Not if he's stealing extra-base hits. There's room for a game-changing glove at that position if everyone else is carrying the offense. He can take his walks batting eighth and contribute.
That is correct. That is the lineup the Cardinals want for opening day.
Wherever this question was going, I'm betting my answer would be no. Boras is doing quite fine. This is how he plays the market, and he's good at his job. No doubt.
There has been no publicly expressed interest by Harper, not that I've seen. I'm not sure who the other free agent is that you're mentioning here. Free agents rarely publicly mention where they want to go unless it's home or back to the team they just played for.
There hasn't been any movement on that. Risk is a part of it. Depth is another part of it. The Cardinals see Reyes, Hudson, and others as possible fills for Wacha's spot in the rotation, and there's a parade of outfielders stacking up that could possibly win the LF job if Ozuna departs. First base is far different. There isn't depth. There isn't a Goldschmidt coming.
Have to step aside for an interview. Will return in a few minutes. Thank you. Enjoy the poll.
Alright. Sorry about that. Let's hit the stretch drive here.
That would be indication the season went sideways -- or rather upside down. Not what they want to do have happen. They'd take the hitter and accept the draft pick.
That is not likely, no. The Cardinals would be shopping for a third baseman probably and moving Carpenter back to first base.
The market for Ozuna was explored. I don't think the Cardinals were actively shopping him as much as trying to understand if that would be a prudent move that freed up a spot in the outfield. They didn't get the kind of interest/conversation that made that worth pursuing.
Not evils at all. The trade deadline makes a lot of sense, to me.
I think this is a huge question for the Cardinals and one I've been trying to explore in the chat and discuss in print: the Cardinals have sided with quantity over known quality, and that's a risk they're willing to take. They believe quality will emerge from quantity. I would like to point out again and again that's not a certainty. Certainty costs more.
Now we're really getting ahead of ourselves. I'm eager to see how soon the Cardinals trade for Matt Holliday's son and try spend a year convincing him that he wants to sign longterm. I bet the social media of the future will have something witty and barbed to say about that.
I have, yes. I have heard no movement toward that. It's interesting however to hear some owners recently talk about needing to address the minor-league situation and improve it so that the players are making a living wage. That is encouraging.
It would be like the Cardinals did with Wacha and Shelby Miller and Jack Flaherty -- creating breaks in there, off around the All-Star break. Limits like that. The season has the elasticity they need to allow that. The 15-day IL will be interesting to watch as an element of this.
It. Was. One. Game. And yes the Cardinals will likely explore trades for Gyorko, depending on health and options out there. But that's next month's chat topic.
Wouldn't be a surprise. He doesn't miss much.
Eventually, sure. By the end of March? Not likely. Knizner has had a strong camp so far.
That doesn't seem like a question for me at all. Seems like Mozeliak could speak better to that since a) I didn't make those statements and b) I don't really know the explanation behind them. As discussed in a previous chat, the complication comments were odd to me because they ran counter to the opportunistic comments he usually states. I get that the 40-man is crowded and that options are a problem that they're going to have to address at some point if there are poor performances. Fine. Every team has the same thing. Not unique. That said, the goal is to improve, improve upon what you have and while the Cardinals may not do that in the way Twitter wants or some fans want, I've never heard them closed off to it. Color me skeptical that they are now.
Doesn't seem to be regret about Pham. Dan Haren they should regret but that was seven generations ago, it seems. And Mulder did have the strong season. Voit has done well for the Yankees, but he wasn't going to ever get that playing time with the Cardinals. Could be a misread on his ability, but not a mistake on the trade. Kelly really shined at Boston, but the Cardinals aren't hurting for players like that. Heyward deal was costly, but it's OK. Piscotty deal is working out on both sides. They replaced Grichuk with O'Neill, so the Toronto deal and Seattle deals check out. I'm sorting through the deals and don't see the miss. Mercado could turn out good for Cleveland.
It has been a pleasure to discuss baseball and talk about baseball and learn about strategy and even debate some and, sure, exchange sarcastic barbs a bit. I have enjoyed how he has challenged us to be aware in camp and notice changes, and how if we ask about them he has then taken the time to explain the purpose, the goal, and not been frustrated that we noticed something. I welcome the change to learn more about the game and talk about the game. I adore the game -- and it's one of the reasons why this job is so rewarding. In that way it's closer to covering Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan.