It shouldn't be. That seems like a cop-out. Better is better. This is the big leagues. If there's a chance to add an impact player that changes the look of the team -- and Donaldson would be that kind of player -- then don't give me the roster clog as a reason or the "many pieces" is complicating the "one big add." Make the team better. Sort it out from there.
The front office, entering spring training, told me that one of the reasons why they were not hot to et a closer for many years of a commitment was because Hicks was the closer of the future, in their eyes. Jason Isringhausen talked in a recent podcast about spending a lot of the year working with the Hicks, Helsley, Hudson group and helping to identify and nurture any closing traits they had -- or needed. This was all before they added Hicks to the mix. This has not been some sudden revelation either. As the Cardinals entered into the winter they were fiercely protective of keeping Hicks. There were some lively chats about this during the winter, especially when it came to Archer and I suggested that the Cardinals didn't want to lose the pitcher they thought might be Archer (Hicks) to get Archer (Archer). There are going to be two-tracks to the view of Hicks right now: They think he can be the closer in the immediate future (hence, Holland one year) and they won't ignore the idea of having him start if he shows the development of pitches that could make him a high-power, overpowering sinker ball pitcher. They're open to any possibility with a talent like his.
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Honestly, it seemed like a move scripted from the bullpen they had a year ago and not the one they had at that moment. Bowman would have been used in that same spot last year at his peak, and there wasn't the Mayers and everyone else available for such a spot. It just seemed like a move for comfort, not necessarily a move for strategy. The Cardinals might say it was a mix of both. I bet they would, actually because at that moment they were more comfortable with the strategy of an experienced reliever in that spot than throwing one of the younger arms in there. Holland changes that approach. Holland would free up Leone for such a spot, easily. Leaving Hicks or Mayers or someone to bridge the lead later, but Leone to get through the briar patch.
Enter Holland, Greg. They're going to go Dutch on the late innings.
News flash: The Cardinals, themselves, don't know the whole story. I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you that the Cardinals' front office is not some omniscience cabal of Jedi who can see the future and make moves based on it. Nope. Each pitcher on the staff is one throw away from making a decision for the team -- because an elbow goes, or because of a bat mashes the pitch that comes from it. That's all. Try as they might, the Cardinals cannot predict what the team will look like in June, not with any certainty because there are games to be played, injuries that happen, and, shocker!, opponents that want to get good, too. The Cardinals could not predict in November that Greg Holland would take a one-year deal for $14 million in March. The Cardinals could not predict in March that the player they just sent out of camp because he couldn't make a meeting on time would be their breakout talent of the first series. As of 48 hours ago the Cardinals said Michael Wacha will start the home opener. In 48 minutes, they might announce Adam Wainwright will. Things change. Games occur. Injuries emerge. Life happens. We can look at possible outcomes, but the moment you predict something with any certainty is the moment you're wrong.
Delightful sentiment. Happy Tuesday.
I didn't say I'd like to be a pitcher with him as a coach. I said I'd like to cover a team with him as the pitching coach.
Yes. This is true for all teams.
Used to cover games at Zephyrs Field. Depended on the day, mostly. That ballpark is huge and can be really difficult to generate any offense, and it's not a place to see a power hitter shine. It's also outside of New Orleans, so it's a drive to the more vibrant cultural areas. I enjoyed the fact that it's a good place to watch a game. Good views of the game from the seats. Not some rip-roaring atmosphere, but fun.
The Cardinals, again, did not make a strong run after Scherzer and it remains one of the bigger misses or non-pursuits of the past 10 years for the team. They made a prediction about the contract, the commitment, and the health of a righthanded pitcher and they got it wrong, or misread it. This goes back to the News Flash answer a little bit ago. If they knew then what they know now, then obviously they'd made a bigger push. They didn't. Big miss.
New GM with the Braves, but yes a GM that made the Rolen-Glaus deal.
I was told it was a "simple" deal and I saw no language in what I've seen of the contract that says he has no-trade protection.
Sure seems to be able to "cut it" at shortstop. The consensus is that he'll eventually move to third base, but he made it a point to tell anyone who would listen that he intends to stay at shortstop until better comes along, and he wants to make it tough for the Cardinals to find better. He's improved already at the position and is going in the forward-progress direction, getting better as a shortstop, not getting closer to being a third baseman.
I think wins are an awful measure of a pitcher and an even worse measure when it comes to judging how many wins a pitcher needs to get a team into the playoffs. Martinez could go and have 16 wins and because he averages 5 1/3 innings in those wins and got great run support then he'll stand out as a big-winner on a team not headed to October. But if he goes and gets 20 quality starts and only 11 wins that's a pitcher that is far more likely to get a team to the postseason. Twenty-five quality starts, and now you're talking really really standout who anchors a rotation that is cranking out series wins, whether they are wins for themselves or not. I'm not a betting man, and I'm definitely not a betting man on wins as a metric.
Yes, because what major-league team would want a reliever 102-mph sink. Get that guy out of here. Isn't there a higher league that he can pitch in?
Can you offer me some examples of the players they had no interest in pursuing. Like, say, Chone Figgins and Jason Bay? Boy, I remember those days. Goodness. What a whiff on the Cardinals. Or, do you mean Yu Darvish? If you can elaborate maybe it will be clearer what you're arguing. David Price, by the by, will turn out OK. The overarching lesson is this: The Cardinals want to avoid the long contracts given most of these players because time and time and time again they are showing that they don't work out. Holliday, Werth, and Scherzer the exceptions, not the rules.