Honestly, at this point, I don't have a good feel for how the Cardinals view Davis.
Better. Not yet best. But closer.
Sure seems like it's becoming that way. But then the Giants happened. The postseason is random, and the best route to win still remains getting to the playoffs as often as possible and then see what happens.
Depends on who that "one more guy" is. Is it Alcantara? Is it Hudson? Is it the equivalent of someone who can help the Marlins right now, right away. Or is it Hicks, down the road? You leave a lot of room for elasticity, and this is the kind of talent we're likely talking about, but there be little motivation for the Cardinals to give up that much talent for Stanton if they're going to take on a substantial portion of his contract and know that the Marlins want to get out from under it. You could probably tighten up that list and think about it in terms of proven commodities, elite prospects, and one high-ceiling option.
If 1 is the equivalent of traffic cone playing shortstop and 10 is Ozzie Smith, then DeJong has the chance to be a solid 7. He'd be in the Hardy mold.
This could be an option, eventually. Not today.
Raise money for ARF and be involved in baseball, somewhere, someway.
Jordan Hicks is no longer the sleeper prospect that he was, say, a year ago. He is very much the next power arm on the make for the Cardinals and is poised to do in 2018 what Jack Flaherty did in 2017 -- rise from the lower minors to being a possible factor in major-league discussions. Athletic pitcher. Power arm. Coveted by other teams. He's got all the trappings of the next strong pitching comet to streak into view. The Cardinals will keep him as a starter until their need says otherwise or his performance determines that he's topped out in that role, and there is no indication that he'll top out as a starter anywhere other than the majors. There's a reason why other teams bring him up.
Depends on so many many many other things than just his presence.
I don't see these dots connected in these ways. Yes, the Cardinals have a pooling of outfield players and pitchers, and they need that difference-making player so, hey, they see it like you do: gather together the numbers in order to move them to a team that has the ideal target and needs those numbers. That's the idea. The Cardinals want to simplify, de-clutter their roster and improve their lineup. If they can do both with the same move, perfect. As far as what it means for next winter .... goodness. There is a lot of time between now and then, and things have certainly changed since last winter to this winter for the Cardinals, and they want to remain in a position to move on what they need, certainly when the free agent market allows for more talent. They aren't hurting for payroll space to do that, and one more this winter wouldn't negate another move next winter -- unless this immediate move solves the problem.
It does not, no. The Cardinals want a different bullpen than you've detailed here. Seriously different.
Mike Shildt will be bench coach.
FYI. Shildt has been named bench coach.
Not answering a question. Reporting news there.
Willie McGee will join the coaching staff, with Matheny.
Jose Oquendo is back as third-base coach.
If you read the Post-Dispatch over the week you knew that Oquendo's return was being discussed. If you excuse me I have to step aside and write up a news story. Will return to the chat ASAP.
I put enough stock in it that I'm eager to see how it works. It's all going to be about trust. This is a topic that we seem to return to often, and how Oquendo's departure from the team left them with something of a trust deficit that they had to overcome. Trust is a big deal -- not just between manager and players, players and players, and coaches and players, but also coach to coach. One of the things that Mabry has with his role is the trust of Matheny, and any new pitching coach who is going to oversee the handling of the pitching staff is going to have to have Matheny's trust, for sure. Now that can be achieved through defined roles as well as past success and rapport. The pitching coach's rapport with Matheny and ability to back up his decisions with data and past success will add to that trust. I think all of this is fascinating -- and possible.
Yelich would be a fine No. 3 hitter for a contending team. With potential be a top-shelf one.
It's a question I've asked and tried to find an answer, and I've come up with only "strong" and "really interested" as the describers. That could be that the Cardinals don't exactly have a "top," but they have a few preferred candidates and are going to try to make a play for the group of them. But I bet it's just that the Cardinals are keeping their "top" candidate close to the vest, with really only one or two or three people knowing that target. That's how they usually operate. Keep every plate spinning, but only they know the one they don't want to fall.
I don't think we could handle one of these days, not if I would still have to -- you know -- cover the team for the paper and write articles, which is why most of us get into the business. Not to mention catching my flights! Travel and the chat don't always mix, as the longtime chatters will know.
That would be a break from history and a break from etiquette for the Cardinals to have wink/wink/nudge/nudge deals in place that are only waiting for the World Series to be over with for them to hatch. I mean when it comes to players. That's not all that unusual when it comes to a coaching staff. If anything, today's announcement on Twitter breaks from the practice of not making major announcements on days of games during the postseason, especially when it comes to the World Series. No, player deals and player trades are discussed and bandied about and explored certainly during this time, but the real push for them comes when all teams are free and clear of the postseason, and the GM meetings are really the starting line of deals.
The Jays have always made more sense, at least to this point. They certainly did last spring, did throughout the season, and do as of today.
Shildt is going to be the bench coach, and he's going to incorporate some of the quality control responsibilities that the Cardinals imagined for him a year ago. That will be all folded into that role. Shildt was already working closely with Bell, and this really is the seamless transition for Shildt.
It's unclear who they want most. Stanton would be the biggest impact, but he has the most unattractive contract by far. Yelich is the blend of upside and contract, but there's the gamble that the upside doesn't manifest. Ozuna has the most contract flexibility, but also could be only a short-term add and a high-cost, arbitration-fueled one at that if he doesn't agree to an extension in the early years of his arrival. There's also a sense that his top is the season that he just had. Different outfielders. Different reasons to be attractive. And you can see why choosing one would depend entirely on what the Marlins want in return. That's how the deal will be made.