Paul DeJong's debut. Sandy Alcantara's arrival. Carlos Martinez's season. Chris Coghlan flying over Yadier Molina.
Crux Coffee. Freshii. Hurricane Wings. Leftovers. Those are the go-to.
Let's all take a moment just to consider the look of that: Arrieta as Cardinals closer.
Goodness. That's quite a price tag. I bet it's less. I bet he signs elsewhere. Philly. Bronx. That kind of place.
Either options are possible. Need and his readiness will guide their hand.
They still have depth from which to deal there, and some overlap. They're not done making a move with those positions -- but it could, as you'd expect, be spread over this whole 14-16 month stretch.
Correct. Because I wouldn't need to use the tools given to me to trim the options. I also would vote for them if the Hall put their transgressions on their plaque. Do that, and I'll put them in the 10.
It's not just Matheny or the Cardinals. This is pretty much all teams, right? They want answers for the late innings. And players want roles for the late innings. How much do you hear that? So, this is what all teams want to try and achieve -- some kind of plug-and-chug bullpen, or if you will permit me the double meaning of a bullpen built around innings assigned and matchups available for, ahem, paint by numbers. That seems to be a reasonable way to describe the goal of all teams with their relievers.
Great question. I wish I had a specific answer for you on this. It is a question that I should be better at asking so I can get that answer. Let me endeavor to do so.
Less than you think. I've heard this come up before -- but mostly from outside the agent's office and not often from players. Usually it's a difference of opinion or whether a player wants more control of where they go, for whatever reason, and they want an agent that will give them that freedom. The agents with many clients have many clients for a reason -- they reward them.
Guerrero has a lot of momentum going for him. Hoffman wouldn't be a shock.
And Jim Thome, of course. Thome.
We began with the Hall of Fame ballot, and we'll end here with a Hall of Fame question. Thanks for spending your afternoon here with me at StlToday.com and in the mosh pit. The next chat will be Monday, live from the Winter Warm-up. It's been a quiet stretch for the Cardinals, for sure. That's going to change some tomorrow when the arbitration deadline arrives and deals are completed -- or hearings are likely. Stay tuned. We'll have updates throughout the day at StlToday.com. I have to retire now to the office to crank out a story for tomorrow's paper. In the middle of the chat I had a chance to catch up with one of the Cardinals that will be here this weekend -- and should be a sought after autograph if you already don't have one from him for a reason I'll explore in tomorrow's paper and online here at StlToday.com. A belated happy new year. Soon, to Florida!