Wouldn't read too far into the open spot. For a lefty it appears. Checking on which one. Duke told me he expected to be evaluated tomorrow in St. Louis, and then a decision will be made on how much more time he needs on a rehab assignment to return.
It's already started for Carpenter and Fowler, so them. Ditto, Cecil. Oh will charge ahead, too.
Add a bat. Bring back Duke, or promote a power arm from the minors. Drop back to seven relievers. Keep Voit around for sock and for some regular starts at first.
Donaldson makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals. Checks all the boxes, as they might say. The one lingering question is the player cost. What will it take? That's not yet clear. If you're ordering things, though, it's always wise to take the field. There could be a hitter out there yet to be identified or known only to the Cardinals and the team they're talking to. So in order go with Other, Donaldson, ....... many others .... Stanton.
No. They have a Class AAA affiliate.
They will engage in texts to work from there. Maybe emails.
I don't know the exact number. That's held by baseball and the Cardinals. Though what we do know from publicly available info and sources -- not mathematical voodoo sometimes used to determine this stuff, but real data -- is that the Cardinals are in the top third of revenue in baseball. That puts them alongside the most money-making organizations in the game, but outside of the class of Dodgers, Yankees, etc. Two executives have described to me how there are a few super teams with revenue that dwarfs others and then a mix of teams in that second tier, so the difference between say No. 4 and No. 8 is greater than it is from No. 8 to No. 15.
Yes. Though ticket sales are holding. Those aren't always the same thing.
Because there are other great places to play. Chicago has become a place players want to play.
Right hip tightness. Pham insisted it was an injury of significance.
And, recently, they also were in the 1 percent. So there's that. Because they just weren't as appealing as the Cubs.
See how Kolten Wong comes back from injury. He was playing well when last the Cardinals saw him, and they like the look of their team a lot more when he's in it.
Legit talent. Improving team. Don't have the pitching to last. Have to find something else that will compensate -- offense? maybe? -- or they'll have to add a pitcher.
Better than many of the other trade suggestions you'll read in coming days.
And position that's part of it. But Wisdom needs to be protected this winter, so moving him onto the 40-man at this point only speeds up what is inevitable for the coming winter, if the Cardinals are going to protect him. In the past, they have not.
Both have talked big games in recent years and not won. Clock is ticking on the Nats, so the pressure is greater on them because their window -- for that team -- is smaller than mighty young Dodgers.
It's not bad luck, that's for sure. It is play. It is fundamentals. It is a mix of things that both the front office could have planned for (lack of production from young players), Matheny could have protected against (what's the deal with the baserunning already?), and, yes, the players could have performed better.