I'm not sure I see the comparison here. Players leave all the time. The rare icon gets to stay.
You have a very robust view of Molina's bat, considering 1B is a power, MVP-level position. And in this scenario you would be bumping aside the player likely to bat No. 3 for the Cardinals, a place that Molina has only rarely hit (if ever) for the Cardinals.
That question is really how little the rest of the lineup has to be hitting for the Cardinals to have to look for offense elsewhere. Remember back a few years ago that the whole lineup was searching for offense, Wong was struggling, and all of sudden he was in the minors as Ellis was starting. If the Cardinals are cranking away the runs elsewhere in the lineup then they can carry a glove-first player and speed guy at No. 8. They've done that with players at catcher and shortstop before.
Brian Sanchez, RF. He was the league MVP.
I said that the Wednesday starter would be on turn to start opening night. So would Thursday's starter -- just without the added day off before April 2 arrives.
Carson Kelly as the centerpiece would not be enough for that deal. But Carson Kelly's appeal to the White Sox is why the Cardinals are going to keep appearing in conversations connecting the two.
No one is paying any attention to how long those games are because they're so fun, fun, fun. The message here is that games with meaning (even artificially created) and games with pace and excitement (Adam Jones for goodness sake! Francisco Lindor! Ain't Javy Baez fun to watch!) can go on for awhile and no one notices.
No harm in trying during spring training. The injury risk is real and should not be discounted. Hamstrings get hurt when players not used to outfield go out there. Adams has been moving round well. Adams has been running the bases well. Adams has shown that he has greater agility than in the past. And this LF stuff isn't that new. He has been taking balls off the bat out there during BP. What is new is that the Cardinals had a chance to get him in the OF group for instruction with Willie McGee on the back fields. And that a game is in the future.
One could hope. It's worthy of study.
(Let's be honest, the length of spring training is somewhat about selling the games that they do have and somewhat about teams being so so so so overly cautious with so so so much because of the bubble wrap that high salary invites.)
A regression to the mean is likely. That's the Cardinals' opening.
Can it be both? Also, let's not ignore peer pressure. The players are into this.
There are tickets available to watch BP, and that can be a great time to see spring training and get a feel for it -- and also score autographs if that's what you want. And, yes, the back fields are open to fans. I was back there on Thursday and pleasantly surprised by the crowd. Now, Tim Tebow was also there, so that's part of it. But there is a reason to be back there, and you can get a sense of how spring training really unfolds for a younger player. There are the pitchers scouting their peers. There are the scouts looking at players from other teams. There are the roving coaches looking at their charges and shouting instruction (Jose Oquendo does this) and notating things to work on. The baseball isn't going to be the best and sometimes it does drag on the back fields, but there is always something that happens that you can say you were the first to see or something that maybe reveals a new element of the game or spring training. It pays off, if your patient.
And then there are the times you get trampled by the crowd trying to get Tebow's autograph.
Garcia is on the team. Lyons can start the year on DL, and that appears likely at this point. Socolovich would then make the team. If they're going to expose one to the waiver wire it would likely be Socolovich, and it would be at a time when there is a lot of action on the waiver wire, teams flooding it with righthander depth pitchers and relievers -- not looking to grab one.
Spring training has not changed that, no. Spring training can be a springboard for change, but there's no rush to make that move, and the Sox can always create more urgency from a team closer to the deadline. Also, the rule of don't fall in love in spring definitely comes into play when discussing prospects who are viewed as good but need to be top-shelf to be in that deal. No one has changed that view in spring. Impossible to do. Even Terry Evans needed a few months.
So many Luis Robert questions. And you're asking the same ones that the teams interested are asking, Cardinals including. They aren't given any hints about a timetable. They wish. The Cardinals' chances of signing him are, hard to peg right now. I wanted to write 1 in 3, just because they have the money and they'll be one of the teams able to go over the top to get him. The big spenders are out. But they aren't alone, and there's been no real indication from Robert on what he wants in a team. He'll have choices here. But, yes, the chances diminish with each passing day and they vanish entirely after June 15. So, yes, the clock is ticking.
It's both. Innings are more valuable than you are giving them credit. A bulk of innings from the same five guys implies they are giving quality. I'm standing by that.
They bet that a team wouldn't be able to keep him, and they protected the shortstops/infielders who were younger and higher levels. It could be a misread on their part, but it was just as likely that Sosa would have been taken and Alvarez certainly would have been taken. It was only through a quirky rule that Cordoba was even eligible for the Rule 5. So the Cardinals may have been trying to see if other teams were paying attention. (They were.) They're gamble is likely to pay off. The other day I heard the expectation is that the Padres will return him. Now, he does have to pass through the other 28 teams before returning -- and if he is taken by another team then the Rule 5 does still apply.
He needs innings as a starter. They're not available anymore to him in Grapefruit play.
Sure. But not for that reason. The reason would be to have legit interest. This isn't vaudeville. And any Epstein meddling in the 11th hour -- which really, c'mon, it was the Angels, and that was the case; I was there at the hotel as it was happening -- is drama, overwrought, overstated drama.
Fantasy. Assumes information not entered into evidence. Molina hasn't said he wants to coach. And also, news flash, he already helps with the scouting and game prep and he would as the backup too. That's one of his standout skills. It's something Team Puerto Rico has handed over to him. He's a player or a coach, and there's been no indication he wants to be a coach when he's not a player.
Yes. Everything. Action of the hitters. Speed to first from the plate. Time on the catcher's throws to second. All sorts of stuff that can help them find talent -- or find an edge against the two teams playing.
Coaching mentioned before. Three/$45m does not have a highest average annual salary. Gotta be higher.
Getting dark here at BPPB. Hard to see. Can't imagine what it's like to hit here. Seems like a good place to stop the chat. Thanks for the patience as I wondered around Palm Beach county and the ballparks that call it home. We'll be back next week with a chat. It will likely be Tuesday, as Monday is a big day around here for coverage. We're all working on the season preview content. The Post-Dispatch's award-winning baseball preview section will come out in Sunday, April 2, edition of the paper. All of the content will be available online. But the only way to get the cool picture on the cover and hang it in your office, room, or dorm is to buy the physical paper. Trust me. Chris Lee really topped himself this year with the picture.
Here's hoping the stories can live up to that standard. Aloha.