Yes, yes, he would for a team like the Cardinals. Creative thinking, Alex. That's what the Cardinals are going to have to do as well.
They are no longer restricted. They have money still to spend on this signing period, and they have players who will yet agree to deals in the coming months. There is a showcase for international talent this week here in Arizona. So that market is always moving.
Depends on who you ask -- and what their motivation is at this point. You're not going to hear too much advertising of Carlson for the opening day lineup from the Cardinals. Not now. There are a few reasons for this, but chiefly it's so that if he does not make the opening day lineup it's not viewed as some kind of setback or failure on his part. The Cardinals don't want to present it as a given, or that it's a certainty. It's not. A strong spring alone won't win the job. A stronger spring than the other candidates will. That said, internally, the Cardinals believe that at some point in 2020 Carlson will be one of their three best options as an everyday outfielder. How they get him there will be what we watch.
Say it with me now: Max Scherzer.
Yes. Or fortifying a strength. Both are possible.
Montero, Seijas, and Woodford are the most likely.
At this point, it makes the most sense for that cleanup hitter to play a corner outfield spot. That's where the Cardinals have the biggest opening, what with Ozuna a free agent.
He didn't say anything about the budget being fifth. DeWitt claimed that the payroll was around sixth in baseball and the local revenue was 11th. The profits come from that revenue. So, yes, the less the spend, the more they'll make. If you had a chance to ask this question of him, he would suggest they do and that his description of payroll outstripping revenue is an example of that. You'd get the same answer.
I will never understand the "stick to sports" crowd, because often times they are making that statement and they're not in sports, so they're commenting on something outside of their profession as well. Also, I have a Poli Sci degree from Mizzoui. So my parents would like to see me put that to use every so often.
None that I see at this point. Oh wait! There is one, yes. If the offseason drags on and the Cardinals find themselves in last-minute need of a starter, and he's available, a reunion will be discussed.
We should get clarity on that this week. The three-batter rule is in play for 2020. MLB can impose that. A split of the 26-man roster -- 13 pitchers, 13 hitters -- is in play as a possible mandate. So we'll see there. Some tweaks to the replay system and a rewrite on that rule about the runner down the first base line. There's going to be some discussion on all of that.
I think that's their plan, yes.
Prospect fatigue. It's real. And it's not always right.
They have a meeting set with his agent for later this week. His agent arrived about an hour ago here at the meetings. They'll talk tomorrow or Wednesday most likely.
None of them are printable in a family chat.
They've spent every offseason since 2014 searching for that hitter. They do put a priority on it. They think they have him in Goldschmidt. They hoped that Ozuna would be that hitter. They thought there was a chance that Heyward could blossom in his prime to being an excellent No. 2 hitter. And on and on and on. Their actions say they do indeed see the need for one, and have continued to chase that need.
Mozeliak has shied away from in-division trades because of the cost and the idea of looking at the former player for years to come, long after the acquired player is gone. I don't discount Marte so quickly though. The Cardinals can see a fit when it's obvious -- we all can, right? -- and there's got to be some point where a conversation can be hatched. At least, that's my operating theory here as we go into the winter and as the GM meetings start and I'm pulling threads on what's going to be less linear winter for the Cardinals than we've had in recent years.
There is reason to believe that DeJong and Goldschmidt will see improvements. There's ample reason to believe that Ozuna is poised for a monster year wherever he goes. Carpenter is less certain because there has to be a discussion on the reason for his decline this year. More information is needed. The swing? Something physical? How he was pitched? He's got to adjust because there isn't evidence that sheer bad luck led to the decline.