Sucre. Pena. They stand out. There's also Butera. Going to depend somewhat on if any of them are willing to take a minor0league deal with a win wink,nudge nudge that they're going to be on the big-league team.
His slider -- that second pitch -- is going to be a swing-and-miss pitch. It's not all that unusual for a high-velocity guy to get a lot of foul balls. Look at some of the fastest pitches in MLB over the past four, five years. They're rarely swinging strikes. They are foul balls or they are balls. Hitters can time them -- they just don't make solid contact on them. That has value. I get where you're coming from re: starter. But in today's game the ability to have a flamethrower from the bullpen who can handle that role for years to come has immense value. Look at the volatility of bullpens. You'd be doing away with that with one role. You would be making a certainty. It's not a coincidence that some of the best Cardinals teams in recent years had Motte and Rosenthal emerge for late innings from within. Hicks is that reliever.
It could have gotten weirder, honestly.
I bet he can drop a bunt -- on skates, too.
Kansas City has already hired him, so I guess the Royals. He's going to be in line to manage there.
It's different from team to team. The Cardinals are aggressive with such things. Ownership told me that they insure a lot of contracts -- more than most teams probably do. They're insuring a lot of the multi-year deals that they put in place. So, even like an Andrew Miller deal might be something the Cardinals get insurance on and another team wouldn't. That has a cost. Premiums are pricey.
Those are the kind of offers he's going to get.
That's on the table. I've seen research that goes both ways on this topic -- and other research that suggests it hinges on the style of pitcher and the pitcher's injury history, too. What you describe is definitely something the team has/will discuss.
I don't. Harper isn't sitting around wondering why the Cardinals have limited interest in him. Scherzer was. He was waiting for the offer from the Cardinals, the one that he wanted to take, the one that would have been the hometown discount that he would have considered, the one that never came, the one the Cardinals have admitted they made a mistake not offering.
No marathon today. I have a Christmas story to write and another story to complete before the end of the day. So, there are assignments stacked up today. My grievances are minimal. I'm looking forward to hiding out for awhile and sharing tomorrow morning with my son.
As of today. But they're still looking.
It's. Not. The. Writers. Saying. That. It's the writers conveying the Cardinals explanation when the writers ask, and then the writers -- as this writer stressed earlier in the chat -- suggest that it's debatable, and there are other, sharper reasons. But it's not the writers saying that. It's the writers doing their job to ask the question, get the answer, relay to the fans, and then offer counter examples or perhaps reasons why the team would be adopting this stance. Can we make that distinction, please?
I would not be keen on trading Hudson. That would be a mistake. If the Cardinals could sell Cleveland on Jose Martinez as the center piece of the Kluber deal, by all means. Go on. That would make sense for the player, too. But the Cardinals couldn't get Cleveland to engage on Brad Hand. I'm not real eager to splash control years on Cleveland for Kluber.
They are going to make this decision during spring. Right now, they are stating confidence in Fowler's bounceback to form, and what else would you expect at this point? He has to prove health in spring and then he has to show production during spring games. It's rather simple when all parties when you think about it. Performance will make the decision for them.
Every team should have interest in Bellinger -- unless they stop and think why would LA be so keen to move such a good player? What do the Dodgers know that the rest of the teams should? It's just weird.
I don't have one. But Cardinals fans should be eager to see Ramon Urias (he hits) and Genesis Cabrera (he's a lefty with sizzle). They could contribute in some way this season. On the horizon, there's a young hitter from Cuba who could join Gorman as the team's top two position player prospects in the next 12 months and both could be top-50 talents a year from now, easy. His name? Malcom Nunez. Stay tuned.
Well that will just make Christmas dinner with the in-laws dull. Who doesn't what a side of debate with their ham this time of year?
What? No. These are unrelated issues. They can just walk away from Carpenter if they want. He's got an option for 2020, and they can say thanks, try to give him a qualifying offer, take the pick, and go elsewhere. There is room for Goldschmidt, Arenado, and Carpenter on the same roster.
Marginal. This was a salary move.