Don't have a certainty, only that he improved, and because he's improved at third has the chance to stay there. Other prospects with the bat at that position stalled at Class AA. They struggled there with the speed of the game. He has done things at third and made strides at third that suggest he'll be able continue to progress at the position at the coming level.
We'll find out. The Cardinals hope that he's one of the lefties in the bullpen. They're prepared for him not to be. They'll welcome his return, not count on it.
Third base. And let the chips fall where production and need takes them.
Tim, I answered your question earlier in the chat, promise. It's appeared here multiple times in the past few minutes, past 20 minutes, and I answered it as soon as I saw it more than an hour or so ago because I felt it was a good question.
There are tons. That's the beauty of this market. Wheeler would fit that description. Bumgarner might, depending on who you ask. I think you could make a good argument that Keuchel does, that Kluber is worth a look, and that even acquiring a Porcello, or some of the other pitchers looking for bounce-back deals would make sense.
Agreed. But haven't heard anything that strongly connects the Cardinals to have interest, not since -- when was it?-- they circled around that possibility a year ago. There are avenues for this conversation, however, given the Cardinals and Mets chats at the deadline about Wheeler, the Mets interest in the Cardinals' outfielder, the possible move of Bader to the Mets, and then the Cardinals outfitting that deal with the centerpiece and the prospects to at least make it a conversation. There are the makings of a conversation. I just haven't heard of any movement, traction, attempt, not that I can verify and report.
Popcorn. The best snack there is.
It's all about not setting the curve, that's correct. With no deadline, there's no reason to make a move because there's always that question that the next offer is coming and it's going to better. Agents and teams both like to use urgency at leverage, and without any real urgency, there's not real leverage. It's not ideal to have these influencing factors: No one wants the set the market, and no one wants to make a move without pressure to do so. That's how we get the cold stare instead of the hot stove.
There's something to that. The game, when measured in 90 feet, makes sense -- what 90 feet did you take, what 90 feet did you keep the other team from taking. That's the fundamental nature of the game, right?
Like I said earlier: Peers respect the Cardinals ability to develop players for the majors, and they see what those players do in the majors. I also think you mean Seattle, but the lefthanded pitcher is from Colorado, for sure.
When it comes to the way Houston treated media at times this past season -- the awful, heinous taunting in the clubhouse and closing the clubhouse to the credentialed writer from Detroit -- my concern is that one team acted unilaterally against the collectively bargained agreement from all 30 teams. Media policies are in the CBA. They're negotiated. When I served as president of the BBWAA, one of my charges was defending, arguing, and assuring that access didn't change in a new CBA. It was a great learning experience, considering I didn't have a seat at the bargaining table. That doesn't change the fact that the policies in place are there for all 30 teams. They are not there for some and not for others. They aren't up for interpretation. And if one team -- this one team -- flaunts how it doesn't have to follow those media policies like the other 29 teams do, then what other collectively bargained policy do they think they're above?
Yes. Spread the word. He's good at what he does.
Right. That's how it would work. Just one example of how they could use it. Another option would be having Munoz there, and he'd be a backup outfielder as well. I wanted to point out how the Cardinals have Ravelo in the mix in part because there's the 26th man.
I don't think that's the reason, no. I think Washington pitched well, and I think this season Goldschmidt was in upside-down counts more than usual, and that constantly put him on the defensive, and part of that was because of what was discussed earlier -- there weren't players on base ahead of him enough to give him those opportunities to be ahead in the count, to have nowhere to go on the bases, and to not find himself in those two-strike traps.
Good question. How does closer by committee warm your heart? Gallegos, Helsley, and Miller would be three of the leading candidates at this point.
Kantrovitz is underrated here in St. Louis. Period. Not sure why. He's a hometown boy. That usually gives you a head start. But, yet, Luhnow gets the credit for several of the drafts that Kantrovitz actually ran. Flores has done well here, too, given the draft picks the Cardinals had to surrender to Luhnow ...