I don't fault fans for being overly concerned. The team had a chance to bring in some certainty with its assets (players, cash) and has made some moves. They had a feverish 10 days in December, for example. But fans can see the arms still available and can see the openings still on the roster and the questions still on the pitching staff and do the math. They don't need a chat to see that.
I don't see the appeal at all from either team's perspective. Sorry.
While you are overdramatizing a bit, for effect, I imagine, the Cardinals concern about the workload of some of the free-agent righthanders out there should be turned inward, too, with the workload that he has had in particular. Bowman should enter spring with a yellow flag because of all the Cardinals have asked of him in recent years, like Siegrist in the previous years.
That continues to be unlikely. I think it was in a chat during the season when I mentioned that with each passing day the likelihood of Lynn's return shrinks. That hasn't changed. Don't see it veering back in that direction.
Yes. And the year before.
Part of the things that go right for the team is the utilization of its depth. No team starts the year with the same 25 players that it ends the year with, and not team starts the year with the bullpen that it then takes into October. Doesn't happen. What goes right for the good teams is they get contributions from in-house players, always. Look to the recent teams that got 100 wins or got the Cardinals to October, and their bullpens have been shaped by contributions from Martinez, Rosenthal, Siegrist, and go back even further and it was Kinney, Flores, and Motte and Wainwright and others who emerged from the minors to contribute. Tyler Johnson. Some surprises. Some expected. But that counts as going right for the team. So, the Cardinals, in some ways, are counting on things to go right in the same way they always do -- that they will call on the minors and the minors will provide. What stands out here is that they are going to go with numbers here. They can try and then try something else, try and then try something else. This market seemed to offer a few relievers that weren't try, they were given.
Posted for posterity. Some of the fans at Winter Warm-up echoed this view.
I imagine you mean for 2018. Tommy Pham has long been considered one of the finer defensive outfielders in the organization, and most of his experience is in center field. There is a difference between being an elite left fielder and being an average center fielder. They are not the same thing. Some perspective: According to Bill James Online, Dexter Fowler was a minus-37 fielder in center this past season and his minus-18 Defensive Runs Saved ranked 34th among center fielders. Pham was a plus-11 Defensive Runs Saved in left and center combined, with 10 of those coming in LF. He was a plus-2 fielder overall in limited use in center field.
Tony Watson would be one of the remaining options out there that could be a fit. Would make some sense. Ryan Sherriff would also represent a third lefty option for the 25-man roster. The Cardinals willingness to expand Lyons' role and really give him a long go in late-game relief would free up carrying a lefty specialist, though we have seen that role minimized in recent years.
I'm not sure what he would be posturing for. Given the tone of the questions still in the hopper and how many include the word "posturing" it would seem that people want to believe he's posturing to give off the idea that he's posturing. I don't see a benefit of the chairman posturing.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Andrew McCutchen is headed to the Giants, pending physical.
Entirely possible. Hicks is a legit closing prospect. Whether that happens in 2018 or 2019 could depend on opportunity, but it first starts with him getting some additional experience to start the year.
There doesn't appear to be know, given recent comments.
Yes. It will be tailored to make sure he's available in September and so that its backloaded and not cut short should the Cardinals get into the postseason. He's set for a May debut, and he'll arrive at spring training a few weeks behind the other pitchers.
Yes. That's definitely part of it.
I have not read it. That's not for lack of interest. Someone bought me a copy of it a few years ago and suggested that I would like it. I have been revisiting classics -- and tends to hopscotch with my books from fiction to non-fiction and there hasn't been much fantasy mixed in their recently. I'm way overdue to have read Catch-22, but after being urged by a friend I am close to finishing it. What an incredible book. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't read it earlier in life.
If you see that influencing coverage during spring training, you have been warned.
Evan Longoria said that on MLB Network, and that was Longoria's view of the trade situation as presented to him by the Rays or what he was reading. In the wake of the deal, the Cardinals, it appears, were more centered on Archer, and the Rays were more willing to move Longoria. The Cardinals had a fit for the latter and the ability to take on salary, but they're not going to offer up much in terms of prospects to then stomach that whole contract. They would have moved prospects, obviously, to land Archer. Without the teams detailing the tick-tock, that appears to be the most details we've been able to mine from the fallout of the none move.
To your question, about how do they go from that possible move to being settled? Happens all the time. The Cardinals went from not signing Jason Heyward to settled when he chose the Cubs. Remember that pivot? Offer a lot of money to Heyward. He says no. They say, fine, Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk get ready for your closeup. The Cardinals had interest in trading for a starter this winter. They haven't yet. But that doesn't mean they go running to the free-agent market for a starter. The Cardinals go for the player they want, and if they don't get that player doesn't mean they go for the next available at the same position. They haven't worked that way since I've been observing them.
It's a worker's comp issue. He was injured as a member of the Cardinals, so they are responsible.
If his market softens to a point that, as of today, no one expects it to. There is an element here of dragging the Cardinals into the conversation to spur action for the Cubs. Not sure that's going to work, but it makes sense for the agent to try.
That doesn't mean they are getting ready to trade him. That means he would depart via free agency. He would be a fit for every team that doesn't have a Joey Votto. And he would cost more than almost every team would be willing to part with when they can wait and get him with money.