, the Yankees were still interested in Lynn. That's a sneaky good move to get info, if you think about it.
Then it's on me to do better and explain what these statistics mean. I will aim to do better.
They need to develop their own pitching. They need to find a way to do that or else their run at a dynasty will always require them to buy, buy, spend, spend on pitching depth and that's a hard way to go about maintaining consistency -- or a budget. Yes, there is always pitching available. But it's not always great pitching. This is where the Cubs have privately talked about the Cardinals having the edge, and it's the way the Cardinals are a few years ahead in their development. They have the pitchers. The Cubs have yet to figure out how to get theirs, consistently.
Seems like a good spot to end here. Thanks for spending the afternoon with me here at StlToday.com. Been a good and really lively chat, and the scope and depth of the questions remains impressive week to week to week. We'll be back next week. The chat goes on the road. To Boston. May even do some of the chat from Fenway Park if the timing is right. In the spirit of the American League ballpark, perhaps I can even use a designated chatter.
Enjoy the I-70 Series. Rick Hummel is at the keyboard for the entirety of the series in KC. I'll return when the team does to Busch Stadium. Enjoy the Hall of Famers gamers.
We'll chat next week.