It won't. But it's not impossible. Good strategy by Bumgarner. And we have an answer from a previous chat, and, to be honest, I'm surprised it is. As mentioned in the previous chat, I didn't expect the Cardinals to be on it. But it makes sense for strategy, absolutely.
This is a good example. The Cardinals bumped up against two things in this regard. One, they did max-out an offer, though they don't know whether the Sox would have kept going over their bid. And that's because of, two, the Sox did such a good job of recruiting the player that it became a case of him negotiating with other teams to get the best possible offer from the Sox so he could go there. That's not unusual. We see that with free agents all the time. They have a preferred team, but they use other teams to drive up the price to the point they can get the most from the team they want all along. Stanton kind of did this to go to the team he wanted; he pressed the Marlins to find that deal he wanted, not one they wanted. Holliday did some of this before signing with the Cardinals. And so on and so on. Internally, the Cardinals had strong advocates to push for Robert, to make him the big signing of that international marketplace, and true to the talks to trade for Eaton or sign Price or any other discussion the Cardinals have ad -- they had a stopping place. They also, as it was in the case of Heyward, a team the player would prefer to sign with as their rival.
Home field advantage is real.
No. It's May 13. Goodness.
The guy doesn't have a homer in more than a decade, and he clearly is why Stanton didn't want to come to the Cardinals. I hear he has a fear of birds. Unacceptable. Accountability, darn it.
There is. And that algorithm -- wait for it -- says there is very little difference for the most part over the course of the year. What the algorithm cannot take into account is health, however, and maybe the current swing/timing of the hitter. There's still an art to the lineup.
Thanks ... but, ouch. Like really, ouch. Not sure I've ever had a compliment sting like this.
It does? It's a good thing, I think. I don't see the negative connotation.
He can approve a trade to a team of his wishes and only of his wishes, or he can say I will approve a trade to this team on these conditions, which might include an extension or a bonus or some sort of financial incentive to make it worth his while.
Separate probably. The Cardinals explored a deal for Smith before. Giants would be wise to deal them separately and thus create a bidding market for them that is more intense.
Oh. Who knew? Guess I'm Team Butter when it comes to churn, not Team Angry River.
Let's see him work his way back into the starting lineup. That seems to be the first step.
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Cardinals have looked into Keuchel, yes. They did explore what he was looking for, what he wanted, whether there was a fit, and on and on. They got the sales pitch from Keuchel's agent, too. Given that there are teams with concerns about his health and how that contributed to an erosion of his production, it sure does make sense that maybe there are many teams with that question. He hasn't signed yet. The market does talk. It should tell us something.
He's got to get a feel for the sinker sooner in games and be more aggressive with it. That seems to be something he's not done. He's had it located up and it's gotten hit. He's had it located down and over the middle of the plate -- and swings are now geared to hit that too. He's given up a lot of hard contact -- a lot -- and that's from a pitcher who should be getting grounder after grounder after grounder. That's a location, that's a sequence, and that's a command/movement thing. He's had innings, he's had stretches where it's going, and what you seen then is like he said Sunday: Playing catch with Molina. Not fixated on forcing movement, but confident that he has the feel for the pitch that the movement will happen.
It's a good thing the playoffs don't start for the Cardinals tomorrow. They wouldn't be in them.
Guess it depends on the business. A theater, for example, might want different actors.