Can I say yes, yes, yes, I see them making a move as early as today for the bullpen? Would you believe me at all, considering they just did? Lyons is an upgrade for the bullpen -- but only if he's actually used. If he sits for another week in some nebulous long relief role, then goodness ... give him the Adams treatment. Send him to a team that will use him and get some player in return for extended spring training. Lyons is too good to just wait for a role that will never happen.
I have received no indication from the Cardinals or from folks aware of the Cardinals' interests in players that they intend a run at Otani. That could change, or they could be playing coy. But, at this point, that derby has all the signs of the ones the Cardinals do not feel they can win and do not participate.
I don't think he ever draw comparisons to those two players, no. I never heard them.
The money was added because Atlanta needed it to maintain their payroll. That's why money is added. The Cardinals are covering Adams' cost for this year -- or part of it -- and that allows the Braves to maintain their budget plans for this season, or offset the cost keeping Adams in the year to come. I have no earthly idea if Yepez can develop into a player of the caliber of Adams. Just don't. Adams did things in the minors that Yepez has not --- mainly because Adams came out of Slippery Rock older and flat mashed at Class AA, a level that Yepez has not yet reached and could be two years away from reaching. He does not have the profile of Adams, does not draw similarities to Adams, does not have that light-tower power that made Adams so appealing as a prospect. So, it is truly difficult for me to draw that comparison.
We do not have a get-save format for those stories. We do, however, clearly ask about the second-place finishes enough that Mozeliak this past weekend headed me off at the pass by bringing up the phrase "bridesmaid" before I even asked. I'll have to make an adjustment. Be less predictable with my cadence of questions, my pitch sequence, if you will. I clearly was tipping.
Thanks, JYoung. I think you've got it covered. A second baseman shifted into right field would be an infielder, and by rule it is an infielder, catcher, or pitcher who has the infield fly rule in play, and thus when a second baseman goes out there to RF and a popup comes his way if he could catch it under "ordinary effort" (i.e., Pete Kozma, Atlanta) then it would be the rule, and a SAC Fly could happen. I wonder about the opposite of what you're describing, and I'm not sure I have an answer for it.
SCENARIO: Ninth or later in a game, home team up, bases loaded, score tied, one out, and the visiting team calls in an outfielder for a five-man infield to try and get the double play. If there is a popup, could that outfielder be the one who settles under it, drops it, and then turns the double play? He's not technically an infielder. The rule does name infielder. Or, is he, by positioning an infielder? And thus maybe we need to then, for consistency, rethink what it means to be the second baseman or Nolan Arenado shifted out to shallow RF. Anyone got any ideas on this?
Did they come in second, for sure? I guess enough teams advertised that they bowed out -- or made a bid, knew it wasn't enough, and bowed out, that we can do some process of elimination. The Cardinals believe they were behind the White Sox offer. The Cardinals, at least, believed they were going to win -- until earlier last week when they got a real clear sense they had come up short and wouldn't get to try and trump.
I was not surprised a minor-league position player came in return, no. That made sense. The caliber of that player is an open question. Thought maybe Adams would draw a depth/complementary player from a higher level, maybe a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, for example.
Cardinals contacted Atlanta on Saturday morning. The Braves had been in touch earlier in the week as they sought first baseman. Cardinals said they now were in a position to possibly talk about Adams, and would that interest Atlanta. By Saturday afternoon the framework of a deal was in place, and while the Giants were taking BP the deal was finalized. Matheny met with Adams and talked to him, and a few minutes later Mozeliak approached the media with the announcement. There were no expanded talks, if that's what you mean, that would have included other parts of the 40-man roster.
Gurriel does not fit into that sentence.. The push back you'd get from the front office is the examples of Cecil and Fowler and Leake, two $80-million players and the fact that the Cardinals spent more than any other team in the majors on outside free agents this past winter. (The LA Dodgers spent more, total, but brought back several of the players they already had like Turner, Kenley.) That would be the push back. The promise must not be ignored: They can do more. And they are in need of a core player. No question. That player is going to cost something: money or prospects. Cardinals have both. So ... as I suggest in a podcast that will post later today, the stage is set, the spotlight is on, the crowd awaits the Cardinals to step forward.
Absolutely. I was told those considerations were "baked in."
They say they do, but no they do not. If they need 13 then they need to rethink the performance and readiness of the relievers they do have. Actions speak louder than words, and their feel for the bullpen is screaming from their insistence on carrying 13 pitches during a week when they had THREE OFF DAYS.
Yes. They can turn it around for the bullpen with better offense. Don't let the lineup skate.
Count me in the camp that believes last year's team had its faults exposed by Busch Stadium, and its strengths muted by the big ballpark downtown. Busch is a pitcher's park. Not a mashers park. And Busch, like several other ballparks including where the Giants play, puts a premium on a run prevention game. It can heighten a team that can catch the ball, make the right throw, and manufacture runs. The Cardinals didn't do much of any of those things last year. Not enough. And this year's team, while better defensively and better with pitching, hasn't shown an ability to manufacture runs. OBP to this point and overall speed is lacking. So, that doesn't really play into Busch's dimensions. Busch rewards a team that builds itself around pitching and run prevention and run generation, and it hinders a team that can just slug.
We can look that up. One second.
Jedd Gyorko -- 7 HRs. All solo.
Matt Carpenter -- 9 HRs. 5 with 1 runner on. 1 bases loaded. 3 solo. 1 with RISP. 6 w/ first base occupied.
Tyler Lyons was promoted today. Gant is still building arm strength on the job.
Indeed. When someone 40 years from now is writing a book -- or whatever we call them in the future -- about this time in Cardinals history, it will be referred to as the Yadier Molina Era. No doubt. And you make a compelling case, especially when you consider the overlap and the length of time. A championship for Molina and Wainwright without Pujols around would go a long way to cement their place in the era ahead of the three-time MVP, for sure.
Sure. They could do that. But not at this point Not now, having exhausted their international spending already. And you'd be surprised how many players they can stack up with $100,000 and $300,000. If they could get a team to trade the equivalent slot value of a comp pick for the same level or slightly more when it comes to an international slot value, then it makes sense. They have also shown a preference for the middle-tier bonuses and gathering a bunch of those to see if one, two, three click.
Same thing is said every year at some point. Bullpens change. Always.