There is not guarantee his number would be, no. That's something that the Cardinals have to explore codifying.
OK. I'll stick with the poll, as is.
Yes. It's one of the reasons why they kept Ravelo on the 40-man roster.
Only that has appeared already in the chat and also in the newspaper. If there's anything to add, I'll be sure to pass it along ASAP. As you can imagine, most of my time here this morning has been answering questions in the chat, not asking them. That said, there is far more action on Bumgarner in this chat than there is out there in the Cardinals' world. There's no indication it's accelerated for them at all. At all.
And, yet, that's what they looked like for a stretch in July. It's not an imposing lineup at the moment. So maybe the Cardinals' strength isn't scoring runs.
You answered your own question. Carlos Martinez is the "likely" No. 5. They have an opening for a certain No. 5. Certainty has an appeal, no?
Sure. They could. Not sure why Arizona would entertain that.
Of those two? I'll go with Cabrera. Wouldn't be shocked at all if Helsley is the closer coming out of spring training, if Martinez is in the rotation.
Because the deal would be so short that he'd be a free agent again in a few years? I could see that. Would be interesting if Bumgarner took a deal that short.
Sure seems like I've written a lot about it in the chat, and it was certainly asked about as the story unfolded there in Phoenix. The timeline doesn't connect exactly, so that's part of the reason. At the moment, it's the 2017 team that is being accused of actions, and the 2019 team that has the accusations of the whistling, etc. The 2018 Astros had the odd event with the photos being taken of the opposing teams dugout, and that didn't seem to involve the hitting coaches. In 2017, Albert was in the minors for the Astros. In 2019, he obviously was in St. Louis. I get the interest. I understand the need to ask questions -- and have. But the dots haven't connected, as explored previously in the chat.
Nothing official. That's likely to come this afternoon here in San Diego. It's not a surprise that the general sense is he'll wear a Cardinals cap, but there's been nothing said officially.
Good for the Padres. Good for Tommy Pham. That team is gearing up to be a contender in the coming year, and that's a great place for Pham to be. Also, he'll get spring training in Arizona, be closer to his home in Las Vegas, and have Skip Schumaker as one of the coaches. Win-win-win for a player who put a lot of time and work in the minors to get his health, show off his talent, and now gets to be a part of another team with a chance to win.
Either is possible. Cardinals have really not got much interest in Martinez, not at a return they'd be willing to accept, not in their past or recent attempts to explore trades for him. That has a lot to do with his health. So spring training could change how teams see him. It's more likely at this point then that he's going into the bullpen.
Every. Team. Does. Every. Team. Does. It used to be that 29 teams did, and then you had Boston. But with the changes there we can safely say that Every Team adores its prospects. That's been of the biggest changes in baseball over the past 10, 15 years, and it's a contributing factor for the chill that has gripped the markets in recent years and changed the trade deadline for the worse. Every Team doesn't want to part with the unknown of the future for the cost of certainty in the present because darn it's just so fun to dream about players that haven't failed yet and could be real productive value players before they hit the big salaries.
There has been no indication that he would, and I don't think that would make much sense for him to do so. That's leaving a lot of money on the table. A lot.
I have been told that won't be a consideration and it won't be part of the discussion because the Cardinals haven't pursued that. The Cardinals have been steadfast in not chasing or pushing on this topic with the commissioner.
Scary? No. They're several moves away from scary. But they'll be good. They're going to be a factor in the division, and a move here or a move there and it wouldn't be unrealistic to position them as the favorite in the division. Not scary. Not 100-win scary. But good.
That hasn't been mentioned as the team even with all of the outfield talk.
More and more. We're seeing a game that used to be evaluated by analytics now being played according to analytics. Period.