I did get that sense in spring training yes. That was even the plan discussed with Gyorko, and Gyorko brought up the Z-position when I spoke to him about moving around and what he had to do to remain sharp at a variety of positions. The Cardinals, however, were open to the idea that eventually, at some point this season, even in the first half of the season, he would wrestle third base away from Peralta with his production and be the starter around the All-Star break there. It happened sooner than expected.
Not the Commish, but I can answer the question: Yes. DeWitt III is involved in all of that, and the players do know what his wishes are when it comes to the uniform. They were talking recently about even the color of the shoes that the organization wants them to wear, and one players was coloring his shoes so that he fit.
Sure. Fewer off days mean fewer off day stories, and we have had already had a slew of those. (190 inches in a recent Sunday paper --- and not a pitch was thrown Saturday. #baseballtown) The Cardinals are going to have to set up their pitching and pitching depth to endure. That's a survive stretch, nor a thrive stretch. That means Weaver, Gonzales, and Gant could get tested and need to provide. A path will be worn on I-55 by pitchers.
I have not, no. Not when asked.
Alex Reyes exists. He will need a spot, no? Maybe May, at the latest. Rosenthal can be an elite closer. Closers make bank. Seems like that's the best fit that satisfies all.
First base. That's his best fit.
The Cubs need a pitcher to provide innings. They need someone to join the rotation and crank out quality starts. They need that to preserve the bullpen, to keep it steady for when they have a lead and need to hold it for four innings. What they need is a Jeff Suppan, c. 2006. Or, they need a Mike Leake. Mike Leake is the edge the Cardinals have -- until the Cubs can find one via trade, if there is one to find. Fister would have to be a lottery ticket to be what they need.
You're not missing anything really, it's just that this "clock" is the most overrated notion in baseball. I'm not sure what to make of the urban legend its become. It's an issue for a player like Kris Bryant. That's about it. So, an elite prospect rising swiftly to the ranks who is going to get to the majors and stay, then the clock matters, especially when a few weeks buys a team an extra year before free agency. But otherwise ... don't get distracted by the "clock." Here are three reasons:
-- It's rare that it becomes a factor because the players bounces up and down (i.e., Gonzales and all the "clock" questions I got back him back in 2014).
-- If it becomes a factor then team can always try to get an extension (i.e., Stephen Piscotty).
-- If an extension isn't a factor and the "clock" still has you worried about the onrushing cost of arbitration or free agency then ... celebrate the elite player your team has and enjoy the MVP ride. (i.e., Bryant)
Sierra is going to get a few days, maybe a week on his service time. That isn't going to put him any closer to free agency than he already was, and it isn't going to be enough to even reach Super-2 status with arbitration unless he spends the final three months or so in the majors.
A quick break, then back. Fill the hopper.
Spahn, Sain, Pray for Rain.
Probably not. Best catch of the year by a Cardinals' fielder. Best defensive play, really. And he made it look routine.
Today, it's Luke Weaver. Two weeks, it could be Marco Gonzales. A month, John Gant. They're building needed depth there.
That's a third of the leagues! Goodness. Let's give this a shot:
those are the standouts
... and then ...
That's a solid 10.
There isn't a seven-day DL unless he has a concussion, which Fowler does not.
Me neither. Not with the Reds in first place.
Yes, that is definitely a consideration the team intends to make, and it further complicates the June grind coming on the horizon leading into the All-Star break.
Two days. Or 1 1/2 if really pressed.
After spending so much of last season wondering why Aledmys Diaz wasn't there or wondering when Matt Carpenter would be there, I'm going to stick with those stances. They are the best complete hitters in the lineup. One of them should be bat second.