Just what the Cardinals need is another leadoff hitter-type who plays outfield.
Dakota Hudson is probably the obvious answer. Adolis Garcia. Tyler O'Neill. Arturo Reyes. That seems like a good list to start with.
No clue yet. Ask me again during the winter meetings once the roster is frozen, trades have happened, and the room other teams have on their roster is apparent. Now, there's just no way to know.
Complicated and possibly with another team and a place in the majors.
You bet. There is a big pool to fish.
That's your call, not mine. Doesn't seem likely from where I sit.
Mercado. Reyes. Alcantara has to stay on, and will. Lucas and Sosa must stay on or be available in the draft. That's the group.
They all happened at once. The Cardinals pivoted as the Cubs entered the market and Maddux became available. These things happened after the Cardinals had interviewed Hickey, and also appeared to happen after they had intended to meet with Hickey in person, though the nature of that interview and even the date of it has been described a few different ways -- in part because things went from heading down one track to splintering into many different tracks for both the Cardinals and the coach.
It absolutely does make sense. I cannot stress enough the value of a KNOWN QUANTITY. The Cardinals have revealed the importance of a known quantity over the past few years by not having enough of them, and by not having that one around which a lineup can be build. Look, Mercado and Sierra and Garcia could all be major-league regulars at some point. But I know that Martinez is. You know he is. Other teams know he is. Same goes for the more likely targets of trades that the Cardinals are considering. That player would be a known factor. Not a wish. Not a prospect. Not a potential. Not a hope, a chance, a possibility. The Cardinals have gone that route. They've wished their way to two years out of October and a need to answer this winter. They need a known quantity, and that just happens to be the most valuable commodity in baseball.
I think they've totally burned up their bullpens by playing baseball. One way to avoid that is not to play the game this late into the season. I hope they learn their lesson.
(Aside: Do you know one reason why every team in baseball has moved in a more "analytic" direction? I'll give you a few seconds. ... No? ... Here's why: It works.)
"Lords of the Realm" changed my understanding and appreciation of the business of baseball, and it still has lessons that apply today. Incredible book.
"October 1964", by Halberstam. Great book. Features the Cardinals.
There's got to be a pitcher in that discussion, or it won't go anywhere.
In St. Louis' view, Theo will have a better offseason. In Chicago's view, some New York team will have a better offseason. And in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee, Mozeliak has already had the better offseason. Go figure.
Good question. Maybe it happens. It is entirely possible.
Excellent prediction by you to pick up on that and have it correspond neatly to the team missing the playoffs in each of the past two years. Yes, it's a lot to ask. Yes, it's a lot to need. And, no, it won't be easy to pull off in one offseason. It doesn't have to be. The Cardinals have many avenues to take for improvement. One bat alters the look of the lineup and creates improvement elsewhere. Two relievers changes the look of the bullpen by adding options and depth and firepower to an area that really, honestly, only needs that surefire addition to put everything else in line. And the starter can arrive today, tomorrow, December, January, March, or June and still give the needed bump.
This is all going to be in the eye of the behold probably, and if they finish out of the playoffs again next fall, we'll be sure to know you saw it coming.
It narrows it. You act as if what the Cubs are going to do they can do with a snap of the fingers and what the Cardinals are trying to do is some Sisyphean task that Branch Rickey couldn't pull off.
Both teams have a high degree of difficulty with their pommel horse routine this winter.
It does -- to a limit. Some of the driving factors when a coach considers a team are this: Money. Length of contract. And then the team's chance to win. Look, few coaches are really getting longterm deals. Dave Duncan, when he was with the Cardinals, was the highest paid coach in the game, and then the Cubs hired a hitting coach with a big reputation and even that was short-lived. Maddux got a multi-year deal with the Cardinals that is going to be around a familiar structure: two with an option or straight-up three. Lilliquist just came off a two-year deal. Other coaches are working off one-year deals. You see why security would be a big deal. Some teams are notorious for not paying their coaches much. This has been a concern for a few of the coaches who have left the Cardinals, and it's not just because of the guaranteed salary. It's the postseason share. That matters to coaches. That can double or even do more than double, triple, whatever a salary. So coaches will also look to where they can win.
The Cubs are going to be appealing for a few of those factors, regardless of how finicky they appear with their coaches.
No. But significant chip or two from the Cardinals' top prospects and something from the major-league roster that comes with more years of control. Colome would be an ace get for the Cardinals and their need, and the Rays know it.
I agree that bullpen construction is going to change and we should all -- me included -- realize that the extra reliever or two is going to become a fixture. Under Glass is the new OBP.
Same as it ever was. The World Series ends and free agents are declared. There's window before the market opens up, and that happens in the first week after. Then in the second week of November there are the GM Meetings and that lays the ground work for the first moves ahead, along with the roster deadlines and negotiations that naturally happen to clear redundancies on the roster and make moves in the minors.