It hasn't been discussed to the best of my knowledge, and they have shown an eagerness to do that with other players, from Wick to Tuivailala. And Wick had power, you'll recall. Wisdom is in a tight spot, and it's one that the CBA/rules are designed to free him from -- with another team for 2018. That seems to be where this is headed.
Nope. Would still require waivers.
There are hundreds in here. I appreciate the effort taken by readers. And I spend hours in here as a result -- trying to get to as many as I can.
Flatground work. Almost every day. Before the game.
Yes he did. That was a good team.
Typos happen. Glass houses, pal.
Don't overlook the Milwaukee Brewers. They and the Cardinals have some things that the highly-touted Cubs do not have.
Pitching. Homegrown pitching.
That is not what as happened. Yadier Molina has never ever been in Memphis this season. Neither has Lance Lynn or Michael Wacha. And if you think the Cardinals pull off any of this without major-league players like those three, Wong, Fowler, Carpenter and numerous others, then I've got a lovely 90-foot bridge to sell you across 120-foot river. But it really has potential to grow!
It's a possibility. The 40 percent mark is kind of the rough/easy estimate for innings bump from year to year. If you're looking at Flaherty for next year, you might want to consider that he'll have some time as a reliever, and that even then they'll want to consider work in the playoffs as part of it. 200 is not out of the range of possibility, but predicting it would be tricky given the likelihood he serves in different roles.
Not really. He's been around the block. He knows that can happen anywhere. If anything, in my experience talking with starters, a strong closer is a draw for a team, so it's like a tiebreaker, but it's not a decision-maker. Dollars and years are the decision-makers. Look at some of the starters who have gone or stayed in Washington. That hasn't been a bullpen that inspires comfort from the starters, and yet they still stay/go there. Dollars. Years.
Again, hitting like what? Hitting like the player with the 17th-best OBP in the game? Hitting like the 17th/18th-best OPS among infielders in the National League? Hitting like that guy? Look, if you want to move Carpenter down in the order that's fine. If you want to put him on the bench because of how he's hitting, fine. But then you have to commit to that standard. You have to bat everyone hitting worse than him lower, too, and you have to bench the other Cardinals batting worse than him ...
Among players with enough ABs to qualify for the batting title, that leaves you with this lineup:
1. Tommy Pham, OF
(Drop that minimum at-bats down a bit, say, to 350 and now you're talking about a lineup with Pham, DeJong, Fowler, and Wong. Still, Carpenter's batting fifth ...)
Hello to Italy. Thanks for logging in from around the globe. Always amazed at the places this chat and the Cardinals coverage reaches. It's something that has been beneath the surface for awhile that Wainwright could always end his career with the Cardinals as a reliever. I don't think the team has openly talked about it, but it was always possible with the length, timing of his contract.
I think you may have accidentally proved my point.
That last part is definitely true. If he's on the same ballot as Buster Posey, then it will be interesting to see who draws away from whom. Posey has the MVP and the extra World Series title and the superior offensive numbers. Molina has more decorations and individual honors and two World Series titles. Could definitely see Molina falling into the Edmonds role -- second best to one of the best and thus unfairly downgraded like Trammell, Raines for a long time. But I think you should be careful about describing how "national writers" view Yadier Molina without quoting them specifically. I've had the opportunity to talk with many voters, and how they view Molina's candidacy and Cooperstown place is far more nuanced than you suggest, and even more complimentary.
Find takers for a few outfielders to clear room for the move for a bat. If that means packaging outfielders to get that bat, then all the better.
That only takes into account the individual performance. You also have to bake in what the Cardinals got as a tradeoff, and part of that was having Maris in the lineup. So did that cover for the change in the team's overall performance? That's what matters.
If I move Player X from RF to 3B and he goes from plus-12 to minus-21
But I replace him with an RF who creates 40 more runs and is a plus-15, I probably like that deal.
It's about the roster, not just the individual.
They have interest in maintaining Nicasio. Not sure they know the cost that he'll command. But he would have been a free agent they would pursue even if he wasn't wearing their No. 12 for a few weeks.
Yes. Maybe Houston, too. Many teams. He'll be coveted.
Good to hear you're safe. Wong has been dealing with a back issue. And, yes, he has played as the Cardinals hoped and done as much -- even more -- than some of the players listed in the poll to secure his place with the team. He has had a superb season, even a breakout season. This is the Kolten Wong that the Cardinals spent so much time talking about this winter, and if the team took cues from how he has played and his style of play they would be leading the division.