The team and the player have met with the arbiter. Stated their case. Now await the decision. It will determine if Bryant has another year with the Cubs, or if he's on the verge of free agency. That could determine whether the Cubs trade him or not. So, yes, the potential is there for a big shift in the NL Central, but I'd caution against thinking it will be a huge quake in the division. I am eager to see what it means for the massaging of service time by teams though in the future.
I'll stick with the notion that Dylan Carlson is a No. 2 hitter for a contending team.
There has been in the past. No sense anything is cooking at the moment with him. I've asked around recently about it, and just got response.
Thanks for saying so. You probably understand then how I feel about the comments made by the Colorado GM and why I felt it was important to push back, privately and also publicly.
This is the stance the Cardinals have adopted, recognizing the criticism they'll receive.
Entirely possible. Wouldn't be a shock at all, not for this division.
Agreed. And he's been discussed by the Cardinals.
Nah, it's business. That can happen in one silo and over in the other silo they can have discussions on Cole. I don't see much overlap there. Players and agents are pretty pragmatic when it comes to production. They know what a player risks when he doesn't perform.
Jack Flaherty will be eligible for arbitration a year from now, after the 2020 season. The Cardinals would love to work out an extension with him that offers the righthander security and gives them a possible rebate on arbitration hearings. They would run to complete that deal. Don't expect Flaherty to accept a discount, though. He knows his worth. He's shown that by his actions -- rejecting the Cardinals offer this past spring, and setting the stage for possibly doing it again this spring.
Don't forget paying Mike Leake to pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
That's part of the plan. That's the Cardinals' big bet at this point. They aren't, however, looking at Ozuna's home runs and RBIs as the numbers they have to recreate. They're looking at rates and run creation. They think they can do that from within.
Yes. Which is weird because he wasn't a free agent. And no, he's in the American League.
You're welcome. I did not expect it to be the topic du jour, but my colleague Ben Frederickson, who is cracking away on a blog right now, tells me I should have seen it coming.
Keep score. That's the best I can tell you. It won't take long for you to notice who is trafficking in rumor and not facing any repercussions if they're wrong, and the reporters who must report and confirm and are accountable if they're wrong. It's harder than ever thanks to Twitter and other social media outlets, and I get that. But, I bet it won't take long at all to determine who is accountable for their reports and who is belching out rumors and guesses in hopes of claiming a scoop if it actually happens.
They signed him to play, so keep that in mind. And we do know that a contract gets a player first dibs on playing time. That's always been true. If Brett Cecil didn't have the contract he has, Brett Cecil wouldn't have a jersey waiting for him in Jupiter, Fla. They like having a switch hitter in the outfield because otherwise, as of now, it's truly righthanded, too much so. So, these are the reasons they've committed to Fowler.
My view of this was how Simmons was always compared to his contemporary, Bench, and no one was going to win that comparison. It's the same as Raines being compared to Henderson, Trammell being compared to Ripken, or more recently Edmonds sharing the same ballot with Griffey. It's possible to be second best to one of the best ever and still be a Hall of Famer. I'll never understand why that seemed to hold Simmons back, especially when being second best in an era to the best ever is pretty darn elite.