Yet to be Signed Innings Workhorse
Hicks as the swing/alternate
Alcantara in the bullpen
All of them. Any of them. They were all in the organization by Aug. 31.
They should fear their pitching most of all.
It's a good question. You'd start with what's been missing from his game. And that's the success of his slider and the feel for his off-speed pitches. It's entirely possible that comes from the workload and the use and the arm just not acting like it did at full strength. It could also be that hitters have adjusted to Oh's stuff like they did Wacha's and that forced him to go something else, or try something else that wasn't effective. I'm going to bet it's all of those things mixed together. The work. The lack of surprise. That has all blended into what's held his off-speed stuff back this season and has been the root of his issues.
Sure. What happens in October can be historic, but it should not be antiseptic.
Three names from the lower levels: Alvaro Siejas, Johan Oviedo, and Jake Woodford.
Usually teams go with four starting pitchers. Today, that would be Martinez, Lynn, Wacha, and Weaver.
He has been improved, and is a plus-fielder. Says more about Sierra, than it does Bader.
He figures out how to walk. He eventually plays third base. He hits in the middle of the order. Whether he's an All-Star or not depends on Cardinals nation voting for him.
Do you have a few hours? I'm not sure this is a question to fire in late in the chat as I try to speed to a close. This is a complicated roster with a lot of overlap and serious protection issues for 40 man.
Probably just the first you've noticed him. He's earned raves around the game for how he's building the Phillies, reshaping them quickly and working through that tear down to build back that some other teams have famously done. Agreed, this was a shrewd move. That is a good word to use.
He finished the GCL season with 118 at-bats there and 49 strikeouts, so that leads to the .161/.242/,280 line you'd expect. Three homers. Raw kid. Facing off-speed pitches like he's never seen before, and have trouble with them as the coaches and Cardinals expected. Positive growth though and he'll be part of the Cardinals' winter activities at Jupiter to work on his approach at the plate. They want to speed up that experience factor for him.
They do, yes. At last check.
Conversations and texts messages and emails. Increasingly text messages are the grease for deals. But you can talk to one team and hear what that team is doing or where they're talking and use that springboard into a conversation for yourself. It's rather organic.
Um, I'm not sure this is the example that you're looking for, right. So a sign-and-trade in the NBA has to do with salary cap limitations and spending. Baseball doesn't really have such things, but there is a tax on going over a number with a total payroll. In Donaldson's case, he would by definition be a sign-and-trade I suppose because he's arbitration eligible. So, the Jays could go through the arb process with him, get him to a deal, and then trade him.
(Or they could trade him before the arbitration process and put that in the lap of the other team, which is fine by them, too. Little changes there.)
But if you're talking about the NBA way of doing it -- where the Jays sign him to an extension and then flip him to a previously agreed upon team, that is unnecessary step. It also would be one that Donaldson would want to avoid. The team that wants Donaldson can just do that deal if Donaldson wants it. There's no need for the sign then trade, when in baseball they can just trade and let the other team figure out what do with his contract.
This is a legit question, and don't be surprised if next year he's in Double-A trying to reclaim the development that he didn't get this season. He would just be right back where he started -- or would have started -- and the Padres did was selfishly waste a spot on their roster all year to get his rights, knowing that it might stunt or delay or erase entirely his development. Not that they care if the latter happens. They only are thrilled if they scored a talent because they can take the delay. This is the ethics question that we've explored previously: What role should a team have in assuring a player the best chance of reaching his potential -- not just his best chance at reaching a value for the team? I think the actions in this case the Padres believe none. Odds are so stacked against finding a major-league impact player that it seems all the means justify that end if it happens, not all of players trampled in the process. So Cordoba gets that one year big-league deal, gets that one big-league money, and next year is going to have to back as if this year never happened in terms of development. He's a year older. He's a year delayed in success. Should be interesting to watch.