Not at this point. His health is an unknown for other teams, too.
Alex Reyes is the sleeper candidate to emerge as closer. He's not mentioned often in the answers from the team, but he's in play here. They don't want to load up high expectations on him again, they don't want to oversell him, they don't want to do anything but let his health and his performance arrive without the pressure and then see where it takes him. There is a quiet, protective pilot light of optimism around the righthander that has the Cardinals ready to see him shine as a reliever in high-leverage spots.
Stephen Piscotty. That was a surprise. Didn't expect to see him.
Market size and luck in the draw.
How would you sell this to the fan base of the team not eligible for the postseason? Why would fans show up for a team that isn't going anywhere on the historically biggest stage of the baseball season? Is advancement back to the top tier enough? I'm skeptical that would work, and I think it would lead to an Expos-like situation over and over and over again, until the league has to shrink as a result. I think relegation is a great idea, and it works well in soccer, for sure, because it's been there historically. Introducing it to a sport that isn't familiar with it -- yikes. I worry how fans would respond.
Yes. In so, so, so, so many ways. It's part of the landscape that concerns me, troubles me, and makes me feel somewhat lost. We've had an example of that in St. Louis, and the response was that I'm old and need to get with the times. Huh? I'm pretty sure that plagiarism is plagiarism and it's not related to age or era. I won't go too far off on this tangent except to say that one of my biggest concerns is on full display at this time of year: Media literacy is so valuable for readers, for consumers, for chatters, for anyone who is looking to digest content -- but it's also important for the media. The media first and foremost should have media literacy (standards and practices) because otherwise, as a whole, we'll erode the trust of our readers.
(Aside: I do enjoy The Dollop podcast.)
That is what they're talking about. Packaging from depth to acquire certainty.
Increasingly it appears the Cardinals have interest in adding to their pitching depth from outside the organization, and that would be to provide innings for the rotation and an option for late innings. That is where their eyes are at this point. As several people have told me, it would be a surprise if the Cardinals did not add some pitching of some type this offseason.
I disagree. But I appreciate that you took the time to share this opinion.
Not much at all, really. It's another way to get a talent in the draft and make up for the picks the Astros took/received a few years ago.
That's not going to do much for Cleveland.
Entirely possible that the chat would have a different tone, and also that Joe Maddon wouldn't have been in St. Louis this past weekend for the Pujols Family Foundation's annual Christmas party. Somewhere in the multiverse there's a reality where Pujols never left the Cardinals.
It was, yes. That is noteworthy. The Cardinals didn't get a Renfroe. Imagine if they had him around. This outfield question would be different, no?
We're seeing an uptick in spending for sure. Wheeler and Lyles stand out as examples of that, to me. Especially Lyles.
I would not rule out that conversation. The Rockies would want more in return, for sure, as you say. There are the makings of a conversation, not a deal.
No. I'm just not sure what there is to say. Cole is going to get a lot of money, and the Cardinals haven't been involved. If Boston moves Betts -- and that's a big, big if -- they're going to want the galaxy in return, and the Cardinals either don't have that to offer or aren't real eager to part with Hudson, Flaherty, or Carlson in that deal.
We were just told there will be a club announcement by one of the 30 teams at 2,30 p.m. So exciting.
Because they still kindle hope of also generating runs, I guess. They may have that approach thrust upon them. Another reason why is because you cannot have an outfield of below replacement production. Two of those positions are offense-oriented positions, and if they go defense only then you're talking about getting that offense from somewhere else -- second base? Shortstop? Double from first base? The math gets harder and harder to pull off if you just go glove glove glove in the outfield and don't get much run creation.