The Cardinals felt it was fair to do so for a core player.
I'm going to print it to continue to give you your say, Larry. And I stand by my answer. You are ignoring roster depth and roster need. That does sway the decision and enter the calculus. WAR isn't everything. It's certainly not the only thing needed to measure this trade. I think your premise is false. I bet the Cardinals still make the deal even given the information now available.
I don't have a desk in the newsroom. I do at home and at the ballpark and in Jupiter, Fla.
A bulldozing run to more than 200 innings and at least 30 starts and a spell of inconsistency in the middle of the season toward August that leads to some erratic results but still six innings of work a start because he'll just muscle through it and the Cardinals will need those innings from him. He has a lot of motivation for this season, a lot of motivation to be at his best and to set the stage for him to be even better in 2018. There is a pot of gold awaiting him at the end of a successful season.
I drew comics in college for money and continue to do so for fun today. I wrote a comic story recently for a graphic novel that was published here in St. Louis, and I look forward to an opportunity to do that again someday soon. But I made a conscious choice between writing and drawing for a living. I enjoyed writing on deadline. Drawing on deadline made me come to dread it. I didn't want to dread drawing.
He wanted to know if he would be so he could prepare. He wanted to go into the season knowing if he was going to play one, what one, or all over again.
They do. They believe one could emerge -- or be added later.
I do not. That number has to be small. Baseball is brutal.
I don't because that is nonsense. Building a team to play in the wild-card game is goofy. It's a waste of money. They would be better to tear it down, and try to do better next time. That's a wiser, more sound, more predictable, and more advantageous business model than trying to target a one-game playoff that might as well be a coin flip. C'mon.
The depth is there. The Cardinals need a star (or two) to emerge. Thanks for listening to it.
He'd be an entirely reasonable hitter there. Grichuk at his best offers an option, too, especially when you consider the possibility he won't hit into a DP. You're making the argument that the front office does: A cleanup hitter will emerge -- or be added. My point is that it would be nice to plant a proven bat behind all of that OBP and see what happens. I'm not dismissing the idea that Piscotty could be that bat, or that Grichuk could be or that Peralta will be or whatever. Proven is the operative word there.
Rumors? I'm not sure. They can come from anywhere, which I why I implore folks here to know the difference between reports and rumors. Rumors are made of smoke. There is no attribution and no accountability with them. They come, create a fog, and then disappear. I reported in The Post-Dispatch that the Cardinals would pivot and take a look at the market for Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, the two higher-dollar sluggers. In the chat and in subsequent reporting, the focus turned more toward how Encarnacion would be a fit if his market softened, if he had interest in a pillow deal. I wrote all of that -- or explained all of that -- because that was what my reporting was revealing to me. I am accountable for that information, and if it comes out that it was all bunk then I have to reconsider my sources or how I failed to report accurately. And I trust that you all would hold that against me, as consumers.
The Dozier report came from a TV reporter in Minneapolis, on Twitter, I believe. I'm not sure if it was in a news cast. I do not know what level of accountability there will be for that, or if the reporter cares.
To me, it's important.
This is the Cardinals explanation about that, because I asked: They saw Martinez as a candidate to be the fourth/fifth outfielder this season, and a player who "will contribute at some point to the majors." They couldn't say the same thing about Cordoba who they saw as so far away from the majors as to not even appear on the depth chart. He's a prospect, sure, but he's older than Sosa and two levels behind Sosa. So where did he fit? They are betting he cannot make the leap to the majors this season, just as they are being cautious by keeping depth like Martinez handy, near the majors. Cordoba was not going to be in the Top 10, no.
I think he'll be fine at shortstop. He improved with experience and health. He did not have health at the end of the season. His arm strength was compromised and he had to compensate in other ways. When he was strong and he started getting a feel for the timing of the position and the level he was showing strides of improvement -- long lunges of improvement. I think there's upside to his glove.
The Cardinals' front office sees him as a reliable shortstop, who may fade toward third eventually.
No more so than any other team chasing the Cubs, to be honest. There's no perfect team.
He has been working, like obviously Adams has, to improve his fitness and get stronger, healthier, which he could not do during the season because of injury. He's got a true arm. He needs reps at third base. He should be average there. The steady accuracy and strength of his arm should help him at third. The range of the two left-side fielders is a fair question, and that is where positioning from the dugout will be key.
He expects to hit second or third. I don't think he needs an engraved invitation, no. The idea is for him to hit well -- no matter where he actually sits in the order.
They haven't lost the prospect yet. But, yes, the waiting was costly. The roster crunch was real and the way they manipulated the roster could have been done in a way to maintain another prospect. Cooney was a curious risk, though one you could understand.
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The Cubs starting pitching comes back to Earth. The Cardinals starting pitching improves to just beyond their career norms. Reyes emerges as a Rookie of the Year lock. Lynn and Leake tie for second on the team in quality starts. That's the recipe.
Diaz is working in West Palm Beach. Saw video recently of him taking grounders down there. He intended to work with Jose Oquendo, but there has been no confirmation of this. It's supposed to start sometime this month, if it does. Kolten Wong also intends to go down early for some one-on-one time with Oquendo. The players are trying to organize this.