Salutations. Happy World Series Day. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are busy back in the fray when it comes to a free agent. Over the weekend the Cardinals' search for a pitching coach took a twist as the Cubs let go longtime pitching coach Chris Bosio and appeared to be ready to engage in the pursuit of Jim Hickey, a coach the Cardinals have had interest in since he became available. It's Heyward, 3.0. The Cardinals could end up with a former Zephyr as a pitching coach, either Bosio (pitcher, Denver) or Hickey (pitching coach, New Orleans), or the search could not spin in other directions. I imagine that will be just the tip of the iceberg of questions today -- and let's hope through the chat today we understand why there are areas of Cardinal Nation longing for Luhnow today. Away we go. Into the maelstrom ...
I do not know of a short list, no. Nor do I know the names on it. I do know some of the people who will be considered, and that was outlined this past weekend, and they range from Shildt to Warner, and there will be conversations with/about Jose Oquendo, from what I understand. Those are the internal discussions. I wonder -- and this is just me wondering -- if there's some way that Stubby Clapp sees a move to the majors through all this reorganization and rethinking of the coaching staff.
Rumor? Let's go with the report here: The Cardinals are intrigued by Jake Arrieta if his deal is for shorter term than Lynn's. That's the appeal. The Cardinals would rather have that shorter term with the higher AAV for the starter to create future openings in the rotation. That was why they moved Leake. They would rather have that three-year commitment to another pitcher, if the market will allow that to happen. We'll see. Arrieta will certainly seek the longest deal possible, and right we don't know that point for the Cardinals.
May not be second, really. There is first and then there is the field.
Yes. As covered many times in the chat and in the paper and more directly by my colleague Rick Hummel, Oquendo, coming back from knee surgery, did not want to be a "halfway" coach. He didn't want to be on the bench or stuck not being able to work on the field with the players as he recovered. The Cardinals couldn't put him at third base, not with his health issues, mobility issues, and chance of injury. So there they were. He wanted to eventually work with the young players, and now he had the reason.
Absolutely. Colome has been/would be of interest to the Cardinals.
I've been asked about the "No. 1 priority" many times he recently, and I would imagine some of that stems from Tim McKernan's recent podcast interview with John Mozeliak, and other comments Mozeliak has made with radio stations in the St. Louis area, where he talks a lot about the ninth inning and how the answer will come from the outside. I see closer as this year's shortstop, like ti was coming out of 2012, or like center fielder was coming into last winter. The obvious opening. The one the Cardinals have a good feel for how they're going to fill, even if they don't know the exact fill. All of that, so they talk openly about it. But count me in the camp that suggests a bat, a bona fide fear-inducing, lineup-amplifying bat would still be the bigger need of the winter, the one that changes the team the most.
Greg Holland, at closer prices, seems the better value play, if you're wrapped up in proven options and don't want to try to find an excellent reliever you can make into a closer through opportunity. He'll be costly. He get a year more than makes you comfortable. But he'll give the best return.
His understanding of the player he can be and not always trying to be the player that keeps him in the lineup -- or that he felt he had to be to stay in the lineup. That includes better defense and a far higher OBP. He had those things and not only got the consistent playing time (when healthy) but also earned every bit of it.
Fought the urge to call them the Houston Luhnows in the above poll.
Right. That's been my argument. Look at the narrow margin for error the bullpen had so often this past season. The number of losses and decisions they had showed that. Those are my thoughts.
There are other options out there.
He makes a lot of sense if, for example, the outfield cost is steep, or not available.
He was tested the final weekend of the season, and the Cardinals cleared him from the protocol. That means the post-concussion symptoms had subsided and vanished. He also was cleared for air travel to Puerto Rico two days after the season ended.
Was just asked on the radio, so I'll stay consistent: Dodgers in 6.
Give me a second. I've got to figure out a new way to do this. The questions are coming in too fast for me to even read them. I'm going to have to reload the interface just to be able to keep up.
No. Mozeliak has a ring since Luhnow left.
They don't appear to be, no. Limited spending. Limiting selling points.
In what regard? He was throwing at the end of the season. He tossed a bullpen. He was in a position to leave the season set for what would be considered a normal winter -- with one significant difference. He will be doing a lot of work at Jupiter, Fla., at the team's facility there so that he can be near trainers and coaches and all of the equipment/facilities there. That was his plan. He'll come into spring training in the same way Adam Wainwright did in 2012. A step or two behind the pitchers to start, but able to close that gap in March, and mostly because they'll be cautious with him, not because he's delayed in his recovery. Don't be surprised if the Cardinals prep him as a starter in spring, but let him open the season in relief (if needed) or starting in Class AAA Memphis (to build toward inevitable role in rotation soon in the season). Those options are in play, and would be part of the plan.