The what now? Probably not. You should look up coverage from that time.
It does. And you bring up a good point. So, Trout has a contract and earlier I should have pointed out that it doesn't make sense for him to do so. I needed to add more clarity to that comment. The players that could "hold out" would be ones that are signed during spring, like, a Kris Bryant a few years ago who could have taken a stand against not getting promoted, or Ozuna several years ago when he was being bounced around by the Marlins. From one vantage point, these free agents are holding out because they're clearly not taking any old offer to race to spring training -- they're still waiting on what they consider to be the best offer.
They do not because they need to know when he intends to sign. As of right now, the marketplace isn't great for him to get a big offer from anyone other than Baltimore, really. Now, give it a few months, and the Cardinals and other teams will certainly be players at the higher figure that he'd covet. The Cardinals would make that play -- they just need him to wait, and the Mesa brothers did not. Sanchez is considered an infielder that is close to ready for the majors. That's the scouting report on him. He's above-average in the middle infield, can handle the pace of the game, has a good arm, and the upside of his offense depends on who you ask at this point.
No. It's unclear. Also that's five names. They're going to only carry 12 pitchers?
They are going to try and create that quality with quantity. They have the number of arms to do it, but they do need some kind of breakout or breakthrough in consistency from some other pitcher than Mikolas. That could be a full season of Wacha. That could be a return to form for Martinez. Or any and all of that, and that would make the Cardinals' plan not just work but flourish.
The Cardinals would like him to be. I'm not sure his defense tracks with Moustakas at this point, and I don't think he's going to be Bregman -- he'll be more power based than the Astros' 3B. He's also not yet 20 and such comps are tricky, or at least are always tricky for me. If Gorman isn't the best hitting prospect since Oscar Taveras than the Cardinals have a chance that Malcom Nunez will be. He's been around here working out with some of the big-leaguers.
Probably. And can I just say that is the height of silliness. If a team acquires a top-five hitter in the league does it matter when they get him? Is Goldschmidt somehow less of an MVP candidate because he was acquired via trade in early December as opposed to signed off the market in January? I don't get that. I read a preview magazine that predicted Goldschmidt would win the NL MVP award, and there are times when it seems like in this chat and on Twitter or in my inbox that fans think the Cardinals didn't make an addition at all this winter or that they would rather the team not have traded for Goldschmitd and signed Machado or Harper. Now, could the team Cardinals have done more? Absolutely. Sure. You bet. Argue away. But Goldschmidt is an elite player.
I do not. They want to have an aggressive bullpen. They have two ptichers, Gant and Mayers, who are out of options. This sniffs of a 13-man staff.
(And it's not a 13-man bullpen. That would be a lot. It's five starters, eight relievers.)
Probably not, unless there is an injury.
I know of people who do not think the Cardinals added an elite talent this winter. There have been questions on Twitter and in emails and in this chat about how the Cardinals didn't add a team-changing bat. So, there's evidence that some people think that. Now, more think the Cardinals didn't do enough and that's fine. That makes a lot of sense. I haven't said anything else. Carry on.
No, they do not. They have Austin Gomber. They did not have a Tyler O'Neill.
John Mozeliak. It's not close. Walt Jocketty would be second.
Because they feel they have a team that could win the division right now. Because they didn't like the price (length of contract) for the players that are out there. That's why. That's their view. You don't have to agree with it. I don't think you're going to change their view -- outside of choosing another team to support, or another form of entertainment that would lessen their revenue.
There are many disconnects, clearly. We've spent the winter mapping them. Fans are probably saying those things because they hear it from the front office. But it's important to note that the front office also has $50 million still committed to a right fielder in Dexter Fowler. That is part of the answer, too.
I'm not going to live to cover a series in London, am I?
Sometimes it clearly is. But that's the gig.
On the position side, I guess so. That means absolutely nothing. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
They're going to start workouts sometime between 9,30 and 10,15 each day it seems. Haven't seen the official schedule, but that's what we were told today.