Then the moves would be about 2018. It would also not address some of the issues that would then linger into the winter and still drag them back in 2018. There's something about those moves that say they're treading water, not moving forward. Or that they are going into a quiet rebuild, which they should then be honest about.
No problem. Happy to do so.
Strong upside player, and he's done well to raise his ceiling this season. Was talking with a few other players about him, and they lauded just the rpm at which he plays the game. I guess they would have called him a "high-motor" player in football, or something like that. He's got the speed to play a game that is more aggressive, and a few of the players really lauded his instincts for the game. Going back to the prospect rankings from this past winter, Arozarena was mentioned as a player that could be a sleeper, or as one scout told me "worthy of an aggressive ranking." The Cardinals saw him as a player who was ahead of the other Cuban outfielders signed -- because of his age, because of his polish, and that he could scoot through the minors. Lots to like about how his game has come along.
And the O's have a closer. I see where you're going.
Lower. Far less control. Higher dollars being taken on.
I don't get that sense, no. Scouts outside the organization remain split on him, from what I can tell. They like his production at Class AAA and they want to see him more judicious at the plate because some have pigeon-holed him into that leadoff spot/No. 2 spot. So, he's seen as either a guy who can produce like a corner outfielder should (see earlier discussions) or as the next coming of Tommy Pham, a possible fourth outfielder who can start and start a lot when he gets hot or gets a chance.
That is probably more true on Twitter than in the chats here. We've had a good run of questions and thoughts in these chats that depart from the script encountered elsewhere.
And there's also my favorite, which some folks like to mock.
6. It was already been covered in the paper or online approximately 37 1/2 times, but I can't be bothered to click a link or check on my own so I await the writer to show up at my doorstep and provide the info in person or I'll suggest he/she be fired.
As we go through the chat I have been trying to think through whether Jack Flaherty is a candidate for relief. I have. I haven't asked anyone. I've just been letting that roll around in the noggin to see if all of these questions about the bullpen might actually have Flaherty as the answer. I don't have a good feel for that. He's a four-pitch starter who pounds the strike zone. There's a lot to like about that as a reliever. But he doesn't have one overwhelming pitch like say Rosenthal's fastball, Bowman's sinker, Siegrist's crossfire, or Alcantara's fastball. It's more the mix that makes Flaherty successful. Hitters know he can spot the curve or the slider, they know he can spot the fastball or the changeup, so it's that variety that makes it work for him, and in relief do hitters just get to simplify that because they know he's not going to have time or feel to get to all those pitches? That's a tough one. At some point, you've got to try to find out, and maybe what works for him as a starter in that short-burst window of September relief appearances because just like the late-game elixir the Cardinals need because it adds a bump to his velocity and adds a bit of bite to that slider, and he takes off. The bedrock of his game is that he throws strikes, and that is valuable in relief.
Oh, yes, why not Brebbia. Makes sense.
Sierra. They've seen what he can do in the majors. Mercado if a team wants to dream. Bader if a team wants someone who can contribute in the closing month of the season and vie for a spot Tilson-style in the coming year.
Yes. And it always lacked pitching. This is an Achilles' heal for their planned dynasty*.
(Which in Westeros is apparently pronounced dee-nisty, over and over again.)
I'll give it a go here
1. Alex Reyes
2. Carson Kelly
3. Magneuris Sierra
4. Delvin Perez
5. Jack Flaherty
6. Paul DeJong
7. Harrison Bader
8. Dakota Hudson
9. Sandy Alcantara
10. Adolis Garcia
Also considered would be Hicks, Machado, and Arozarena.
Starks. Winter is always coming.
Cardinals lineup for tonight's game in Queens:
1. Carpenter, 1B
2. Pham, LF
3. Fowler, CF
4. Gyorko, 3B
5. Molina, C
6. DeJong, SS
7. Wong, 2B
8. Sierra, RF
9. Wainwright, P
Sure, but keep in mind that every team already could have had him with a waiver claim or Rule 5 pick.
1B more likely than 3B. But at whose expense?
Shake Shack or Two Boots. Two of the greatest places in the world happen to be at that ballpark.
A 10 to me would be a Yelich-type. A move that influences for years to come and takes prospects previously kept in the box -- as collectors would say -- to make it happen. That's a leap for the Cardinals that they have not made before.
(Ozuna would be close, too. Right ahead of Donaldson. It's the control factor that plays in.)