I was talking about the bullpen as a whole and the ingredients the Cardinals have -- if deployed at maximum effectiveness. That means Norris (good) at closer and Hicks (good) in high-leverage spots, and Brett Cecil not as a LOOGY and Tyler Lyons (healthy) in more of that role, when called upon. I agree that individual performances like the ones you have listed have not been good, and that as a whole the bullpen has had its wobbles. My point is this: the makings are there for a good bullpen. The depth is there for the makings of a good bullpen. Adding to it may not change that because, as Greg Holland shows, relievers are volatile and not always as advertised.
If I knew wouldn't I owe it to another human to tell them? Or at least alert a doctor? That seems like the right, proper, and human thing to do. Alas, I don't have a date -- or know if it will happen.
Manny Machado, if Hicks is the centerpiece.
A product of their situation, and thus a niche trend.
This has been my point. His at-bats re not given in a vacuum.
It's clear that Scott Boras used the Cardinals' opening and their manager's clear -- and public -- wishes for an answer in the ninth inning to arrive at the offer the Cardinals gave him. The salary was going to be higher because the deal was shorter, and it wasn't so much the other team's interested as the market itself that would have helped set that price. Yes, it could have dropped in the coming weeks, month, if he had no takers -- it also could have maintained the same cost with less innings to throw if the Cardinals' need became more acute. This was clearly a move to get the dugout the closer of name that they wanted -- and they'd played chicken in the winter and got to a point where both sides wanted to make the deal available, not necessarily the best deal either could find.
Probably somebody off the DL. It's not like the Cardinals have infinite available players on the 40.
That was beyond speculation, because it was something I and others reported. So we should be held to that. Here's my understanding of those conversations now that we have the benefit of hindsight -- which was not available during the actual talks, as you can imagine. Neither, for that matter, were any comments whatsoever from the Cardinals. The Cardinals and Rays were having discussions about a trade. That much was known, confirmed, and reported. A source familiar with the Cardinals' evaluation of players had previously told me that Colome interested them because of his familiarity with closing and the years of control on his contract. That meant: The Cardinals didn't necessarily see him as a closer, but as a reliever who they could control and may use as a closer, but didn't have to. He was like Leone, for example. A source familiar with the Cardinals' review of Colome also complimented, specifically, his slider. The Cardinals had an opening at closer, and it made sense to people who had some knowledge of the talks that Colome would be involved in those discussions. What wasn't clear is if Colome was the target of those discussions. It eventually became apparent and confirmed that Chris Archer was the target of those discussions on the Cardinals side -- and that the involvement of any other player was likely brought up by the Rays. Evan Longoria said that he understood it came down to the Giants and the Cardinals for the Rays with him. Well, the Cardinals again, according to sources, saw their pursuit as more about Archer than the other two Rays mentioned. Colome would have been third on that list, if not lower, when it came to the Cardinals interest. Hope that helps explain how a story a reported, how details are sussed out over time, and how we'd all be right if we waited for the end to tell how teams got there.
Pending an injury, yep. The Cardinals do have an injury or two that would at least get a discussion at this point for the 60-day, if they wanted to avoid the DFA.
Greg Holland was of interest to the Cardinals entering the offseason, and continued to be at different times throughout the winter. That was reported -- and that was the case. The Cardinals also had some discussions about Morrow, and he chose the Cubs. The Cardinals did have interest -- though it's not clear how dedicated they were -- in at least one of the relievers that signed with the Rockies (Shaw). Wade Davis did not seem to move the needle with the Cardinals because of the cost. So, per usual, the answer comes from both options offered in this question, not one.
He's on the DL. That would not be the move, not at all. If they did this, it would mainly just be punitive and red meat for the message boards. They would be playing to their base, not running a baseball team.
He has a nerve issue that is keeping his muscle from firing when needed. It is similar to what Chris Carpenter had -- and it is going to take time to unravel the root cause and allow the arm and nerves to heal, just as it did for Carpenter. This is a longterm issue, at this point.
He does not, no. But your comparison is presented here so others can make their own conclusion.