No one is calling Kolten Wong Rogers Hornsby. C'mon.
Well said. And they are. And it's about time.
Part of the next round of negotiations for the CBA. It's taken a back seat to bigger issues, obviously, but it's a card for both sides to play and get concessions elsewhere.
I cannot. I cannot connect those dots -- not given things he had said in the past, how close he came to being DFA'd before that, and the general reaction to his comments around the clubhouse. It was a shoulder shrug. Others may have a different opinion.
I'm saying we do that because the Cardinals play in the National League Central. To get to the playoffs they need to win the National League Central. It's not some conspiracy designed to have the Cardinals settle for being good in the division, or some cockamamie rigging of the system so that they compare well. It's proximity. Period. I've been very clear that the Cardinals should be held to the standards they've set for themselves. They want to be they Yankees of the NL? Great. You've got some World Series championships to catch up on and close gap. Do it.
Hasn't really been a player KC seems eager to trade. Not with that contract. Not with their current situation of rebuilding. Trust me, it isn't for lack of interest for other teams.
Reds. Houston. Those are the team names that I heard connected to him at the GM meetings, but I haven't been able to confirm from both sides. So it could be speculation at this point, and it's up to me to point that out.
Get a starting pitcher that would be better than a conservative estimate about what Carlos Martinez could do in that role. And go from there.
Is intriguing, yes. He has not been mentioned by name. But a group of pitchers that would include him was mentioned as where the Cardinals could shop as the dust starts to settle this winter. Good pitchers are available at all price points this year.
Class AA is the current idea. Thompson High-A, but could force his way to Class AA. Heard some strong scouting reports on Thompson, the lefty the Cardinals took first in June, and there's starting to be a notion he could be pushed aggressively, and that the major-league staff will get a look at him in spring training at some point. Not saying he'd be an NRI, but he'd be around at some point for them to see in games later in spring.
Paul Goldschmidt for several years to go. Carlson can be a No. 2 hitter on a contending team. That was the sentence I offered. Mercado had a .318 OBP this past season, and is projected for a rise into the .320s. Maybe he profiles as a No. 8 hitter who can go and steal a few bases. Not sure you want that OBP at leadoff, not for a contender.
Thank you. I don't expect agreement. That would be foolish. What I do hope is that if you disagree, at least I can offer some information that helps you make a better argument.
It will depend on their roster. The breakdown is expected to be 13 pitchers, 13 position players, and that would free up the Cardinals to have Edman, a backup catcher, a PH specialist (Ravelo?), Martinez, and a backup shortstop. One of the reasons why the Cardinals have kept Ravelo on the 40-man roster so far this winter is that 26th spot on the roster.
Just covered moments ago. Promise.
Fair. I've told the story before that there was this long, pointed email that I received once that said in the chat I come across as a "know it all." I didn't know how to respond, given the fact that you come to the chat for information, to test what I know, and I do get to pick the questions that I have an answer for. It seems like the chat is just that -- a weekly test of what I know and how I can convey it to readers. Oh well. Cannot please everyone. That much I do know.
Resign? He could be dismissed, barred, suspended. Resign is not the verb that comes to mind. Look, what has been alleged is serious. MLB is taking it as such, and the Astros are not thrilled. The commissioner has broad, muscular power when it comes to leveling a punishment.
We can agree to disagree. I'll take the higher OBP and like my chances.