I don't see Joe Kelly's fit with the Cardinals. They like Gyorko where he is, especially if that's the return.
Honestly, I think that's what he would prefer to do.
He'll have another person to report directly to, Girsch.
Cardinals passed on Reddick when all it cost was money, don't see them pursuing this now.
Recovering well. The target for conversation about his return to baseball activities was next month. Around or in August, I was told.
Another one mentioned by Nightengale, of USA Today. Credit where credit is due. Brach fits a lot of what the Cardinals like to score when it's a reliever. Control for another year. Trading Lyons would free up some roster confusion in the process, too. Lyons doesn't have any options left, and when he was in the long role that created issues for the Cardinals. Here's what I can add to this: The Cardinals are not, as of last check, adverse to a short-term relief addition because of commitments already in the bullpen on the books for next year. That could be a quick-fix for now and a reassess for winter. So, they are willing to depart from past control preferences. Second, not sure of Orioles' interest in Lyons. I do know there have been a few teams that saw him as a starter they would have happily snagged off waivers.
It hasn't come up before. There's probably a reason for it. Arm troubles, perhaps.
Braves are ahead in the standings.
Would make more sense in the All-Star Game then anywhere else. I'm OK with whatever they do for the All-Star Game that makes it a showcase for the game and for the fans. That's what it should be. The players had a raucous blast in Miami and part of that was because of the interviews on the field and the talks in the on-deck circles and yes the photo at home plate. That was great fun. Baseball is entertainment and that game with the biggest stars and the loose rules should cater to the game's personality and personalities. We need more of that in the All-Star Game. That is the lesson of Miami.
Alright, I now turn you over to Rick Hummel and his coverage all week from Queens. He'll be at the keyboard all night at C-Beat and StlToday.com. I've got some other assignments this week, some stories to work through, and of course the trade winds to map. All of that will be covered as it happens on StlToday.com. Talk with you next week. Check your local listings for chat day and chat time. It will come right in the middle of the 10 days that will likely decide who the 2017 Cardinals are viewed. Buyers. Sellers. Dealers. Idlers. Wishers. Hopers. Contenders. Rebuilders. Anything is possible. Aloha.