Oh to see a meritocracy. It's one of the loveliest words. Would be wonderful to see.
No it shouldn't. That wouldn't get much action.
Boston hasn't hid its interest in adding a third baseman. There was a report this morning, rooted in Boston, that they were looking at David Freese. That would be interesting. There is a handful of players available. Jedd Gyorko would draw interest from teams, for sure. He's under control. He's played well at third. He grades out well there defensively, whether you're talking to scouts or to the stats. Either way. But all of those reasons also make him appealing for the Cardinals, especially the years coming up on his contract. Not sure of the return that the Cardinals could get from Boston because one thing that stands out from the reports on the Red Sox hunt is that they are looking for a short-term hold -- and that means they aren't looking to give up much to take on a newcomer. They can find better bang for their trade elsewhere, at this point.
He is better at hitting than Billy Hamilton. Sierra has a hit tool, as scouts say. They see him as a player who can steal hits with his speed, but be a factor because his bat is good enough to get hits on its own.
In 2018? Sure. That would be a clear signal that 2017 is over.
Not really, no. He's got a little early Craig in him.
Long time chatters will know I agree. Co-sign.
Have not looked into the Heyward-Yelich comp because, honestly, it's never even come to mind. So let's see if there is reason for it. Heyward has a 107 career OPS+. Yelich a 119 OPS+. Yelich's OPS+ built toward a career-best 133 last season, while Heyward's has never returned to the 131 OPS+ he had as a rookie in Atlanta. The ages lineup. The expectations maybe do, too. But until this season Yelich had been on the incline, while Heyward's career path had been more Lombard Street. I'm using OPS+ here because it normalizes the stat against peers and also for the ballpark. Keep in mind that 100 in average. Yelich has never had a season of sub-100. Heyward is working on his third. (Now, we're just talking bats here, so I know I know I know about the glove.) Something else to note is Yelich's production on the road, away from Marlins Park. He has an .893 OPS in away games to go with a .299/.369/.454 slash line, and the biggest differences there between home/road splits is the average and the slugging, because his home OBP is .366.
a) Sure. July never disappoints.
b) Unlikely that we'll do a chat that day due to reporting/writing requirements. I will need to focus on the deadline and actually making calls and working on stories. I can't speak for everyone, but I imagine that should be my priority that day.
That Status Quo has been forced upon them and Status Quo is sub-.500. Respond accordingly.
At last check, there haven't been many calls on him. That could have quieted because of his injury and his absence from the majors. The Cardinals would have to drum-up interest from teams that had previously contacted them about Wong (Angels, Royals), and see if there is a match there that makes sense during the season. More likely an offseason move with that group of teams.
I think bell peppers are in season. Not a fruit, but do they hang low?
This has been as tricky to determine as has been for the Cardinals to audit. So Iglesias would be one, and Hechevarria was discussed between the Marlins and Cardinals. The talk at that time was more setting the stage for this month and a bat conversation, though the Cardinals had looked at the glove-first Hechevarria before. The Cardinals have gone through some wish-list thoughts on shortstop and then compared that to what they've been able to find in the market -- or find available -- and they do come back to giving Paul DeJong a longer look at the spot. A glove-guy would be good, if they've already added another bat. But without that bat, then a glove guy only prolongs their lineup issue. It's not really the upgrade -- and that's the word being kicked around these days -- upgrade they want. They could be back where they started this whole thing at shortstop pre-Peralta. They hit on a guy in Diaz, then see DeJong as Diaz 2.0, and then come next year DeJong moves to another position or struggles as a sophomore and here they are right back in the same spot. Ending that cycle is on that aforementioned wish list, but the players to do that aren't readily available.
They could make a move with Edmundo Sosa (hand). They have a few other players they could try to sneak through waivers. They recently added Sean Gilmartin to the 40-man so they had the spot then. They could go back and thin the pitchers on there. They're going to need a move already when Duke comes off the 60-day disabled list.
The Cardinals are actively looking for a bat, and some of the best bats play outfield. If they are able to acquire one of the hitters they want then a roster churn is inevitable.
A lot depends on DeJong's play, not just Diaz's. Cardinals are satisfied with the situation now.
That's something that he'll have to improve upon, and it only further strengthens the comparison between he and Diaz, right? Look at them. Diaz doesn't walk much either. He gets a few more infield hits than DeJong. Maybe DeJong will pop a few more extra-base hits. He has better range at this point in the field, too. That's a tiebreaker. But they are both not looking for walks, and pitchers can take advantage of that -- and did against Diaz and have against DeJong.