I agree with this sentiment.
Lots of truth in this comment.
I think Keuchel and what he did with the Braves last season -- not just fixated on the one game -- and how that would translate in front of the Cardinals defense -- there's a lot to go on there that should be appealing.
Mediocre. Andrew Miller was harder on it than the team was. He was not thrilled by it and would probably suggest that you don't go far enough by calling it lackluster. He was disappointed by it, especially his lack of consistency.
Dakota Hudson did. In 2019.
Yes. Increasingly so, as it nears theaters. I'm hopeful.
I don't see this as likely, no. There's a sport that already has that defensive and offensive specialist, and that's football. Don't need anything that close to it in baseball.
I'm not sure I understand the question, but if he's healthy there's room for him.
Usually, every team at the winter meetings hosts a media availability in the evening, yes. It's been standard practice for the Cardinals every year I've covered the winter meetings.
Making movies or drawing/writing comics.
He has through the years attended a few. He didn't just show up -- he set up camp in 2011 for obvious reasons. But he's come and gone from the meetings before. Please remember that he's been a part of the Hall of Fame committees and announcements in the past, so that was one of the reasons he would be around.
They have personal services contracts with the Cardinals, yes. Some are more formal than others. The team extends those invitations to the red jackets. But, yes, there are formal arrangements between the team and some players.
There were advocates within the Cardinals executive branch and ownership to pursue Bryce Harper, yes. And one of the reasons was touching on what you disclose: The clear charismatic star player. Now, those same people were thrilled to get Goldschmidt. Different personality. Different style of player. But by many measures better, and a better fit for the team. There are members of the Cardinals baseball group that does see the need for a personality to energize the fan base. They would welcome that being a homegrown player, honestly. On a related note, there is conversation around the Cardinals about how the game-going experience at Busch could also rev up the fan excitement about the team and that the atmosphere there could use a jolt. That has been discussed too because they see what some of the other ballparks are doing to enliven the experience. The Cardinals have to find a way to be traditional -- their brand -- without being staid.
Jim Edmonds has some of the best baseball instincts of anyone in the game. It's why hitters gravitate toward him, why he picks up tells in pitchers, why he knows how to read them, and why coaches and players like talking to him for advance or things he sees.
They're the player at the poker table that is happy to check and see what they can learn about the other players' cards without pushing any more of their chips in. Opportunistic is the word they would choose. Safe would also fit.
They see him as the best power option they have for left fielder.
The Cardinals have very little motivation to trade their middle infielders. Very little. Like negative interest. No reason.
Scott Boras has entered the room for the announcement.
Interesting thought. I see where you're coming from, and it's one of the questions I asked back at the beginning of the winter about whether they got too stale, too much of the same faces and same voices making the same decisions and avoiding the same risks. It's worth noting that the ownership and front office aren't always on the same page. I've given Stanton as an example before of a move that the ownership drove and the front office followed, realizing that it was the pathway to Ozuna or Yelich, even as the front office had some hesitance about possibly acquiring Stanton. Even this past week, I was told there's some debate within the walls of Busch Stadium about how aggressively to pursue a starter in the free-agent market and how long to wait on the word, definitive word, on Carlos Martinez.
I appreciate the distinction you've drawn here. Interest vs. match. At that advertised price, there isn't a match. That's correct. And we do need to clarify interest. Look, the Cardinals are going to talk with almost every team and they're going to get information a wide array of free agents. I try to avoid the reporting that the Cardinals spoke to Scott Boras, because of course they talked to Scott Boras. What they spoke about is the news, right? And only then it's news if they had actual talks about a player, not a conversation that checks with the Cardinals' interest in Player X and ends with the Cardinals saying they don't have interest in Player X. The Cardinals have interest in a pool of pitchers. That pool includes Bumgarner, but only to a certain price. And I would not suggest or report that Bumgarner is even their preference in that pool. He's just one of the pitchers there.
I have been looking and asking around on that subject, and not one has sang out. There is a lot of depth there. And a gem will likely be found.
That's a good point. You could definitely make that argument and it could be an issue -- definitely one to what how it develops.
Absolutely. And that is one of the things that the Cardinals are exploring/stressing at this point, and it's something that we saw Shildt want to employ more often last year, especially as they struggled to generate runs. They want to be a more athletic, more versatile offense, and they want to make the most of the baserunning that they saw improve this past year. One could argue that they generated the runs they did this past year by leading the NL in steals, by moving the runs, by trying to make the most out of the baserunners they did have because of the contact and slugging percentage they did not.