Their immediate need. The return of his velocity and change. But their need.
Interesting question. Does not appear to be. But under scrutiny for sure. That goes for all of the coaches, probably at this point. The Cardinals are committed to developing on the job -- then they're going to want to see some development.
Different sports have adopted different stances on this issue, and the NFL one is widely out of touch when it comes to the scenario you present. Baseball's is closer. I have not heard a succinct answer from the NFL, though we did recently hear from the Phillies about how baseball has positioned its policy. The Phillies have erased so many references to Herrera around their ballpark and in their clubhouse, and they had him removed from the All-Star ballot hours before the ballot went live. All of that was based on an allegation, and his suspension is while the legal process is unfolding and an investigation is being done by MLB. At the time the Cardinals were there, he was not proven guilty. Drug tests are obviously far, far, far, different. There's a test. There's a result. If it's positive there is a suspension. The test is the judge and jury in this case. The legal process with domestic abuse is going to obviously move slower, so baseball has installed with the union an open-ended suspension.
Depends on how long Yadier Molina is injured and Jedd Gyorko is on the bench. Molina is taking BP in Florida this afternoon, and he could be in the lineup by the end of the week if it goes well. Knizner will go back to Memphis. Edman figures to go back when Gyorko returns. Imagine Knizner will get at least one more start before he departs. Wieters was pretty beat up over the weekend. Knizner did well handling Wainwright and he's got an upside bat that can contribute. Edman is likely to be that lefthanded bat off the bench; not sure how many starts he'll get during this stretch while the Cardinals are searching for traction.
It's 2019. Whose got time for optimism when there's Snapchat.
They need their current bats to be better. That's the way to improve the offense. Or they need to move one to clear a spot for somebody better. The more direct route is getting their current bats to hit like they usually do.
Not by the Cardinals directly, no. But I have heard the Cardinals expect to explore if he would be available and what that cost would be.
Indeed. It really seems like the view of the Cardinals' drafts in this chat is polarizing.
Please, no. The Green Monstrosity is awful. However, I do find it the height of Marlins comedy that it cost them so much money to remove it -- when they refused to pay players that much. Pity they couldn't trade the sculpture.
All of it, yes. He was not thrilled. Cardinals were aware.
Another year or two of this would plunge the Cardinals back into the 1990s.
He's starting today. And there is a sense around the team that the question asked earlier about Edman should really be asked about Munoz. More playing time for him against lefties, for example, and looks at shortstop like today to spell DeJong, and so on. His bat plays, in targeted opportunities.
I would not have. I have been told on Twitter that I am fool though. (Shrug emoji.)
Playing time. Consistency. Had some health issues that slowed him.
Can we all agree on this: If the Cardinals signed Kimbrel or signed Keuchel -- they would still make a lot of money. Lots of it. Lots of money. They would still make lots of money. They would make less money if they signed Kimbrel, but still plenty, and if they signed Keuchel they would make a lot of money. In all the conversations I've had or tried to have about Keuchel the question wasn't a willingness to spend money it was a doubt they would get value back for that money because of uncertain health, durability or the production related to those things. As for Kimbrel ... Cardinals want Jordan Hicks to be the closer. They think he can be pretty good. And, yes, for now he's cheaper. That's the system.
Thank you, Jack. I get the sense that a lot of times readers do what the manager did -- lump the "media" together into one big gigantic lump. We don't helps ourselves by doing the same sometimes. One of the goals of this chat over the past six, seven years that I've done it to be as transparent as possible so that people have a better understanding of the many, varied different kinds of media that cover the team, and then make a decision on what information they trust and what information they want. That's all.