If you're getting it elsewhere, you can. Sure.
He's going to get a run of playing time. This is similar to the promise that was made to him at the end of last season and then he took off. Remember the Cardinals sided with more playing time for Grichuk than signing Carlos Gomez, because they thought, hey, let's see if Grichuk is Carlos Gomez, or something like him. They did that, and there's more of that coming, based on the comments. There is one caveat, and it's an important one: Pham. It is entirely likely that he'll continue to get playing time too because he's produced, so it could be a 60/40 split, or it could be three into two positions if the Cardinals see Piscotty needing time or starting to flag in production.
That seems odd to write about a player the Cardinals currently have hitting No. 3.
Either way. Here's the rule of thumb that I've learned through the years: Don't cover a mediocre team. Mediocre teams inspire apathy. Mediocre teams aren't interesting to read about so they're isn't much interest in what you have to write about them. Have a team a team at the extremes -- really good, or really bad. What's different about the Cardinals than most other teams is that mediocre even gets the attention because with their fan base and their history mediocre isn't anywhere near good enough. That's the best part of covering the Cardinals -- there is no such thing as a team that won't generate interest. Even when it's boring the fans wonder why it's boring.
Good for you with that Lyons caveat. Seems fair.
The teams I cover and the paper I work for would frown on that, just in the same way your job likely would. This is my job. I have to work. I don't get to sit in the stands and enjoy the game. I sit in the press box and I blog or chat or report or write throughout the whole game. I do my best to give my son a chance to enjoy the game and enjoy some of the things I get to do as a result of being around the game, but this is just like any other job, honestly.
And it bores the heck out of him -- really, bores the living heck out of him -- to be around me when I'm writing or chatting or blogging or reporting, so why waste his time with the travel when he can be outside actually playing the game.
Could be. Gyorko at third is producing like a third baseman. Not sure about hitting .330, but this is a player blossoming, not a hot streak.
No chance. Washington wouldn't even make that trade in baseball cards.
He would require a haul, because his contract may not be as imposing as you think. Stanton has an out. You have to look at the fine print on some of these deals, especially ones that large. Christian Yelich is under control through the year 2022, and his contract never rises above $15 million a season. Stanton can opted out after 2020, just as his salary is about to skyrocket to $29 million a year. So, even if he's a bargain for the team at that point, it's a bargain that will be vamoosing to get rich elsewhere. And for the right to be the team that he chooses to leave, it will still cost a haul of prospects. The risk is that he stays -- injury, lack of production -- and then the cost of prospects really looks risky.
Wishful thinking, I suppose.
It was an example. Sure, Fowler can get a day off. He did recently.
Teams are guilty of it too, so it's entirely fair to do so. I try to offer some tools to look at how deals are made so at least fans/readers can get a clearer sense what's realistic. That's my goal. I know that it comes across as being a killjoy, but I still think people want me to offer a realistic look, and now start wheeling off on the best players they can get, the best players the must get, and ignore the fact that a team has a 25-man roster and cannot possibly add three players to get to 28 just because, darn it, I said so. I like to think people come to the chat to get pragmatism, not fantasy.
The Mets did it. The Padres did it. I suppose the Cardinals would do it if they were financially motivated and felt that it would benefit the play of the game. Right now, that hasn't gained much traction. An extra row of seats? An extra few home runs? A few fewer doubles? I suppose if the game really experienced suppressed offense for a stretch, the Cardinals would consider it. It would not be a knee-jerk move, though.
Your sarcasm is noted, Bruce. It won't be forgotten.
Gyorko deserves a lot of credit for recognizing something in his swing late last season that he could capture and duplicate over and over and over again and also unlock with opposite-field power for a higher average. He felt it, and then he spent this winter making sure that it was muscle memory, simplified, and then he took off. He called it at the start of spring training. One of the first conversations he and I had there were about how he finally felt comfortable with a swing that he knew could produce and knew that he could maintain and fix quickly. He thought he was primed for a strong year if he could get the playing time. QED.
Sure. But it's close. Control is part of it. I think Ozuna is an excellent player in the midst of a career year, and Yelich is only going to get better.
First, it was not Cardinals officials who told me that. The Cardinals aren't going anywhere near that conversation with me. Not that I haven't tried. That ain't happening, not this early in the process. So, let's clarify that, and if I misspoke during the podcast then I definitely regret that error. Second, the perception was largely based on the style of player they are and the market they might look to land in, be it for Madison Avenue or personal reasons. C. Trent Rosecrans, who covers the Reds for the Enquirer, was suggesting that Harper -- if he would take the money and be in a smaller market and trust in his stardom to bring the advertisers and marketing opportunities -- would be a brilliant departure for the Cardinals from their buttoned-up reputation and be the antidote to whatever public perception the Cubs have built as the fun team. Harper would be a fantastic addition to the rivalry, to the future, but that doesn't mean that he'll choose the Cardinals over, say, the larger market teams that will be a-courting him. The thought was similar about Machado. Just that he might not, given his choice, go to the Cardinals or see the organization as a fit for him.
If so, you'd think they would be so much more eager to have him here than they have been.
Frogger was my description.
But, yes, Friday was Mozeliak's response to viewing the roster he built, the roster he constructed, not getting the results it should because of use or down performance. So, splat.
Entirely reasonable. Please don't take my view of Yelich as anything more than a compliment of Yelich. Ozuna is an excellent player and would bring what the Cardinals need, for sure. Compliments are not a zero-sum game. I can say you asked an excellent question and not run out of compliments so that I cannot tell anyone else that they had an excellent question, too.
They. Are. Not. Interested. They would want Trea Turner in exchange for Trea Turner, and if you have a Treat Turner why would you be eager to trade for Trea Turner.