It's not about promoting. It's about getting on the 40-man roster. Cordoba was the rarity. His contract had to be rewritten, so that meant technically he was on his second contract. By rule, that made him immediately eligible for the Rule 5 draft and in need of protection. That was going to be true whether he was in rookie ball or Class AAA. If Cordoba was on his first contract, he would still have four years of protection and this wouldn't be an issue. He's the outlier, and it's unlikely that the Padres are going to be able to keep him. Hard to hide a position player. Hard to have a position player leap from short-season to National League. In 2015, the Cardinals wanted some "churn" as a result of the Rule 5 draft. This past year, they were in a bind and recognize they need to clear some spots to avoid future losses.
Slim. White Sox want the world. Cardinals don't have it, not without Reyes in the mix.
He's been considering offers abroad. Cardinals have not shown much interest, if any.
Plenty. Rosters need to be addressed and players move. Felipe Lopez was. Edmonds deal happened in spring training. Womack another example. Final weeks of spring invite trade discussions. Tejada last year would have been a trade, but Cardinals and other teams (Yankees, for one) waited for him to clear waivers so they could just sign him and not trade for him.
Sure. That's how spring training usually plays out. Cardinals' front office says at the beginning of the camp that they like to look inside, they want to give young players a chance to win job, and that is an important part of the identity of the team, the philosophy of the team. Their preference is internal, especially in spring because they don't want to make those statements and then turn away from only a few days later.
The DL opens up during spring training, and one spot will go to Fryer. There is always the chance the Cardinals add a lefthanded-hitting outfielder in the coming week or so. They are looking, though not overwhelmed by options.
The Cardinals are going to give him an opportunity to prove this two-way idea could work. Mike Matheny is open to it, and intends to give a try during spring training games.
Entirely likely, yes. But they'd prefer a minor-league deal now to get a guy in camp.
They are open to someone leapfrogging onto the roster to take the job.
The answer could eventually be a trade chip. The Cardinals have a few gathering on the board for them to make a move this season if those players perform. Adams is one of them.
Yes. Check back during that bridge week, as games approach.
I did not see a Cardinals scout there. A few of their rivals were there. Cubs, Reds, Brewers.
Third could be the spot. His bat looks best at shortstop, of course.
Have not heard much concrete about it, no. Not connected to Cardinals.
Welcome. Glad to hear from you. This is similar to a question we all discussed in Mozeliak's hotel suite there at the winter meetings. It seems counter-intuitive to put a 30-homer guy in a part-time role, and yet he started last year in that role and then hit 30 homers. Former manager Tony La Russa used to talk about players who a team has to find a balance with -- the ones who do more with more playing time and the players who do less because of more playing time. The Cardinals are looking for that balance with Gyorko. What's the right amount, the right matchup, the right role for him. He has every chance of winning the third base job coming into spring training. The Cardinals public stance and preference is that Peralta will come in as the likely starter, but quietly and not too secretly they are open to Gyorko making it impossible not to include him, as a part-time third base, as the righthanded-hitting complement to Wong. There's ample at-bats for him in that role.
Bader will get a long look, yes, to see if he's ready for a longer hall. Also, keep in mind that the Cardinals believe that Grichuk could do spot duty in center field if Fowler misses time with an injury.
The truth lies in a honest discussion of the rationale behind the rankings. Law's rank could be based on the lack of a high ceiling, where the other rankings could take into account his high floor and predictability. I do find it interesting when a highly rated prospect reaches the majors and struggles and then drops in the ranking. He got to the majors. It takes ability to do that. Shouldn't that underscore the high rankings -- and yet prospects who haven't reached the majors seem to surge for one reason: They haven't failed yet. It's the Backup Quarterback Fallacy. So, different rankings look for different things, value different things, and I know that some like to romance the high ceiling guys even if they have a greater chance of failing. Those rankings are ... for lack of a better word ... sexier. When I do the rankings, I always keep in mind the floor. The high floor is valuable. Predictability is value, even undervalued. A known quantity. Hard to see how Weaver doesn't contribute at some point in the majors. Can you saw that for sure about the other 10, 11, 12 prospects ranked ahead of him? Or are they just better to dream on?
That's a good one. DeJong at shortstop is another.
No that stands out today, no.