We have not had access to the manager yet; not until after the game. I will update as soon as I can, promise.
Major League-sized ballparks for spring training. Weather. And it's where some of the best pitchers collect and where some of the best pitchers separate themselves. All of that is a factor. Did I mention that weather, wind, Florida climate, all of that.
No more so than playing baseball.
The GM is coming to talk to us. Gotta step aside from the chat.
Randy Arozarena has a fractured hand -- after HBP on Saturday -- and he'll miss many weeks. He's headed to see a hand specialist. Rangel Ravelo had no structural damage in his ribcage or near his ribcage, and he'll miss a couple of days.
It's March 18. So, no. He has sixth months to make that decision for them.
Sure seemed to. The role was his to secure, and he pitched like that. Strong statement.
Except that 29 other teams don't work like that because acquiring and maintaining talent is the name of the game. Now, if they can get substantially better then they'll take that player ahead of the option-exhausted player. Saw this last year with Jordan Hicks. But if the improvement is only incremental, then the depth is more valuable than the improvement and the Cardinals and 29 other teams will go with the player who is out of options and keep talent.
Cardinals do have two roster moves before the final off day of spring. RHP Meisinger and RHP Hauschild reassigned to minor-league camp.
It's not just the dimensions. It's the site. That's part of it. And the Cardinals and Marlins don't want to have spring training at a ballpark that is functionally easier to hit in and thus absurdly misleading than a big-league park. Consider what happened today on the back fields. Flaherty draws field 4, I believe, and Mikolas draws No. 2. Well the wind blows out of Field 2 and into the main field, and it blows across or in on Field 4. They're pitching in different conditions. A fly ball vs. Mikolas could carry, carry, carry out, and a fly ball against Flaherty can veer veer veer, and that same fly ball hit on the main field is going to die die die and that's partially because there isn't a second deck, let alone a third deck, to change the wind patterns. You just get this death valley at Roger Dean Stadium that smothers hitters. Take that into account. Which we all can. And the dimensions don't need to change. Our understanding of them does that for us.
Probably not. Those projections seem oddly light.
He has the potential to be the most productive shortstop in the division and play average defense for that position. A strong all-around year that asserts his place as the teams shortstop and a middle-order hitter. Wouldn't be a shock at all if he's a No. 3 hitter at times this season.
The hard, fast date is opening day -- or the day before in some cases -- and that is when a roster has to be set at 25 man. There are dates during spring training when the IL is available and when the 60-day IL is activated, and that happened earlier this season than in the past. There are other dates scattered around. There's a date when contracts become guaranteed for the coming season, and before that date teams can cut the player on a one-year deal and pay a portion of the salary. There is also opt-out dates. Those are negotiated or assigned for major-league free agents. Pena and Wieters have the same opt-out date coming, March 22.
If I did know and wrote about it or answered about it here, then it wouldn't be honoring the off the record. That would be a breach of what that phrase means to people in this case.
Moving fast. He's still considered one of the most recent draft picks who could accelerate to the majors because he has the stuff of a reliever.
Brebbia has options, which makes him vulnerable to the shuttle. That's all. Leone is in the same spot. As are all of the pitchers with options. That's the reality of the modern bullpen. It just is. We don't have to agree that it is right. And we can argue that it's wrong, for sure. But I also added that Brebbia can make it a non issue by making himself irreplaceable, and he has the chance to do that, and we've seen him pitch well enough to make that possible.
That's a good way to look at it. It's a tie at this point. If they're leaning one way it's to the guy with the resume that they signed during the middle of the spring, but Pena, to his credit, has made this a race, and his feel for the clubhouse and feel for the pitching staff has not been overlooked in the Cardinals' discussions.