That's where we agree. The other 29 teams whiffed if that's the case.
Class AAA, center fielder.
Definitely another name to add to the list, though past reviews of him as a possible fit have not been favorable. That could because of his injury history, or his cost.
Agreed. He does. And a good defensive shortstop, to boot.
Maybe "to boot" isn't best used when talking about someone's defense.
He's a player to keep, not trade.
It is really that simple.
No. They just have low averages because of the slow starts. Matt Carpenter has given from his average to get more power, but that's not the tradeoff you think it is. It is in part because of the shifts that he's seeing more and more often. Hard to hit for a high average when you're constantly having hits stolen from that side of the field. Better to hit over the shift, and that may increase the damage with a decrease in average.
He walked down the aisle to Here Comes the King. St. Louis kid, through and through.
See earlier in the chat. Outlined in as much detail as we had time.
Let's see, power upside who can play middle order positions. Yep, like the value there, and there's a lot of different places to put his bat that gives him the time to learn to be a better hitter. I like that kind of player.
I am, and it is not tough. It is my job. It is a very essential part of my job. If I cannot keep track of what is off the record and what is on the record then I lose those sources, and if I lose those sources then I lose my job.
Sure seems fair to say true.
Neshek is in Philly, so that won't work.
Yep, and next week it will shift again. Each chat has its own biorhythm.
That makes a lot of sense. Healthy bullpen churn is valuable to a team, especially when it comes to how much those teams play against other teams in the division.
Not one of them will be the bat that changes this lineup. Lengthens it? Sure. Improves it? Absolutely possible. Transforms it? Nope.
You know this has been something I've discussed more often more recently with a few folks around the Cardinals and just around such decisions in baseball. I have not heard Harper come up as a likely target for the Cardinals, and that could just because the general sense is that he'll be a Yankee or he'll be a Dodger, that recent stuff about the Cubs notwithstanding. Where the Cardinals would be a fit would be the history edge, the fact that the Cardinals are a crown-jewel club like the others mentioned, and that may have some appeal. In may ways he would significantly alter the perception of this team -- from buttoned-up to the tight wallet. But that doesn't mean they're going to chase him for the change to their perception, or that they could even offer him what he wants because, look, a big market is going to appeal to him, and that is why LA and NYC come up. It's the marketing aspect. I recently spoke with someone aware of the market that could be coming for these free agents, and they suggested that Harper would be the far better fit for the Cardinals than Machado. I thought that was interesting. We talked about the position, about the personality, about the style, about a few of the things mentioned above, and then I was told it was unlikely they'd be a player for him at the levels of the others. We'll see.