I don't think he's thrilled with the results because he's said as much. He digs the role. But I'm just going off of asking him. That's all I got.
Dave Duncan belongs in both halls of fame, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mike Maddux -- not Maddow -- has done well from what I can tell, and from what I've been able to ascertain from talking with people.
Quick aside, based on trade stuff: The lower-shelf of available starting pitchers is starting to move. The Cardinals, like Houston and it appears the Yankees, have not been interesting in adding a body to the rotation. They have set the bar at adding a difference-maker to the rotation, if possible. Now, the definition of a difference-maker could be different. Houston would be looking for an upgrade to a playoff rotation -- so somebody who would make a splash in a short series, whereas the Cardinals would be looking to add some sort of consistency as well for the race ahead.
McGee's contract is up at the end of this season. I have not talked to him recently about whether he wants to return or not, in large part because it's July and in my experience the answer I'll get at that time is "there's a lot of season left." At last check, Maddux's contract has some language that would lead to a return for 2020, if that's not a guarantee it's an option for him and the team. I don't see any indication that Maddux isn't open to and using modern pitching tools. He's been one of the people involved in the conversations about advanced tech usage, and I've spoken to him a few times about what Rapsodo brings to pitch-shaping and usage and how he's been looking at that.
You answered your own question, and I stand by me explanation of why he's not on the 40-man roster, yet. Yet. Yet. He's not on the 40-man roster yet. Period.
Heard you the first time. Still don't agree.
Toss up. Take the better the pitcher, whoever you think that is, regardless of handedness.
I have not. He has not been one that I've heard come up. There could be a reason for that: The asking price from the Mets. But I have not been able to link the Cardinals and Wheeler with certainty, and it's not for lack of asking around.
I get the question, and it's an interesting one. I don't get the sense that teams stack up trades like that. They think of them in silos. So the Goldschmidt deal is done, moving on. The Cardinals stocked -- what was it? -- a third of the Mariners' pitching staff last season, two/fifths of the starting rotation this season. Now, that's an AL team. But still, they were focused more on the returns they're getting and then let what happens happen over there. The equation is different within a division. I've heard from the Cardinals that they would rather not stock an opponent for a short-term add and then watch six years of a player they once had play against them ... But I don't think there's a hesitance to restock another team as long as the return helps now and later, or just helps so, so much now that they can stomach later.
Andrew Knizner sure looks ready for the majors to me, and not just offensively. He's handled games well. He's got the trust of Wainwright & others. Strong turn here by the young catcher. This time of year everyone seems to ask about untouchables, and while the Cardinals don't speak in absolutes, if you're listing prospects that they should avoid trading that list starts with Carlson and then Knizner before getting to other names. That's just my opinion.
Thor is new to the conversations, and he fits the profile of what the Cardinals are seeking, from what I have heard from people in the know. So, not mentioned by name, but certainly when it comes to the profile/traits of what they're trying to do he fits.
Cardinals have traded for Zac Rosscup, from the Dodgers.
Rosscup is headed to Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals are sending LA cash.
In recent years it was John Lackey. That was a surprise deal.
He's at High-A Palm Beach. He pitched 1 2/3 scoreless yesterday and struck out four.