That's fair. Some of the interactions with players and fans at the Winter Warm-up last a lifetime for those fans. This will be something like my 15th Winter Warm-up and I was struck last year how people who came at 5 had stories and pictures about meeting players that they still remembered at 15, and how people who got that autograph at 12 that they'll never forget were back at 22 to get the next signature, and if I've got another decade of these in my career then those kids who got the smile from a player at age 12 will be taking their kids to get an autograph and a moment with a player they'll never forget.
Good question. We're going to have a better sense of that this weekend, for sure, and so will the Cardinals. As part of Winter Warm-up players usually go through the car wash with team trainers and team doctors. Carpenter has said rest has done him good with his shoulder.
The chance of signing Holland is not zero at this point. Of the closers that were available in the market, he seemed to be the one that interested the Cardinals the most. That was the feel I and others reported and talked about at the Winter Meetings.
Sure. I've seen players come back from shoulder injuries. I imagine you have to.
Lefthanded power deterrent would make for a better bench, esp. against blowtorch closers.
What he makes of it. Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. told my colleague Rick Hummel that Martinez earned more than just a part-time role with the team based on his performance down the stretch this past year. He was impressed with what Martinez did with the playing time and how he improved at first base. Platoon? Not so simple. At this point the Cardinals see Carpenter moving around -- an everyday player without an everyday position -- and then the matchups could dictate who plays at the other positions with Wong nearly a fixture at second except maybe when there's a lefty that is tough on him, Gyorko an usual starter at third, and Carpenter often at first but clearing the way to another position to get at-bats from Martinez there.
Nope. All sold out. I've been chatting.
Zilch. From what I can gather.
Not likely. Not at that price. Not for that fit.
Can't see them making the Cole trade and then going to get Lynn, but Lynn is definitely an option for them if that trade doesn't happen. That seems clear.
Not necessarily. I see where you're coming from, and that does line up with the Cardinals actions (talking to Rays about Archer, for example) and the Cardinals comments (focus on "upgrades), but this market also provides them the possibility of adding some given depth to the rotation. Hellickson is there. Cashner is there. And you'd be surprised how valuable a known quantity is for the back end of a rotation. Think about what Lohse did as a late addition for that years rotation -- just by cranking out the quality starts and giving a given every five days. If that player is going to be there for a one-, two- deal and you can maintain the flexibility while also adding the innings, adding that depth, then that's a value move.
What I have been told is Arrieta is open to going to the team that meets his asking price, and that is not just salary, that is also years.
(Oh, and sure friendship is always a factor. I wouldn't oversell that, though.)
If Bob Nightengale is suggesting something like that, then you know it comes from a well of reporting that he does and that he's accountable for such information, not just slinging it out there to show off on Twitter, or whatever other vehicle there is to see if a prediction can go viral. I can only offer however what I know at this point: Moustakas' cost would be weighed against the presence of Gyorko, and at this point Moustakas would offer a slight edge to Gyorko in two places: track record as a 140-game third baseman and that he bats lefthanded. So, if he slips to a one-year deal there would be appeal from those two spots, but from the start the Cardinals have always struck me as hesitant to make a commitment to Moustakas because they have Gyorko and they have preferences for that position that could become available later.
Along with Aledmys Diaz? I don't believe so, no.
He would not have, no. Jamie Moyer did not either. Good questions.
And there's this. Excellent point to make. Thanks for the back-check. One idea floated -- not by the Cardinals, but by the chatterati -- is that you just push back the draft pick. Lose it this year. Gain it next year when he leaves for another team.
Toronto has the keys to that decision, and Jays think they can make a move to contend.
Nope. Are you new to this? We know the ending.
I'm referring to Donaldson, for sure.