He does for teams looking for that bounce year. He has leverage if he can find a suitor that sees him as a mutually beneficial addition. Going to a place where he can just rake makes a lot of sense, and there are a few teams at ballparks that would bring out the best in him that would benefit from having him around and he would benefit from that playing time. That's his leverage.
Don't see that happening.
I had a few, but was disappointed that I didn't come up with that one great creative whizbang awesome gift. My son did. He was able to, on his own, find and purchase a vintage Han Solo pistol from the 1980s, complete with the original "Return of the Jedi" stickers on it. I asked for it as a kid, and never got it. He knew this and went out to find it so finally got something from list some 34 years ago. Thoughtful kid.
115-120, seems reasonable.
Would be helpful, sure. Doesn't seem necessary to add two. They've got that second.
Interesting question. Not before Dale Murphy, who if he hit two homers with the Rockies might have tipped the scale. This is something that I try to be aware of when I'm looking at the ballot. If a guy has 2,986 hits but not 3,000 don't get fixated on the lack of those 14 hits for a nice round number where there is so, so, so much else that goes into a career beyond a nice round accepted number.
Why would he start at first base when Cardinals have three other options at this point?
That's fine until you consider April exists and Reyes will be around by May 1.
Then you'd have the luxury of six, which most teams need (at least) anyway. And you'd go with new guy, Wacha, Wainwright, Weaver, Martinez, and Mikolas, with Reyes set for the bullpen and Weaver in flux if he's ready for the role at the start of the year but not having to be pushed into it. Same with Mikolas. Gives a little insurance there.
How about if you give his knees a rest you just give him a rest? What's so wrong with actually giving Molina a day off and not having him get a "day off" by running around all over first base?
The latter. The Jays think they can contend.
Fairly good. Castellanos, for example.
All of these thoughts are worth exploring, but the collusion is hard to see -- at least as a premeditated, organized thing. Now as far as groupthink? Oh yeah. This is what happens when every team is run like a hedge fund with algorithms making the calls. What we're seeing is the outgrowth of Moneyball and all of the advances teams like Oakland, the Cardinals, the Astros, and advanced teams have made through the years. Remember all that time we've talked about the game catching up to the Cardinals. Here we are. Don't you hear the echo? Teams want shorter contracts, willing to pay more per year to get them. Sound familiar? Teams feel reluctant to pay deep into the 30s. Teams don't want to commit long contracts to positions that are volatile like pitching. Teams want to hold onto young controllable talent. Teams would rather go with their internal options than pay for free agent prices. Teams are looking for value, not just production. Where have we heard all of this before for 10 years? It all sounds so so familiar.
Math is universal, and if all teams are starting to value players the same way and only making data-driven decisions and not breaking from their equations, then this is what you get. Stalemate.
I disagree. A closer gets them closer.
Cardinals shouldn't count on or advertise midseason deals. We've seen the sequel.
I'm not sure there has been an absence of his curveball. Heck, there was a game this past year, where he leaned so so heavily on the curve because he didn't have the snap on his fastball that he expected. He was improvising. Trying to pull of something. Using whatever he had. He had the curve. He threw it as much this past year as he has in recent seasons, and it's more than one out of every four of his pitches.
Hey, I know this happened at the start of this chat, and I should have brought it up sooner. My fault: Randal Grichuk has a one-year, $2.6 deal with the Cardinals. The team continues to work on deals with Ozuna, Lyons, and Wacha. One of the wider gaps at this point is Ozuna, but that's also because he's set to make by far the largest salary of the group and see the largest raise.
I did not. I know they were pursuing multiple things, and it's entirely possible that when it appeared they couldn't find a way to get Archer into a deal or get Archer as a center piece of the deal then the interest in other parts of it waned. The asking price for Longoria, as we saw with Giants, was also high, and you could see why the Cardinals would bend away from that.
It definitely caters to an approach that he has excelled at in past winters, yes. He has patience. He's willing to wait on a market. The Cardinals are in general.
A little surprised there aren't more questions about Jason Isringhausen, honestly.