He has been dealing with that sore back for awhile, the back that could be related to the oblique strain he had -- and, more specifically, the oblique strain he wanted to avoid. That is a constant maintenance for him.
I've never heard regret, no. Their choices were limited. Yes, he deserves great credit for bouncing back. He is a professional athlete who thrives of competition. Not sure you'd expect any less.
Not yet. But we'll find out together. I'm eager to see how his and Matheny's strong relationship manifests with roster moves and discussions between the two.
When was he ever? I doubt Baltimore has any motive to move him.
This makes no sense for player or for the organization.
Pat Neshek is going to sing out as one obvious answer. Hand, out there in San Diego, is another, and he's going to command perhaps one of the biggest hauls of all. There's also Joaquin Benoit. The options in relief won't be lacking for sure. Pitching will be available for any team interested.
That would be a mistake unless all they found were rentals. The Cardinals cannot only concern themselves with 2017 this month because the problems of 2017 are going to be the problems of 2018 if they don't try to find what they need -- and this deadline, with its expected action, could be that opportunity. Look, the Cardinals find the trade prices this past winter to be exorbitant, and decided to go the free agent route for Dexter Fowler. What happens in July is the number of buyers are less and that makes it more of a direct bid, not necessarily the auction. Also, the clock is ticking. That can make moves happen that in the winter just drag on -- or never happen at all. Maybe that kind of deal doesn't happen for the Cardinals. Maybe they get a reliever and call it a month. But to ignore the possibilities of the market and not attempt to make a move for 2018 that could help in 2017 would just be delaying the inevitable -- and possibly losing leverage in the process.
Has teeth. Eager to see how they begin to sharpen in the coming six months.
Won't be today. Probably won't be in the coming weeks. Reassess this winter. And he's not alone.
They'd find someone. Duke could come back. Cecil emerges. A starter moves to the back of the bullpen. As outlined earlier in the chat, there are options -- and they fit with the Cardinals view of the ninth.
I honestly have no way of knowing, and neither do the Cardinals. I wish I could predict the future like that. Heck, the Cardinals with I could predict the future like that. It would make their job much easier -- and they could get it all done for the cost of a subscription to the paper or a willingness to answer a poll or two for online access. It would really save some dough because now they're paying for two general manager-types to find answers to these questions.
That said, your list is off.
I don't see the roster breaking down this way. Sure, Carpenter, Fowler, Molina, and Carlos Martinez are core assets that are more valuable to the team than they are going to be in the marketplace. No doubt. Lynn, Oh, and Rosenthal are the pitchers who fit all the traits of players who could be moved at the deadline, especially if the Cardinals move into sell mode. Duke could too if he gets to a point where he's obviously healthy and strong. Diaz would be appealing to some teams because his contract is really team-friendly -- and maybe there's a team out there that views him like this know-nothing writer. As for the rest of the folks on your list, there are so many names ahead of those. Flaherty. Alcantara. Carson Kelly! Harrison Bader. Woodford. Hicks. Hudson. Mercado. Sierra. Should I go on? Whenever you're looking at trades, I find that there is too much attention paid to the roster and the names in the majors -- and not enough to the players like Tilson, Kaminsky, Evans, Ramsey, etc. that actually do get traded. I'm doing my best to change that.
Think of it this way. Your another team. You've got a reliever the Cardinals want. Say a Neshek-type, or maybe a Duke-type from last year. You can have Tommy Pham or Harrison Bader.
Who you got?
They think they have a starter today, and they're willing to let this ride for a bit. As mentioned in the previous question, he's not really a player that the other teams are going to come shouting for. It's not like the other teams haven't had their chance to get him before, and the Cardinals know him best, are willing to work with him on his eyesight, and there is playing time for him here.
They are not. Their salary reflects the level they are at and the contract they have for that level.
Just for grins move him? Out of charity? Like an Adams deal, maybe? That seems ... odd.
Um, right. Just not like you described.
That's something to ask about, and it will be asked about. If it's missing, it needs to be added. And there is already evidence of the Cardinals looking in that direction. Shildt and Marmol are both considered excellent teachers -- and they've come from the minors into roles that were, at least in part, designed to have them teach. Pop Warner is in the same category, and now he's actually in that role. So, the shift has begun. We'll see if there's a discussion about the responsibilities, too.
Hey, Dave Dombrowski reads the chat. Who knew?
Jedi Mind Tricks aren't real. Despite what you read about Theo Epstein.