He is in discussion, yes. That is something the Cardinals are sorting thorugh.
You have got to be kidding me.
This was mentioned in a chat here, right here, several times. Brought up in the wake of the series here, and how the pitcher the Cardinals would look at from that team was Colome. Pricey, but also a huge addition. The Rays seem to annually flirt with moving Archer.
I have never covered a team that acted like a seller, made moves like a seller, and then insisted it wasn't a seller and now looks, according to the standings, like a contender. The Cardinals are in the race by the virtue of their opponents also underachieving and the performance of players like Pham, DeJong, who were not part of the originally plan. Increasingly, it looks like the 2018 Cardinals are going to get a head start on contending by doing so in 2017. More than just the front office has pushed a fast-forward button on their moves. A few of the Cardinals (I should include Luke Weaver in that list too) have done so with their production as well.
I haven't had a chance to ask Rick this specific question, but we did look through the history for the last time the Cardinals were sellers at the deadline -- whether they called themselves that or not -- and didn't fine a time when they straddled the fence this way and made moves internally, rather than adding from the outside until September. That was new.
Only if that's the trade the Cardinals can pull off to get the desired added talent. The Cardinals will talk/listen on any of the outfielders and almost any of their players this winter.
They see a need, sure, and they're discussing it. They don't necessarily have that opening right away for O'Neill. That would take ejecting someone. They could. It's just why not do it earlier if you are?
1) Sure seems that way. And that was telegraphed the day they acquired him. They want to mix and match, sure, but it will be leaning toward Nicasio and then supplementing with Tyler Lyons, who Matheny wants to use more in the middle innings when the bulk of the order is up or the game could be decided with a left/left matchup. Nicasio is going to be the closer in action, if not in name.
2) I asked that exact question and the reaction was as if I sprouted a third ear. Sure, I get it. It's taboo to talk about the postseason when you're not in it -- and when you're chasing chasing chasing to get in it. Fine. But this seems to me to a paramount question. It would be really odd for a team to ride a closer all the way to the doorstep of October and then suddenly have to turn to a reliever, new to closing in the playoffs. The Cardinals have come close to that with Wainwright, Motte, and Rosenthal, when you think about the some of the recent World Series teams, but not so immediately before the playoffs, and not without the former closer still be around, unless injured. It would new, to say the least.
But there's a lot to this team and its past month of roster work that is nontraditional.
Add this to the list.
If seven of those 12 wins are against the Cubs, absolutely.
Outfield defense is not something that Cardinals are lacking at this point. They have a handful of superb defenders. They could put three center fielders in the lineup and still have a plus-glove on the bench for the position.
That needs to be a conversation that begins with John Mozeliak and Dexter Fowler and his agent, and later includes Mike Matheny. But it has to come from the top, if and when it happens.
Lyons could be/has been an elite reliever. That can be his calling. There's money in it.
Entirely possible, yes. He's going to get the chance.
This would be a case of arbitrary end points -- using the current season, for example -- to make a long-term investment decision. Another example would be suggesting that Jose Martinez's OPS is second to only Giancarlo Stanton's in the second half of this season and thus why haven't the Cardinals locked him up with a $200-million extension? In both cases, more data gives you a greater sense of the difference between these pitches. One has a high strikeout rate, misses bats, and has solid trades, while the other is a middle-rotation starter who gets grounders and is going to be, at best, a quality start monster, not just, you know, a front-line monster. That's the obvious, statistical difference. The less obvious one is the contracts, and those are hugely different.
Quintana has a deal that includes two team options in the coming years and if both are exercised he's owed $29.35 million from 2018 to 2020.
Leake is guaranteed the next three seasons, and he's owed $53 million in that time.
There you have the reason why one commands the deal the Sox got, and why the Cardinals didn't get that much for Leake. The Cardinals were moving a contract. The Sox were moving a difference-making talent.
He's on that trend line, and should be concerned, aware.
All that's missing is Rally Cat crossing their path.
There will be a discussion about a two-year deal before he ever gets to arbitration. If the Cardinals go to arbitration the case is going to be made on what he's done, and his salary is going to be set that way, so they'll be paying a high price for a pitcher who may only throw two months, and then off he goes to be a free agent. Better on both sides to offer each side security: Rosenthal the security of a salary and a rehab spot, and the Cardinals the 2019 contract as a way to make the commitment. We've seen deals like this. The other option for the Cardinals is to non-tender him and watch another team do that deal.
Grichuk has 20 home runs. That's the tradeoff. And Piscotty has been playing well defensively as he continues to try and revive his swing. He's had his games, his moments, at the plate, and the Cardinals are definitely suggesting the time invested in getting him right/getting him swings is going to pay off more than the alternatives. That's their stance. You can agree or disagree with it.
Not sure what to tell you. I've checked multiple times this year and in past years and the rule is that a player must be in the organization by the end of August. In the organization is a big place. So, it's not like a team is suddenly at a competitive disadvantage or unable to fill an opening on the roster. This rule was not a secret. If it meant so much to have a player available for the playoffs, then pay the freight to make it happen. Pretty simple.