Max Scherzer has turned out OK. So far. But your point is well-taken. If they had the ability, more teams would go bigger deals for shorter terms, and maybe the market will get to that point.
The receiving line? They've got their new thing. New year. New thing. Happens all the time.
Incomplete because I've gotten no movement from Cardinals on Carpenter to LF.
I'm not sure these things are related. And it is true that the Cardinals overrate their own prospect.
So do the other 29 teams.
Well, 28. Boston seems to be down on theirs.
OK, 27. Angels are pragmatic.
Likely Flaherty and Bader. Could see one of the power arms making the leap.
That seems to be in the eye of the beholder. At no point was that comparison made, though perhaps you would argue that the Angels' lineup is built around Trout and when I write the Cardinals' lineup is built around Carpenter -- well, that does not mean that Carpenter equals Trout. The transitive property is not in play here. But what is in play is Carpenter has been the engine behind the Cardinals offense now for several years, and I'm struck by how quickly the sentiment in here has turned. He was the most productive leadoff hitter in the National League for the previous two years and a recurring All-Star. Yep, he was doing things at leadoff that had not been done in decades in terms of runs created. Is all that forgotten? Is he the aging quarterback that you cannot wait to replace with the guy who has never taken a snap in the league? It's odd. The Cardinals are better when Carpenter is better. This is not a coincidence.
Take it up with David Price. He's the one selling that "narrative." He's the one that claims the Cardinals made a bona fide offer. He's the one that gave the impression -- and later confirmed it -- that he was close to signing with the Cardinals. And, yep, he did get an offer larger than anywhere the Cardinals were will to go with Max Scherzer.
I'm not really sure what side of the issue you're taking here, Jimbo. Perhaps you could be more detailed. Thank you. It seems like you've already covered the arguments and counter-arguments and there doesn't need to be much more discussion.
Me, personally, I'm intrigued by what role they see the hitting coach playing in the majors. Is it scout? Is it mechanic? Is it psychiatrist? If it's teacher, then why do players go back to Class AAA for instruction? And so on. That to me is a more interesting question.
But maybe you're too busy building a slingshot to the sun.
It was pointed out to me that a slight variance, even if it's within that "specified range," could create a difference in how the ball plays. That's the next step here. If tighter laces, lower aces, are creating greater flight but are still OK by rule, baseball needs to know that and possibly change the "range," right? That seems to be a reasonable outcome. But give me a moment to add that I'm not so all-in on the blister factor. Let's take a look at some of the sunscreen and tack-em that pitchers are using to get their grips and -- shocker! -- some are leaving skin behind or getting blisters where they once tried to get a better grip. There's more to that then the low seams, methinks.
Alright got some time here in the post All-Star coverage haze to tackle a few more of these questions just because there was such a herky-jerky start to the chat today. Let's start here, and right away I will ... waffle. If the Marlins make their hitters available in advance of a team sale then either of their non-Stanton outfielders would be a solid fit. I've not hid the view here in the chat of Christian Yelich, and I've had players comment to me about what a thunder-add Marcell Ozuna would be. But it could be that the Marlins hold serve, that the new owners want the youth in place. It's possible. So, I still am waiting to hear that name that catches and makes the most sense. Donaldson could be as good as the market overs, but we're going to see that evolve in coming weeks.
Same always. They know. They know this team, as it is, isn't good enough to win division.
Because both can play other positions.
Right. I have. He's not going to answer that unless I'm the person who can offer it to him.
Haven't heard of him as a trade option. I have heard split views on whether he'd be a fit for the Cardinals as a free agent.
He's fixed something mechanically. All about the timing with him. Finding the timing of the footfall and the release and then the fastball command follows. When the fastball command is there, then the changeup is, and away he goes.
I imagine that would change the structure of the game and thus the structure of rosters and if you're changing the structure of rosters then you're changing the earning potential of some relievers and if you're changing the earning potential of some of the relievers the union might have an issue with that.
They have, yes. That's standard in spring. In fact, it was improved upon this past spring. They had an optometrist come in and they have an improved series of vision tests, and there are plans for the Performance Department to do even more.
Some of it could be job description. Majors is about prep for game. Minors is about prep for majors.