Footprint of the ballpark. Style of play preferred. A team that wants to give its pitchers a fighting chance -- or more of a fighting chance -- will have foul ground where fielders can catch popups.
They didn't commit the years and the money and the a no-trade clause and all of those things to bail on a deal or move on from a player only a few months in. First, that would set a bad precedent and good luck wooing free agents if you get a reputation for Flip This Contract. Second, they kind of need him. He's kind of exactly what they need if they're going to contend.
Thanks. The readership has been strong. And there are still scores of questions left, though I'm sitting at the airport here still and really do need to get going.
All of the above plus a change in health. I have a sneaky sense that this is the kind of player Gyorko would be at about 20 different teams. One of those 20 is not the San Diego Padres. There was probably mutual fatigue setting in there -- with message, with production, with fit, with whatever. The Padres, according to a few folks I've talked to, saw a lot of what Gyorko wasn't and never what he was.
Wait, that doesn't familiar doesn't it?
Essentially, the Padres Twitter'd Gyorko. They saw his faults. Only his faults.
He's signed through 2020.
This was likely a bullet fired into the sky from a distance away. Short of putting a roof or a force field above the ballpark, I'm not sure the ballpark is the problem here. The understanding that what goes up must come down applies to bullets too is the bigger issue. That's the one the police have already been stressing for years here in St. Louis -- and elsewhere -- and the Cardinals could augment that point by championing the same cause. A bullet shot recklessly into the air always has the possibility of returning violently to Earth.
I also take the questions when they insult me. Just haven't had many of those today. Give me a moment and I'll check Twitter. There will be plenty of insults there, no doubt.
Depends on available innings. If there's a need then at that moment. If there's not, then after the halfway point. Keep in mind that the Cardinals see Class AA as on the verge of the majors and that there is also a value of Flaherty seeing those teams over and over and over again in the intimate Texas League.
3B or 2B seems more likely. But if there's room or need, perhaps.
Maybe 82 percent. Four out of five.
Once he get three years of service time in the majors. He's inching toward two years now.
That's not really how the clock works. The clock doesn't start and then never stop. Sierra's clock stops when he returns to the minors. So, say he's here for a week. His clock is seven, eight days of service time. Then he goes back to the minors and his "clock" awaits his return to the majors to begin again. The Cardinals have already optioned him out once this season -- he had to be optioned out of major-league camp because he was on the 40-man roster -- and so that covers the year. It's option years, remember, not just individual options. So, theoretically, Sierra could spend this week in the majors return to High-A and never see the majors again until 2019 and he would still have the same amount of service time and be in his final option year. He'd be no closer to arbitration or free agency then he was last week, in reality.
If this chat does anything today, perhaps it's to clear up some of the assumptions and perceptions made about the 40-man roster. Why Sierra is on it (Rule 5) and Bader is not (recently drafted), why the "clock" is overwrought as an issue for all but the most elite of elite players, and how options work and why a player can have only three options and yet be promoted and optioned out five times in a season.
Seems like a good place and time to stop. We began with questions about the 40-man and we end with a question about it, and hopefully each one revealed another corner of the intricacies of these roster moves -- and helped explain, yes, that sometimes the business makes the choice not just production, not just who is better or who is younger or who has more upside or who is hitting or pitching better right this very moment or even who has more curb-side appeal or is a household name. Roster rules matter. Roster rules are the compass that allow all of us to understand more of what's ahead. Heck, roster rules are why when Martinez was injured I checked the High-A box score to see if they removed Sierra from the game -- and sure enough they did. He was the most likely option, so I checked. This has been a lively chat, and that credit goes to you. Well done. It's good to be back in St. Louis. That also means you're lucky enough to have Hummel at the helm for coverage in the coming days. Enjoy. We'll chat next week, after the Cubs leave town and just as the Boston Red Sox arrive. It's Cursed Week at the ballpark. Double, double, toil and trouble.