They did. They said they got a possible answer for their closing role. Girsch said that.
Pretty much. Now they see it as a surplus from which they can make a trade for upgrade, if needed.
Cost. Value. Control. Preference. These are the words that explain why.
The Cardinals say their goal is to win the division. It's a fair question on whether they narrowed the gap on the Cubs this season. It's a question that was asked of Matt Carpenter today, and it was one I asked of John Mozeliak -- where he felt the Cardinals were in the division, second or third, perhaps? I'm not sure what the Yankees' motivation would be to move Robertson at this point. But, sure, OK. If the Yankees are awful at midseason -- they won't be -- and they're looking to move a reliever -- can't see that being likely -- then Robertson would fit into that classic late-July add to the bullpen -- but I have to imagine there would be other options. Toronto would be a place to shop and a more likely seller.
Considering some of the rants I get shouted at me, this is levelheaded and has a lot of fair points.
They expect Wainwright to be a prominent contributor to this year's rotation. They're paying him nearly $20 million this year, and while they don't equate his production to wins -- because, you know, wins being a relatively poor way to judge the performance of a pitcher -- they do see him as being in the rotation and earning more than 25 starts and contributing that 175-180 or more innings and cranking out the quality starts.
Seriously. Is Kyle Lohse considered a dumpster-dive in this situation? I am not fond of the phrase, honestly, because it seems so ... cliche at this point. Oh well. Hellickson. Cashner. Those starters are still out there and still have value and would be a fit for some team that wants to stitch up the rotation and add some innings. Take a scan through Cashner's numbers, and you'll see a lot of teams that could benefit from having him in the rotation, especially on a short-term deal.
At last check, it's lower. And last year the Cardinals slipped in the overall rankings.
I don't think the Cardinals traded Sandy Alcantara to curry favor with the fanbase on Twitter for one news cycle. That would be a poor business model, and in my experience that's not how teams operate. Just my 2 cents.
Cardinals finished in third place in 2017.
Yes. They get to the Pirates and they are a worse team now. But, the Reds could be improved, and the Cardinals had problems with them last season, so it's not like they suddenly get to feast on tankers.
Pham should bat second. Someone else leadoff. I get the idea behind Ozuna batting third and wouldn't be shocked if that happens. In this scenario, let's go Carpenter-Pham-Ozuna-Fowler to break up the righthanded bats and also see what Fowler can do in cleanup. That maximizes OBP and thump while also getting the three best hitters the most plate appearances on average. That's not a bad way to think about lineup construction.
Perhaps. But that's a tough sell to a free-agent who wants to keep his value as a starter.
Rebuild does not seem to be a plan they have explored. Trading aging players is tricky when most of them have no-trade clauses in place.
Rebuilding by keeping talent like him, I bet.
It's not the best defensive infield the Cardinals could field.
That's one idea that the Cardinals have discussed internally. We're all eager to see how that plays out, and Mike Maddux told me that it really takes getting into games to find out. He means spring games, but that's all dress rehearsal for what we'll see in April once they've had a month of games to get a feel for each other, to gain confidence in each other, and to get that decision tree they talk about standing.
They had a quick peak and then, like the market itself, meandered toward spring training.