He would not have landed "that kind of haul" from Arizona. They wouldn't have been in the market for that move. Lots of things would have been different -- first and foremost a young man would be alive. Full stop.
I don't see one, other than the roster spot. Not sure how many different ways I can see it. The Cardinals -- the Cardinals, the team, not the reporters, not the newspaper, not me, the Cardinals -- have sided with an extra arm in the bullpen, and they're holding to that. No matter the cost. No matter if it costs them their backup 1B, or if it costs a deal they could have made down the road. So, um, yeah. I've said it before. There I've said it again. It's an odd trade, and it seems to be a trade where the Cardinals did not have the leverage because Atlanta knew they wanted the roster spot for Piscotty (no surprise), weren't playing Adams much (again, not news), and were intent on sticking with an eight-man bullpen (still).
The benefit to us? Well, I get delightful questions like yours. You get brag to you buddies that you really took it to that reporter guy on his chat with an anonymous name and no picture. Made your Tuesday.
But Ernie Banks Twice on Sunday.
They will not. It was an important and welcome move for them to induct him into the team's Hall of Fame. That was an excellent move, and I was proud to serve on the committee that made that possible and advocated for it.
Second governor of New York. Founding Father. Signed the Treaty of Paris.
I asked that question last week, and the consensus from chatters was a contending team if it's boring, but one that is consistent successful. If a team could guarantee championships by spending then we'd be in the glory days of the Los Angeles Dodgers Era.
Monday. They got a day at home.
You probably want more power from third base. If you really want to break the system and go all Kirk vs. Kobayashi Maru on the poll, move Jeter to second base.
It can be, and as discussed earlier, there are teams that want MLB to monitor this possibility.
Fair question. One Tuivailala has started answering.
The Cardinals don't have the makings of that deal.
We've talked in the past chats about Josh Donaldson and there's also the possibility that Hosmer and Moustakas on the other side of the state become available. Right now there is just a loose outline of what the trade market is going to look like and most of it is based on reading the standings -- not reading actual trade talks. Spoke to a few scouts this past week that described the Royals as a real compelling team in the coming weeks because they'll have players to move, impact players to move, and players that if they don't move it's clear they want to make a play on -- or get the picks for. That makes their decisions fascinating.
Sounds quite familiar, Bruce.
No prospect on the outside of the rankings did more to assert his place and rewrite the depth chart to include his name than Patrick Wisdom this past spring. He put himself in the conversation -- and had to come from far outside it to do so.
I mean, were they Billy Goat chips?
I believed it was a revealing home stand, and it's one that the Cardinals did not take advantage of. They had a chance to sweep San Francisco, and made mistakes that kept them from doing so. They lost two extra inning games at home because the offense could not find a run in a total of 23 innings -- 11 one night, 12 the next. That is a big miss. And that puts them in real jeopardy on this road trip because after a winning home stand a 2-4 road trip looks different, a 1-5 road trip looks different, but now a 2-4 road trip continues what really is a losing stretch, and a 1-5 road trip leaves them with two wins in 11 games. They had a chance to really stake their hold on the top of the division, and they gave it up.
Rankings don't work that way. I think of them in these terms, and when I write them I look at the Three Ps for every prospect:
Position -- What position they play and how valuable or versatile is that position.
Proximity -- How close, today, are they to the major leagues.
Potential -- What is their upside, their ceiling, and their floor.
A mix of those things help lead to where that player ranks.
I have to believe, given the voting trends, neither of these would be a factor. It's entirely possible that Mussina will be more helped by the voting body skewing younger and coming in with Moneyball as a guide in the coming years. The voters who have expressed frustration with Schilling's politics or his statements are few and far between and only serve as anecdotal, not actual evidence.
The White Sox are very very happy with the young talent they have. They fancy themselves the next Cleveland Indians at worst, the next Chicago Cubs at best.