Salutations. Greetings from the eve of my Jupiter landing. Off to Florida tomorrow, and Post-Dispatch coverage will be immediately from our team of writers and photographer Chris Lee. As it's my last day before leaving --- and there is news to cover --- I will get to as many questions as I can, but the real marathon will be next week from Jupiter. Let's get to it. Fill the hopper.
Nope. Watched yesterday's game. Second game I saw all season. Listeners of the radio show will know there are many reasons we don't watch a lot of football, from the NFL's sheer arrogance when it comes to concussions and other concerns and the Rams' malicious and premeditated misleading of the city of St. Louis. That said, yesterday's game was remarkable.
He may have that kind of size, but he's still young enough to grow, mature, gain strength, and his game isn't the same as Pierre's. There's gap power there, not slap hits.
That's the trend this time of year, but it depends on how much interest he gets. If there is interest, then there's the chance to drive up the price and try to score a major-league spot. Teams are very protective of 40-man roster spots at this point.
Carlos Martinez was the odds on favorite. Next up, Yadier Molina. That discussion should happen.
He was throwing 81-84, touched 85. Showed a better breaking ball than we saw from him before. Looked healthy. No hesitation in his throws, his breaking ball, his changeup, Went through 30 pitches. Did what he had to do to get an offer from some of the teams attending. A few had lead scouts there.
Alcantara will absolutely get an inning in a major-league game. He may even get a start. He'll get a good look. The major-league staff wants some time to see him. I'm eager to see Delvin Perez on the back fields, and Randy Arozarena at some point. Either of them could get a Minor League Guy-like cameo in a Grapefruit League game.
This appears to be speeding toward a hearing, which the Cardinals want. It's become clear that they wanted a hearing with someone, wanted to draw that line, and that perhaps they were hoping it wasn't Carlos Martinez that they had to take that hard line with.
Tuesday. Early. Rick Hummel to follow by the end of the week, and we'll have a team of folks there by the weekend providing daily coverage for the newspaper and online. Next week Jesus Ortiz will be columnizing from there, and then Benjamin Hochman and Ben Frederickson will tag in for column coverage later in spring. Hummel and I are there for the haul.
No clue, except for posturing. You'll notice that the coverage in The Post-Dispatch quoted Mozeliak, stated the team's stance, and still reported -- even in the headline -- that an extension was possible. I never got the impression it was off the table, so I never wrote about the exchange without referencing that possibility. Perhaps I'm not the person to answer your question then.
Acquire someone via trade, possibly. They've been prepping for that move.
The media. Seems like a popular scapegoat these days. We're nearby. Always. And our approval ratings are down.
Jhonny Peralta to open in 2017 with Jedd Gyorko has the backup. From there TBD. Maybe Gyorko's power wins him that job from 2017 forward, maybe they go to market. They sure could use an answer at some point in 2017.
Falcons. Cubs took a title from Cleveland. Falcons fumbled theirs.
I was not. Market softened on him. DH market was Beltran and Holliday and then wait for the remaining players to scramble for the deals available. Moss' earning potential was severely hurt by his finish.
With Carpenter off at the World Baseball Classic, the playing time at first base is going to be there and if Adams can make the most of it he could force the Cardinals to rethink the corner spots. They want to devote to Carpenter at first. They want to hold to that. But if no one seizes the job at third, or there's an injury of sorts that opens playing time, Adams could swing his way into at-bats.
I don't own a BMW. I fly coach.
Not a surprise. He has maintained that stance from the very beginning, and investigators were aware of his motive. The new commissioner said publicly that he is willing to meet with Correa at any point to discuss things. Keep in mind, that the information Correa may present he came by through illegal means, as he said. Baseball wasn't going to break federal law to gain access to proof.
Entirely possible. Asked to put together a 2020 lineup I had Alcantara at closer. But that was because the opening was in the ninth, and he's got the arm.
Entirely possible, though he has the steepest hill to climb of that group. March will tell us.