It seems like the Cardinals want to be in position to start the season with a sure-thing in the ninth. That's the current stance and stated goal of the team. Now, if their targets go elsewhere and they're unable to swing those deals, and then they start throwing arms at the situation -- an entirely plausible and possible approach -- then Tuivailala would be in the mix, absolutely, along with the host of arms the Cardinals acquire to give that spot a run.
He has been asked to return, according to officials.
That lineup is improved and better than what they had in 2017, and I don't see anything in that lineup that isn't feasible for the Cardinals to attempt -- money or prospect-wise. With one exception. The Cardinals can afford the cost of Martinez. I'm not so sure they want to go to that point with him. They would rather find that kind of bat via trade. That is their preference. Of course, Eaton was also appealing a year ago, and then the Cardinals signed Fowler.
I have not heard the Cardinals connected to him, no, except through people doing a lot of the checking of rosters and seeing who is blocked and who is appealing. I did the same with the Rockies' roster to see if a play for David Dahl made sense for the Cardinals. McMahon fits the bill better, you're right. Blocked. Young. Targeted. Maybe a mutually beneficial deal is in the making. I just haven't had anyone connect those dots as something realistic. Not at this point. I'll keep asking.
Same as they were at the start of this month: Good.
Cubs have the familiar manager and infrastructure and the appealing team and the money to offer. The Cardinals might have the larger autonomy and influence to offer the pitching coach, and they also have the money available, obviously. Why Maddux? The Cardinals view of Maddux would trace back to his time with Milwaukee, and at no point in that time do I recall the Cardinals seeing him as a candidate for them in the future. That's just the sense I got. He was available at one point -- maybe before he went to Texas? not sure -- and there was no movement from the Cardinals to consider him. That's all. It's possible that their view of him has warmed or changed since then, but from all I can gather thus far he wasn't on their short list. Admittedly, things are cloudier today than they were Friday.
Early action being November action? Yes. That is their idea because they need to bring some clarity and room to the 40-man roster. So they have a reason to make moves early before the winter meetings arrive and before the deadline to set the roster.
Football has issues. The sport has mold in its walls.
These were my picks: NATIONAL LEAGUE
CENTRAL DIVISION CHAMPION: Cubs
WEST: San Francisco
WILD CARDS: Colorado, Cardinals
NL CHAMPION: San Francisco
EAST: Red Sox
WILD CARDS: Astros, Orioles
AL CHAMPION: Cleveland
WORLD SERIES CHAMPION: Cleveland
I did poorly.
They have a shot. It's going to be in the pitch.
The Cardinals. Pitching is abundant. Arms grow on trees. Bats do not.
Figuratively. Obviously bats do grow from trees, but you know what I mean.
It did not. Carson Kelly is still regarded as one of the best -- if not the best -- catching prospect in the game. That is true for the Cardinals, and that is the opinion of several teams who scouted the Cardinals and saw what Kelly did in Memphis.
I honestly have no idea. I need a weatherman to determine which way the wind blows with the fanbase because there are so many crosscurrents from Twitter and the chat and email and then the folks who aren't moved to make noise at all. Here's one truth: There will always be a section of the fan base that is vocal and never satisfied. That is often the loudest. They will find fault with a World Series sweep because why couldn't the Cardinals win it in 3?
It could be right because who knows the rivals better than someone last with the rivals.
It went to Mike Shildt, as expected, a former Class AAA manager.
When a transaction is made that puts a player on waivers, he is quite literally listed on the "waiver wire" along with a code that goes to what kind of waivers he is on. The kind of waivers will determine the order in which teams have access to them. For the most part it works like this:
-- Player is on waivers.
-- The team with the worst record in that player's league has first dibs.
-- Dibs work in reverse order of standings.
-- There are waivers that go through the league first and then into the other league, meaning a team with a better record in the NL will have a chance at an NL player before the team with the worst record in the AL. That is a wrinkle that many people forget.
-- If the player clears waivers, he either becomes a free agent -- no longer tethered to the contract he just had -- or the team can chose to place him in the minors, if that's available.
That's how it works. Players are notified about the results of the waiver transaction.
The chatters make it happen.
I don't want to put words in Hickey's mouth beyond what we know: He worked well with Maddon. He's a free agent and he's looking for the best opportunity. What that is -- I have not heard him describe and my attempts to ask have not yet been successful. He might want a stepping stone to manager. He might want the staff that he thinks has the most talent. He might want the team that he thinks has the best approach/philosophy to pitching and not one that intends, purposefully, to cycle through options every year. He might want day games. Heck, he might like pinstripes. Don't know. He's going to have his pick of places for sure -- from coast to coast and throughout the midwest. That does appear possible.
Yes, there are other options out there. Bosio should intrigue -- and does -- the Cardinals. Cal Eldred, I think, could be an interesting pick given his background, and his connection with the team. He has built-in trust with several of the pitchers. No small thing. Dave Eiland is out there, and he fits a lot of the traits that the Cardinals want in their next coach.