Thanks for the patience as I checked into this. The answer is probably no. The Mets are out to get the best that a team has to offer and that means top prospects. So, it could mean Dylan Carlson being involved, if the Mets see the wish for an outfielder on the cusp vs. an infielder who is a few years away. Either way, there are teams that can offer better prospects for sure, and the Cardinals are reluctant to move in on something that might cost all of their top prospects. Worth keeping tabs on because Mets are playing this interesting. They want a huge return, and at the same time are lowering his value by being willing to move him. Here we are.
No, Virginia. There is no Santa Claus.
Rehab assignments cap at 20 days for position players. The player has to agree to be on one.
Yes, GMs have said those exact words. Mozeliak has, in the past, expressed that sentiment, though he doesn't say those words. He says something more along the lines of "We're getting back a player who we couldn't get via trade." Something like that.
He does not remind me at all of Chris Carpenter. Not at all. But is he an excellent, elite pitcher and has a personality that might just create the right kind of ruckus in a clubhouse.
Surplus won't do it. Every team has surplus. They'll just keep Thor.
Ray has been the more likely of the two. As mentioned hours ago on Twitter, and I think in here, and elsewhere -- the Cardinals planned to circle back with Arizona about the pitchers they have there, and were waiting to hear more on the ask to generate conversation. That's where things stand at last check, as of this morning. I know that other outlets have subsequently echoed these reports to varying degrees that they're comfortable.
Probably not. The season will be if it doesn't end in the playoffs.
Thanks, Q. I do think about it a lot. I'd like to do something in the chat where we have Happy Hour. Only good stuff. Maybe we only talk about the 1926 team or something.
Not anymore. My look has totally been appropriated.
I can: He's really done well to pull himself out of the hole he was in there for awhile, and his approach has been a big part of it. Honestly, we probably haven't done enough to write about it or explain it in print. It's there in the numbers. He has maintained a high OBP compared to the rest of the roster, and that should be rewarded. He has shown willingness and eagerness and an ability to steal at a high-rate of success. It would be a different look for the top of the lineup, and given that every look has been around that .200 average any new look would be a welcome look. I recognize that moving him to leadoff might reduce some of the walks he gets being in front of the pitcher. OK. He could compensate for that with seeing more pitches in the zone (damage?) or by stealing hits with bunts, something he's capable of doing, looks to do, and doesn't really get that chance ahead of the pitcher. But definitely would at leadoff. Might also see fewer shifts in that spot as a result.
There hasn't been any notification from the Cardinals about doing anything in-season, at this point. But I intend to circle back on this for more clarity if it's something that will be discussed in the offseason.
As mentioned earlier in the chat, Carlson is highly regarded by the Cardinals, and they have no interest in moving him. None. Zero.
Well, that would be a news story, for sure.
Definite fourth outfield, and possibly more if he can consistently handle center field. His speed gives him the chance to augment his OPS/SLG by taking second base for a double. He doesn't have to put it off the wall for a double. He has hit at every level. Period. There's a lot to like about a player like that, and there's definitely reason to see what he makes of an opportunity in the majors. As long as he hits, he plays. If he doesn't then he's a fourth outfielder, spare outfielder, who can run and pinch-hit and help and that's still valuable.
At last check, he's Memphis-bound. So it seems like he got the OK. There hasn't been any official statement or transaction, yet.
Yes. This happens quite a bit. She does not call me honey, however.
I understand, and I stand by my answer. Because all indications are that this is not the litmus test that will determine Mozeliak's employment. Ownership has said the opposite, as detailed many many many times in this chat.