Baseball owners are business people.
No. To the "elbow," according to officials.
I have heard from scouts internally and outside the Cardinals organization on this. Bader is viewed as an elite center fielder. Thomas is viewed as an above-average center fielder. The gap may be narrower than the adjectives imply. Bader has great speed and uses it to great advantage when tracking down the fly balls. Thomas has good jumps, and that helps him reach balls while not having that same burner speed of Bader. Bader has a strong arm, probably the best of the group left on the roster now that Garcia has been traded. Thomas has a true arm. He'll handle the position well. Thomas is considered the second best center fielder in the organization to Bader.
Todd Wellemyer seems to be doing OK.
My grandfather would be pitching. I'd like to see that again, if it's allowed. That would mean a lot. Maybe they'd let me play an inning at third, just to his right.
Lots of reports linking the Mets to Marte and then saying the Mets had cooled to Marte and then that they were still interested in Marte. The Cardinals have only entered this mix haltingly because they have been reluctant to make such moves within the division. One reason is because they wouldn't want to look at Knizner against them for the next six years while Marte and Molina have moved on and left them wondering. It's honestly a little bit more of an emotional reason than you usually get from the Cardinals.
Not before Dale Murphy or Larry Walker. And I've given this a lot of thought. But I could see how I would vote for Mattingly if there was room on the ballot, but I wouldn't bump some of the deserving players there off to make room. It's difficult for me to write that. I like to think that he was the first player who gave me an idea what a Hall of Famer was and did, like Mantle did for my father or Musial did for my grandfather, but Mattingly's career comes shy.
The Cardinals haven't had any traction in trade talks that include Martinez.
I don't see how these things are related at all. If the Cardinals have a crack at Arenado -- and there's been no evidence that they have any traction whatsoever in talks -- then why would they continue to talk with Ozuna? They'd make the move for the player they want more, and move on from the other one. I think you believe the Cardinals are more actively pursuing Ozuna than they are at this point.
I need to know who these three are. Depends on who you ask. They continue to look into possible trades at this point. Dickerson at some point will be more of an option, it seems.
I get what you're saying. The wear and tear on playing the outfield definitely depends on who you ask. It wasn't too long ago that the Cardinals had Allen Craig and Lance Berkman on the same team. If I remember this correctly, Berkman said that playing first base was more physically taxing than playing the outfield, and Craig said the exact opposite. So, it's a matter of opinion. I think we've both seen left fielders who seem to play a physically demanding style out there, and others who, um, well, don't.
This has increasingly been the Cardinals' stance.
One way to avoid that is to finally have players on base ahead of him. That's another way to protect him -- don't give the opponent anywhere to put him. Last year that did not happen enough, and that was the root of how often Goldschmidt was behind in the count, how few fastballs he saw, and so on. Get more runners on base ahead of him and he's already bound to have a better season. It's preemptive protection.
I appreciate the thought that went into this explanation and think it does a great job outlining how a team looks at moving players and acquiring players. Well done.
It's just cash. It is not international spending money, no. That would go into that purse specifically. This is just cash. Sometimes the cash is as little as $1, sometimes it's $10,000. It's cash that goes to the other team.
As of right now, a Flaherty extension -- before he even hits arbitration -- would look something like the deal that Leake got as a free agent, well north of what Carlos Martinez got in the same spot of his career. That seems to be the market rate, or at least you could see how it would line up. Flaherty does not seem eager to go in that direction at this point or to hand over any of his free agent years for that matter. He was pretty steadfast in his view last spring, and went so far as to reject the Cardinals offer and take $10,000 penalty to be renewed. A wild card in this is going to be a new CBA. It's coming. And there will be some push to have younger players make more earlier in their career to line up with their production. That's the way the game has gone, and that's the way the union would like to argue the spending should go too. We'll see. Flaherty and the Cardinals would have to factor the unknown into any offer at this point.
I cannot see that making the trade happen, but I appreciate that it's closer than most offers in here because it at least gives the Rockies the control, the cost-control, and the beginning of the talent they'd be chasing.
And now all of that pent-up frustration that used to have a valve for release is targeted at balls and strikes. Imagine what will happen when managers cannot even argue those anymore. Where is the steam going to go? Dugout feuds? Brawls between teams? It's not going to vanish. The competitive furnace still burns, so it's just going to be redirected somewhere else, and it may not be good.