When the standings separate in the NL Central, and they haven't. Still a congealed group.
I inferred that the worry was about his health, not his performance. Did I misread that?
Depends entirely on where they are closer to the deadline. The NL Central is keeping the Cardinals in the hunt. If the Cubs and Brewers and other NL teams pull away then the discussion changes. But today it's not any different than it was last week.
They would have to get their numbers to that level. Hot streaks are needed.
Excellent question. Key question. The answer is the Cubs. Everyone around baseball who I have talked with has said they expect more starting pitching to be available this summer than starters.
Yes. A veteran who can play third base, handle shortstop, and whose salary will likely be picked up -- or mostly will -- has value in the game. I know people will rush to Twitter to dismiss this comment and mock it, but consider this: The Cardinals traded David Carpenter for Pedro Feliz. Yep. Peralta is better right now today, mush so, than Feliz was at that moment years ago. A veteran at third for a team who needs someone to handle third and can avoid paying the hefty salary -- that has value.
Absolutely. Talked with folks over the past few days about Grichuk and what he's done. He's at High-A Palm Beach. Tripled in his first game there. Has continued doing work in the cages one on one with George Greer down in Jupiter. He's going to head to a higher level later this week and really give the reworked swing a go against better competition.
He is earnest. He is earnest at the plate and earnest in the clubhouse. He's earnest when he talks to his teammates, when he talks to his doctors, when he talks to his coaches, and when he talks to the media. It is an appealing and welcome trait.
They are going to speed up his ascent, yes. He's played well, and he has a skillset they want to test. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by forecasting moves, whether you're talking about the forecasted promotion for him (this is right on pace, like they talked about in spring) or whether you mean the moves the major-league team will be making in the weeks to come (Garcia is unrelated at this point).
Entirely possible, but not ahead of Garcia. Could depend on the need for a righthanded bat.
Considerably. It's like each individually player is trying to pull the team out of the funk at the expense of making a mistake that plunges them further. Like a player who thinks he has to hit a home run because there is no way he scores after a double because of the struggles behind him. That player then strikes out.
That really hasn't been ruled out. The preference is only to stick him somewhere, and remember Ben Zobrist didn't even really want to be the Ben Zobrist of the Cubs when he signed there.
Who said any of that? The words there in the answer. You don't need to fill in the blanks or assume.
Yes. He started as a third baseman. Has spent some time at first.
He was never going to get the chance to play like he is in Atlanta, so it would have been more of the same on the bench, in a pinch-hit role, maybe a few homers in Cincy where he was always good for a start. The real measure of that deal will be if/when Atlanta trades him near the deadline and how the Braves' return compares to what they gave up.
I keep waiting. It still doesn't happen. Something about the Break Glass reliever appeals to them.