Well, at least once or twice a year. I seek out those assignments.
I am anti-DH. Prefer the game without it. But that's the losing side of the argument in the near future.
Nolan Arenado is that kind of player.
Matt Carpenter does a lot of those. Kolten Wong can. Dexter Fowler did at his best, if he gets back there. These hitters are more common than you make it sound. The definition of a "Quality At-Bat" that you provide is very similar to the one that Mizzou used in the early mid-1990s for hitters. Interesting.
Well, they have interest. They were at least interested in a meeting at last check. They are not convinced that the interest is mutual, however.
Always a chance. Just seems unlikely until later in the season or after the season and even then it will come on the heals of an excellent season by him that only puts his eyes closer to free agency.
Britton would have a strong fit for what they want to do. That's just me.
You are not. They made the value play --- and when Britton signs we'll see by how much.
If Tommy Pham played to his ability, sure. He'd be in center and look at them go. I am struck by how fast they moved away from Pham and will have another starting center fielder for a fourth year in a row.
Believe it when we see it. Impossible to know today.
They have. This is where a lot of money has been spent in recent years on the Cardinals' department of performance and the pitching studies and pitching "lab" that they're trying to establish. This has been a goal of Mozeliak's and one of the projects he wanted to work a lot on as president of baseball operations. They've invested heavily in a new training facility in Jupiter, Fla., and new specialists. You've already seen some of the returns on it when you look at Adam Wainwright's return this past season, Matt Carpenter's work at third base, and in the coming months and years what they do with Andrew Miller. Miller brought it up as a selling point for the Cardinals -- and it was part of their "sales pitch" to him.
I disagree. Which is OK. Two colleagues can disagree. I'll rest my opinion on my reporting.
Yes. We've gone through that in recent chats. But, yes.
We're going to find out. Not too many players are doing the Rolen statue approach these days, though.
A fair point. And one that I've brought up -- not always with a good answer. He had a strong year throughout, wire to wire, in 2016.
Shared earlier on Bellinger. Smoak -- OK. Not sure what the Cardinals have to offer him.
It's not a given anymore. During spring training is a possibility, too.
Ryan Helsley. Genesis Cabrera. These are the talents on deck.
He will have a chance to finish the year in Class AA -- getting there before he turns 20. That will be especially true if Springfield is in the postseason and that's where he can get some playoff appearances.
From what I understand they were chasing both and seeing which came it at the preferred contract offer. I think what we're seeing with Britton is more interest from Phillies and Yankees and the bidding is rising. I was told to get Britton the Cardinals would have to "come strong," and I wasn't sure if that was dollars or years or role or all of it. There are big-spenders in the mix for him, and the Phillies have been described to me as "aggressive" for Britton. Seems like the Cardinals saw their better match with Miller in recent weeks and also saw a value play that they could make with a high return, if healthy.