There are almost 900 questions that have been logged. I'm getting to them as quick as I can, Phil. Promise.
Trick question. The chat can only figuratively take you places.
That might be the right number of players, but the wrong mix of ages. All of those four players have major-league experience and would need a spot on the 40-man roster. The Marlins, entering a rebuild, would prfer to take on same players that aren't yet on the 40-man roster but still high-tier talents. You're talking about a different group then.
That's as possible as anything. But not as possible as Matt Carpenter at 1B.
You bring up a good point, and I like the argument you've made. The Cardinals had a handful of players rank high in individual leagues, and they have a depth when it comes to the Top 100 that other teams -- especially in the division -- don't have. But what I can add to this is they don't have that super-watt prospect that rankings often look to when it comes to how they fit into the Top 30. Look, if the Cardinals crack the Top Five, that wouldn't be a shock. But I wanted to give you a sense of where depth gets a farm system ranked. Depth isn't as sexy as a star.
Standings don't lie. They're a third-place team unless they improve.
There is no set number as long as they have a brand to preserve. This is a real question for them, though. You are right. What does it meant to always be competitive in an era when there are teams cycling back to rebuild, getting better players, and then slingshotting forward. Does consistent contention have the same success as it did five, six, 10 years ago?
The White Sox, you mean? Yes, the White Sox often want the world from the Cardinals. They have run into that several times in recent years, and this would be no different. I have had a hard time connecting the dots between the Cardinals and the White Sox for a deal for Abreu. That could because I and the rest of the people I have talked to have Stanton Brain or Marlins Brain, or it could be that the front offices have had the same difficulty.
I don't know exactly what they gain, except for maybe an honest, professional relationship with a reporter who can accurately portray information. I do know that an important thing for me has always been to know why a source has this information and where they got it from. If they're just speculating along with the rest of the industry then is that really information, or is it just speculation like the rest of the industry. Anyone with a Twitter feed can read some thoughts from a reporter and pass them along to another report and have them end up as news. We see that a few times every winter, where you can trace someone's tweet directly back to someone reading a previous tweet and rephrasing it. Know your source. Know who you're talking to. And, most of all, report all year long. What information you get in spring training can inform what you know about action in the winter. What information you get in 2015 can reveal what is happening for 2018, and so on.
I guess. Somewhat. Not really the big splash that changes the team. Not today.
To elaborate, Galvis is a year removed from that sparkling defensive season. He's been a minus fielder in two of the previous three years, each with 1,200 innings at shortstop. And this past year, according to Bill James Online, he ranked 27th at shortstop in Runs Saved. This is not the run-prevention move that the Cardinals would be looking for, if that's what you mean.
Not necessarily. Ohtani is not pricey, not now. He could play left field. Or Stanton could.
Don't see A leading to B in this case.
Probably true. I do my best.
Let's hope. Value Over Replacement Scribe. I would imagine that traffic reports and pageviews and such are the beginning of this. But it's certainyl where the industry is headed when you look at the new startups in the market.
I've heard other teams. Philadelphia for one. Texas at some point, if not already. His market has been like a lot of markets. Brewing, not boiling.
Probably not, no. There could be a move for a starter after the winter meetings, and the major move the Cardinals make -- depending on the success here with the Marlins -- could come after the winter meetings, similar to a year ago with Fowler. I imagine there is a deal that could be hatched in January that will really finalize the look of the Cardinals for spring training. That appears to be how this is headed -- and it's something that the Cardinals have actually expected, especially when it comes to the starting rotation.
He enters the season with the expectation to win. That does not mean by the end of the season. that means during the season. Actions always speak louder than words and the Cardinals actions this winter are clearly to provide the manager with a strong coaching staff and a new view of pitching use, a bullpen loaded with right decisions, and a better lineup. Those actions say that there is an urgency to win with the team provided and patience is over.
Thanks, Scott. Glad that you enjoy the chat -- and that you hang with them. I do value the community that has developed through the years here.