I think that's fair. Look at 1B. He wasn't going to play 1B, and the Cardinals have been looking for 1B-level production from that position for several years, and when they got it this past season it happened to be Matt Carpenter providing it. Producing multiple offensive prospects has been something the Cardinals are searching for ...
No clue. Unless they're running out of 40-man spots. Competition is good in all phases.
The best weekend to come is always around the first set of games because you're going to see drills in the morning and get closer to the team than at any other time, and you're going to see most of the team there performing, including some prospects. The games then take on a swirl of players getting in and out and several pitchers will be used. This is the "bridge week" of spring, as Tony La Russa to call it, and it's the time when fans can get the best sense of spring training.
I don't drink whiskey. Are you suggesting this might make me start? It's Feb. 11. Long season.
They may not fill those spots with someone as good, but they'll fill those spots. Cleveland isn't going to go into a game without a shortstop because, oh no, Lindor didn't show up because he's unhappy with his contract. They won't have a shortstop who is as good, but they'll move on. That's the big fear for the players at this point is that because of analytics and because of the chokehold on free agency at this point they are seeing how teams are willing to settle for less of a player to get more of a value. Hold out? Fine. You'll be replaced. Wait to sign? Fine. Someone else will be signed. As much as it shouldn't be the same is true with Mike Trout. This is an issue for baseball -- and it's one that people around the game are concerned about because increasingly the game is being run like the front offices are the stars and the players are fungible. Let's be honest about that. It shouldn't be that way. I don't how to correct it, but I know how we talk about it and write about it will help. As far as the younger crowd losing touch with baseball. Color me skeptical. I've heard that my entire life. MY. ENTIRE. LIFE. And still baseball thrives. And still baseball grows. And still baseball draws and gets revenue. Baseball is a top three sport in the globe when it comes to revenues. It's fine. Now, young fans are consuming baseball differently than I did at their age. I've talked before about how my son watches the game, digests the game, has found a passion for the game, and it's different than I did -- but no less significant or genuine. It's different. And the game has already learned how to meet him there and get revenue from it.
It is the reason. I don't have to agree with it or just repeat it if it doesn't compute. Take it up with him. I'll wait to get a chance to have him explain it to me and he can reconcile it with past comments. It's my job to ask. I will. It's my job to explain. I'll try. It is not my job to defend. So I won't.
Deadlines are set by CBA and are based on how many workout days and when a team opens the season. These are set on a larger scale than one players. Ozuna is here because the team requested it and he's coming back from injury. But he doesn't have to be, for example.
This is an opinion I have not heard before. So I thought I would share it.
And then Stephen Piscotty wouldn't have been with his mom in her final days. Sometimes a team can do the right thing by a human. Imagine that.
It's not just Drew Robinson vs. Yairo Munoz for that spot. It's those two vs. Jedd Gyorko vs. the need for a 13th arm for that spot on the bench.
PECOTA is conservative by nature through the years. I don't think it's low for the Cubs. The Cubs don't appear to be the titan imagined. Benjamin Hochman disagrees and wrote about that in this morning's paper. I suggest you check out his story. He sees a far better team that PECOTA does, then I do as one circling that 84-85 area. It's going to take 92 to win the division. That seems reasonable. And now that I've said that I will be wrong.
The Cardinals did not have interest in pursuing that deal. For one reason, if the Diamondbacks found a way to shed that salary maybe it would make them less inclined to deal Goldschmidt, and the Cardinals made it quite clear their aim was to get Goldschmidt. If Arizona had forced Greinke onto the deal the Cardinals would have been less likely to part with two major-league pieces because the goal of Arizona would be the shed salary completely and the Cardinals would have factored that into the deal. Perhaps that means adding upside/more youth, but it would have changed the deal in that regard because the Cardinals would want to maintain talent for the added financial cost they would be absorbing.
Fine place. A few years ago, I was sitting by (name drop) Keith Olbermann when the press box was swarmed by bees. That was fun.
Those have to be factors because agents are going to make them factors in the talks. The Cardinals would point to how they handled Adam Wainwright's deal or how they calculated Yadier Molina's deal, in which they understand they were paying a price for legacy.
It sure seems to be changing the notion of long-term deals, for sure.
Appreciate that sentiment. The opinions at times are so out of touch they're vile.
The Cardinals, privately, have a similar opinion. A miss on their part.