Slightly better than that. It's up to him.
Carlson could be part of the competition for center field if Bader is also in the competition for center field. The belief is that Carlson will eventually settle into a longterm home at a corner outfield position, but he's worked to be a playable center fielder and made strides their last season.
Well, the Rays GM at the time is now in charge of the Dodgers. That's part of it.
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We'll see. In completed unrelated news, I will be taking a sabbatical from chats, pulling the SIM card out of my phone, and hiding in the mountains for the foreseeable future.
This is a great question. The answer appears to be they like Arenado more. That does connect with anything reported over the past few years, and what people within the Cardinals have been telling me all along.
Fowler, Carpenter, and Wong would be the on-hand candidates that leap to mind. Edman would be a sleeper pick on the days he starts around the infield.
I am not telling you that. They choose not to. They suggest that it's not sustainable for their business model. But that's them telling you that. I have only ever suggested that every team has money to spend. Revenues throughout the game are great, teams are doing fine, and they have money to spend. They choose not to do so for reasons they must defend to their fans.
I know what that phrase means. I don't know what the report means, or where that phrase would come from. I haven't heard that phrase from the Cardinals ever, and setting a bar like that seems counterproductive. Are they looking? Sure. Would like they like to add a player that improves them? You bet. Again, it's not my report. Ask the reporter what he means, please. I would welcome that explanation.
Good to go for spring training. Had a relatively normal offseason given that he was able to come back from the injury and pitch toward the end of the season.
I thought I could make a dent in the questions and I was wrong. There are more here than when I started about an hour or so ago, and they keep rolling in. I have to step aside for a bit for another commitment. I'm not sure if I'll be able to return. But I will try. There are so many questions in here that you took the time to ask, so I'll try to continue to give the time to answer.
Well, only the Reds thus far.
No. I'm the wrong audience, though. This is a baseball chat, and I haven't watched an NFL game in awhile. Wasn't too long ago I didn't watch one for an entire season.
We'll see in late March. Your prediction has been posted here for posterity. If you're wrong, however, it cannot be deleted.
That would be bad for a lifetime appointment in a position that can influence a country and radically alter the living conditions and rights of the citizens. Just saying.
Another 10 or 15 years would be then -- hold on, carry the 2, divide by 3 -- 18 or 23 years since the group won their previous World Series championship. That is not ideal for the Cardinals' brand or expectations of the Cardinals fan base. It also isn't 50 years, or 108 years.
I only voted for nine players. I had room for Kent on my ballot. And I wrestled with it, tremendously. But at each turn, I couldn't differentiate Kent from other candidates, the other ones still on the ballot. I could see a clear line after the top eight on my ballot. But the next four, five players -- all felt about like they had the same claim. They were all very good. Kent was very good. For his position, a standout with power. But I saw a line between nine players with elite performance and the next group.
Sure. Wong has a role in the future of the Cardinals. He's a good player. Would have thought we were over this by now.
No. He was banned for not cooperating with the investigation. The commissioner's office made that very clear. Spelled it out. Today's suspensions are not related.
I get where you're coming from, but whether they're a better fit or not is beside the point if they aren't a realistic option. I'd love to have a Tesla or a Jaguar, but if I can only afford a Hyundai, then here we are. And I'm not calling Arenado a Hyundai. I'm just searching for the adequate analogy here. A lefthanded bat would be swell. Just like a lefthanded pitcher would help too. But always choose the better hitter over the handedness of that hitter. That's my view.
That is all well thought out and well laid out. Good feel for the situation.
Interesting question. In baseball, employees are paid for the length of their contract. That's the guaranteed. So, when a manager is fired, they get paid the remainder of the contract. Same with a GM. That's the money guaranteed them from the start. Houston could challenge that notion by saying they were fired for cause. Not sure that's a fight the Astros want to take on at this point. But it's an interesting thought exercise. Would be being suspended from baseball, from the commissioner, be the cause for not paying out the contract? Clearly, the actions of the assistant GM would merit a for-cause firing and the team wouldn't pay out the remainder of his contract, if he had a multi-year deal.