Closer to 8 than than 2. The team is at a crossroads.
He is a good player. Lots of upside. And he deserves a lot of credit for taking on the challenge of getting stronger and in better shape, and he has done that on his own in the offseason. He should be applauded.
Ownership has complete buy-in on his ability and his potential. This is an ownership decision.
That would be the next alternative, yes.
Sure. He's hit his way into the conversation, either as a callup in September or an option if there's an injury at the level above and a need at his position.
This has been a poor season defensively. And it's unexpected and curious. He's rated lower on several defensive metrics this season, and according to Bill James he's been an even fielder after being a plus fielder last season.
Ok. We are going mobile. Keep the questions coming. I have a podcast to record, but I'll continue wading through the torrent of questions until Ballpark duties begin.
First, aggressiveness is his way of arguing against complacency. Don't wait for something to happen. He has drawn a line in the past week that decisions must be smart first, aggressive second. That is important. Second, Fowler.
I can. De-Young. From asking him.
It certainly influences their decisions when it comes to gaming the roster and recognizing there are now teams willing to wait on a prospect at the highest level even if it means plucking from Low A and spending a year or two of control getting a player development on the job. That has to be baked in.
Ok, going to start a special podcast recording. Look for it tonight or tomorrow. Will be back to chat shortly.
I don't agree that those are the best chips.
I am actually trying to be more conservative with "core" definition. You cast a pretty wide net when it comes to a core. Only a few of those players ever signed a lengthy deal with Cardinals, and some only appear to make list because of October success. That's fair for the past. It's impossible to identify for the future. I have no idea if Jack Flaherty will get the chance Suppan did to win a NLCS. I trust he will have the ability. The list is short because the core definition should be elite.
We all suggested that last year and voila, he had an exceptional second half, was one of the league's leading hitters. I get the need for concern, I get your open criticism, it just seems like Molina has personally made it a point to prove it all wrong.
No. Doesn't really work that way.
The Reds would not be interested. I doubt they would take my call.
They see 90 wins and a space in the postseason as success. They want to get 3.4 million tickets sold, and they full well they are on the cusp of riches from the new TV deal that starts next year. Their coffers will be full, and go to the Get-In school of postseason: Find a way there, consistently, because anything can happen once the playoffs start.
This sentiment has been shared a few times by people emailing me directly. The names of the players change, but the sentiment is similar.