Kind of. The Mets want a center fielder. The Cardinals have 43 or so.
No kidding. However, how do you explain the difference before the first pitch, when the scoreboard is tied and the series uncertain?
Something to watch with Gallegos, for sure. Gant has been a starter for a long time, and this past year was a good test of his day-to-day stamina. Bet he comes back readier for it, aware of it, and stronger as a result. Gallegos just went through the grind for the first time. There's usually a correction of some type. How he adjusts will determine a lot about how he performs.
That is a given. Well said. He's an elite fielder. Of course, how well he catches the ball doesn't really matter if he's on the bench for the majority of games. It's an elite skill that when coupled with a contributing bats makes him a remarkable player. But it's an elite skill that softens in value when he's coming off the bench for an inning or two every so often and could go weeks without needing that elite skill.
He's targeted for Springfield. That's the plan, to start.
For Major League Baseball, sure. It seems clunky. Not as T-shirt ready as Let the Kids Play or We Play Loud. You might want to focus-group that a bit, tighten it up, before selling it to the league. But the sentiment fits all the teams, for sure.
It appears they cannot. After all, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know how much talent Dahl has, if he can stay healthy.
Interesting theory. I went to game once at Dodger Stadium where there was all kinds of towel-waving, like famous towel-waving, and I don't remember that it was quiet. Quite the opposite. It think people can wave towels and cheer at the same time, no?
I like the way you worked through this. There's probably a mix of Eaton and Sale in there, too. You're right, the Sox are going to want to moon, and what the Sox have as their leverage is a few satellite outfielders they could trade to reduce payroll instead. They could make other moves. They're trying to cut cost, not necessarily that one cost. So they need to be wowed for Betts, and they can settle for making another trade. It gives them a larger edge than maybe it appears. The Cardinals have been in contact with all of the teams that have outfielders possibly on the market -- Seattle, Red Sox, likely Baltimore, though I don't know for sure, Colorado, and a I'm certain others -- because that's how they spend their days. At last check, they have found the prices like the other teams have -- high. As you'd expect. And as you should expect all winter when it comes to Betts.
I don't see that at all. Switch hitter who has made OBP his game, and a lefthanded hitter who has emerged as an OPS threat. I could see Carpenter cranking out 35-40 doubles, and I'm not sure that's Fowler's game. Both are definitely OBP candidates and they work the count, so maybe that's what you mean.
They will try to avoid that, yes.
That, at the least, has been discussed. There appears to be a more robust market for him than the Cardinals are going to pursue -- in part because what role would they offer him that would satisfy when he can be a starter elsewhere? He's not replacing DeJong or Wong for the Cardinals, and that's where he'll make his bank as a starting middle infielder.
The middle of the order is open for rearrangement. That's largely because the Cardinals don't have a surefire cleanup hitter at the moment. That said, it's more likely that Goldschmidt moves up in the order than down because they'll want to maximize his plate appearances, not take from them.
What happened to the dinosaurs?
You answered your own question. Who said it was an open competition? The 40-man roster is real, and it will be part of the discussion. Happens every year, all year, at 30 different camps around baseball.
They'd return to talks about Ray, but the Diamondbacks are asking for a lot in return, and that's been a price the Cardinals haven't been ready to meet.
Expect to see that in March, yes. As a test-drive.
This has been discussed in detail throughout the chat. Arozarena has hit at every level. He has. He's been an offensive engine with speed at every level, and he has the appealing eye for getting on base that a lot of scouts look for, and it's one of the big reasons why we've been talking about him in the chat and in print for several years. That said, there are some questions he has to answer for that same success at the big league level. The ball was lively at Class AAA. That's a factor. He's going to see more quality strikes in the majors. That's a factor. He's going be tested by the speed of the game and the improved fielders. That is a factor. He's got ability. He's got talent. But he's got to prove it at the next level, just as Bader had to and just as Carlson will have to.
They've given him guidance for the winter, yes.