Diaz is not yet a starter for them. He's a UT infielder at this point with options.
That is what Holland did. Rosenthal's plan is to do exactly that. This year rehab, late in the year pitch for some teams and then land that Holland type of deal. At this point, his agent does not expect Rosenthal to pitch competitively in 2018.
He was considered, absolutely. His power at that position stands out. Others stood taller.
Or he wants another year or he wants more money, or or or.
Indeed. Ozuna is a feared hitter on the rise.
I think it was a driving factor in their decision -- getting him closer to home, getting him to a spot where he could be there for his mom and be comfortable in his career -- and that made it possible for the Cardinals to make that part of their decision was the interest from Oakland and the depth they had. If Bader doesn't have the season he has, if O'Neill doesn't come from Seattle like he did, if Grichuk only plays left field -- if any of those things then the Cardinals just aren't in a position to make a move where more than baseball is being considered. They would have protected their roster first. In this case, thankfully, they didn't have to and could make a deal that should be remembered for what it allowed a player to do.
Even so, it was a good question, and it allowed me a chance to try and take a swing at a good answer. I don't mind that. As long as there isn't any vulgarity in it, I can play along if there's a reason to answer.
As to your question: Yes. Sure. Budaska remains a valuable coach for the Cardinals and is someone who all of the young hitters have lauded for the work he's done with him. I remain intrigued that he hasn't had a crack at being an assistant hitting coach for another major-league team, especially with some of the turnover we've seen in recent years and now aren't the Dodgers adding a THIRD hitting coach to the coaching staff?! Could see the Cardinals doing that. But here's a name to keep in mind. Ryan Ludwick, the former All-Star, is joining the minor-league coaching staff this year as a roving hitting instructor and that role can be an avenue to the majors and the asst coach role, and it would not be a shock at all if Ludwick is being fitted and set for some kind of move like that in the coming years.
From what I was told, he did not. He wasn't on the 40-man roster. That was part of it. And spots were at a premium, if you recall. He also would not have pitched much, if any, because of the workload.
Of course, injuries like that derailed his career, just like we've seen a number of injuries cut short some elite talents. That happens in the game. That happens any time there is a risk of injury. Rolen is likely to get to the Hall through the veterans' committee -- a long process, similar to Santo, for example.
I don't have one; 2018 hasn't happened yet.
Hard to see either of those things happening.
They went to a lot of trouble to fly out to California, meet personally with Stanton and his reps, and try to sell him on coming to the Cardinals. Seems like a lot of wasted energy if they didn't have any interest in taking on around $250m of his salary, as they offered to do. This wasn't a play within a play; they weren't doing this for show to get a rise out of the fans. They were trying to trade for the reining MVP.
As for your series of deals there is one serious issue with pulling all of that off.
No, it's not the money. The Cardinals have the money to pull it off.
That's not the issue.
The Marlins wouldn't do that. Not any of that. That is not what they were looking to do in those deals.
He does. I could see the fit.
I see your numbers and suggest we all pause for a moment and consider the possibility that Lyons has been used recently as a reliever and that it's not just -- not just -- a show of role but also a show of an improving pitcher. Can that be possible? Count me in the camp that believes that being a reliever has been good for Lyons not because that's the only role he should have, but because it has helped him learn and helped reveal how he is a better pitcher today than he was before -- regardless of the role.
Haven't seen any of those movies. Sorry.
This is a fair and interesting question. The outfield is certainly a strength. The lineup could be a strength. It also could be just like last year's. The starting rotation could be a strength. It also could be more vulnerable than last year's. The bullpen could be a strength. It also could have the same issues compounded with no real option to end games that last year's team had. That's what makes this moment, right here, today, so fascinating to me. The Cardinals have done things to improve their team for 2018, but they have yet assured that they will be a better team in 2018. They have the potential. They also don't have a guarantee. And they are a team that could afford a guarantee.
He has some of the traits that you'd look for in the relievers, and I thought about how to include him in the story yesterday, but I didn't want to give off the wrong impression because Maddux himself has described how they had to cobble together what they could with the Nationals last season before some trades to improve the bullpen and the Cardinals have stated they don't want to cobble.
It's not uncommon. It's just no ideal to go to a hearing as your first act with a new player. That's pretty widely felt through baseball, and here's betting the agent knows it.
I have no idea what these things are, and I don't have time to Google. I'm chatting, man.