They mean what they say. And they are famous for keeping close to the vest. As mentioned many times, there are moves where only a select few members of the front office know exactly what is going on. DeWitt brought that up somewhat today when he said the Cardinals just do not talk about the players they have interest in, or don't have interest in. Club policy.
A closer for a year is not a waste of an elite talent. Adam Wainwright happened.
That does not appear to be the case, at all. Interest in Jake Arrieta is confined to the limited chance that he's ready to accept a short-term deal that would slip into the Cardinals' radar. That's the case.
Glad to hear. Hope you get well swiftly. I'm feeling better. The light at the end of the Warm-up tunnel is in view.
I bet Mike Matheny, Michael Girsch, Bill DeWitt Jr., and Luke Gregerson share the opinion.
They are excited about the Budweiser Terrace. It's an area that has proven popular at Coors Field and Petco Park. There will probably be an ATM or two in the Terrace, yes.
He does not, no. Pitch count is only pitches thrown. Warmups don't count.
A fine thought. Also, maybe with an actual lengthy look and not impatience with the lineup, Matt Carpenter -- a good hitter -- will hit wherever they put him.
The Cardinals don't view Dexter Fowler's contract as "bad." They view him as their starting right fielder and part of the lineup coming off a career with career highs in homers and RBIs. They want him on the team, not traded. Gant and Mayers make the minimum salary. These are the opposite of bad contracts. These things do not lineup and it's hard to see Arizona having any interest.
They are slowly. Boras is in a staredown with some teams. It's compelling, no?
Wick is on the 40-man roster. The other two are not and have little experience at the higher levels of the organization. They're on their way. They will likely arrive in 2018 in the majors. I was asked about opening day.
One. Not necessarily. Doesn't need to be full.
It's definitely a work in progress. I looked at how the Cardinals have five players coming back from last year's bullpen that had at least 35 appearances. That group:
Add to that mix Luke Gregerson
That leaves two spots and a jumble of roles, really. Not a lot of clarity for a team that said at the start of winter it wanted to give the manager some clarity when it came to the bullpen.
Gregerson is the closer, unless Lyons is.
Lyons is the setup man, unless Cecil is or Gregerson or Bowman.
Tuivailala is going to get a good look for a high-leverage role, unless he doesn't and Brebbia does and wins that spot, while Bowman handles fireman duties and that leaves .. well, heck.
John Gant is positioned well to be a long reliever. Ryan Sherriff is going to get a chance to win a job a the third lefty, should the Cardinals really want to free up Lyons for use whenever is best. I think Rowan Wick as a power arm fits into that eighth spot if the Cardinals are looking for a holder as Reyes recovers, and then Wick's role is definitely what he makes of it.
Gregerson was offered the chance to win the closers job, yes. So that's part of it. And, to be frank, when the Cardinals had their first comments about Gregerson's signing they did advertise him as a possible closer and said that he had the experience in the ninth that they felt appealing. That was something they said at the time. Reed obviously got a better offer from the Twins -- situation, length, money, something -- so that tells you that the Cardinals were not in play at that level, and their reluctance, as outlined earlier, appears to be rooted in his workload.
They haven't said they are saving money for next year's free agent market. That has not been something the Cardinals have stated or even indicated. So I'm not sure why you suggest they are.
That doesn't seem to move the needle with the Cardinals, no. That is clear now.
Jordan Schafer is still with the team, and he's an NRI to major-league camp, where he will try again to pull of the two-way contribution. I should have mentioned him in the list of bullpen jumble below. Good call. Wick's days as an outfielder are behind him. He joked this weekend about how few times he's swung a bat and how the previous two times he did he hit into a double play and struck out.
Entirely possible. This team has a wider spectrum of outcomes than any I can remember in recent years because it could range from a team with a losing record to a first-place team if every single thing that they are counting on comes through better than they are counting on it. It's got a wide delta, as they say.
It seems rooted in the fact that they see him as a closer who got a lot of saves, not as a closer who has the stuff to get a lot more saves. Like I said, some of the appeal of Colome -- when sources first mentioned him to me -- was the control years and the possibility that he wasn't locked into the closers role and could serve in the seventh, eighth, and still fit that structure.