The Rays don't win that deal. The Rays don't get a top prospect in that deal. That won't work for the Rays. I have to imagine that deal will include Reyes, Hicks, and it will hurt the Cardinals. Tampa Bay approaches deals that way. I do appreciate the work you did to line up some of the other Rays options to balance a deal, but don't overcomplicate it. The Rays want to win. They want to hasten their reboot. Archer is their best chip. They'll want the Cardinals' best in return.
Manager had the same reaction when I said it.
None really. He seems sold on being back. Has the contract. Probably wants three more years with Molina. No "thoughts" other than that.
We don't do those 'round here. Try to avoid them. they are ripe for mockery. We'd rather just do good stories.
This is the question. I actually think that all of the attention that fans give the payroll and the arguments that the Cardinals are "cheap" miss the real issue that's going on. They've been caught and surpassed at the game they once played ahead of the curve. They are not the destination team that they once were -- and why and how that happened is the real thing that should bother fans, concern fans. It's not the red herring of "Cheap" because if Stanton says yes, Price says yes, or Heyward doesn't want to go anywhere else then the Cardinals have those contracts, they've spent that money, and because those players said "no" the real question is why. Why weren't the Cardinals appealing? What has changed? Spending is the red herring. Appealing is the concern. And that's true internally. Some of the new "edges" that the Cardinals are looking for have to do with reviewing how they accquire and keep players and how to compete in a marketplace where evey team has money, some teams have larger cities, some teams have coasts, and the Cardinals aren't going to change St. Louis' geography. (No, they have limits.) Another area is medical. Sabermedicals. They're pouring money into a new weight facility down here and the Dept. of Performance that they hope keeps their best players on the field more often at every level and thus improves development and, ahem, performance.
Then it wouldn't have spurred much conversation.
If two of the planned starters are not around, then they would have to find outside help, it would seem. They would prefer to turn to the in-house options because they always prefer to do that, but the roster would be thin.
All of that and he's left handed.
Please see the answer on why Ozuna plays LF and how disappointed you'll be. As for DeJong: It does not. Doesn't change his salary much from what the Cardinals already expected. His contract is built to mirror arbitration.
I undersood the point. It was his day.
Expensive decoy. Sometimes you give baseball team's too much credit. They're not playing 3-D chess, here.
He has an oblique strain that could keep him out of the lineup for a key time here.
I honestly don't know. He may not know about the Brewers? Have to imagine he's aware of the Cubs and Cardinals because he's played both of them in the postseason recently and at least saw the moves of the winter. It's an interesting comment. Maybe he's just a big vintage NL East guy and remembers the Mets-Cardinals rivalries of yore and doesn't want to give those up. Not sure. Would be interesting to ask that followup.
I wouldn't read the tea leaves like that. They are in way different spots in their careers, and they wanted different things. DeJong doesn't even have a full year of sevice time in the majors and Pham is getting cloesr to arbitration. He can taste that. DeJong can sense the need for security. Different motivations. Also, the team is going to look at the deals differently. A six-year deal for Pham would have cost the Cardinals far more than one for DeJong because they'd be buying out three free-agent years. Pham would have cashed in on that deal, and then you'd say the opposite of your question. I cannot stress enough that service time matters so much. Games played matters so much. A regular vs. a part-time player matters so much. Those are the determining factors, and that is why sometimes a far better player goes year to year and another player gets his extension. Just a year ago, the Caridnals locked-in Stephen Piscotty and decided to go year-to-year with Grichuk. Imagine the message that sent. Again, service time mattered.
Approved. He's not trying to "fix" sore back. This isn't Time Bandits. He's trying to strengthen the area around his back, where he's sore., to increase stability and limit the strain on the area that is causing him problems.
To be fair, he did it tongue in cheek and Gyorko actually proved how he as slimmed down. Same with Matt Adams. These stories aren't trying to complete your bingo card. They're trying to pass along info.
They are working on it. Waring to it. Maddux told me a story about how some of the pitchers are so new to it that they had to adjust their aim so high that some thought they were throwing the ball to the backstop. It just felt foreign to them. So he urged them to try, get over it, and then dial it back if the all actually did go to the backstop.
That this is a good spot to end the chat. There is news to write about for tomorrow's paper -- a little contract mambo today at the ballpark. An extension here, a renewal there. Full slate of games this week for the Cardinals all speeding toward next Monday when the Caridnals ahve their first off day of spring. But it's not an off day for StlToday.com. Oh no. I'll be back to host another chat next week. Ben Frederickson is parachuting into Jupiter, Fla., to pick up coverage duties and continue the annual migration of columnist. Rick Hummel and I will remain, affixed to the keyboard, poised to cover anything that comes up. Jesus Ortiz will be hosting a chat from Jupiter this week as well. We've got some stories that have been simmering for several weeks, and those will start rolling out over time, all leading up to the big season preview section on March 25. And check out the podcast. It has a leaf blower. Heck, maybe the next episode we'll get the one-on-one with the bulldog.