Yes, he has been in the minors long enough that he would have to be protected on the 40.
I was thinking of O'Neill and Voit as more power-hitter types, a la Grichuk. Bader will be the fourth outfielder. I was looking at O'Neill as a fifth, if they kept two extra outfielders or an extra first baseman. Right now, the bench is Kelly, J, Martinez, Garcia, Bader and 'X.'
If Oscar and Jose Fernandez hadn't died, both the Cardinals and Marlins would look entirely different. For one, Ozuna, Stanton and Yelich all might still be with Florida.
To some degree, although neither Piscotty nor Grichuk had a really long leash, especially after Pham had established himself. Grichuk's games of two hits and a walk, however, were rare.
According to the stats I saw, he didn't allow anything in either the championship series or World Series, albeit in scant use. We haven't seen him in a prime-time role in the bullpen for a while and that's what I want to see.
Where would Freese play here? They already have two third basemen. Frazier is of interest but he doesn't make any money so Pirates would want to keep him.
Martinez is almost as much a lock as Rivera for next year's Hall. Candidates usually have a good spike in their last year on the ballot and Martinez is within five percent already. Rolen will stay on the ballot for 10 years but has a long way to go to get from 11 percent to 75. Strange that he did so well and Edmonds was knocked off after one year. They were very similar offensive/defensive talents.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, most of the comments from the chat room are from those not so happy with the status quo. Yours is a welcome minority.
I don't want to wait until the July 31 deadline if I don't like what I see in the spring. The gust can come at any time of the year. But, seriously, there isn't that much out there right now that makes the Cardinals a lot better, no matter if you put a bow on them.
So, to be clear, you're saying it's a poor strategy to look at your young prospects in the spring and see how close they are? Do you want all the players to be 30 years old or more?
That would not seem to be in the cards but Fowler's contract does have four years to go, so rule nothing out. He's already out of center field.
With the return of Oquendo, the Cardinals' defense may upgrade from porous to at least mediocre. But the Cubs, depending on what alignment mad man Maddon chooses to employ, are easily the best infielder defenders in the division. Milwaukee and Cardinals both not very good. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh? Doesn't matter.
And thanks for your calm, measured response. I believe Maddux will have considerable authority but you don't know the exact dynamic until you see how the games evolve and how pitchers are employed. The bottom line will be wins and losses.
I fully concur that the fans have every right to ask "why? and "how?" But, to your point, what have the Cubs done, so far, to make up for losing Wade Davis or for improving their rotation?. Brandon Morrow. Do the Cubs have a No. 1? And is Jose Quintana really better than Carlos Martinez?
Why would you want to wait? Start him off in the bullpen and use him as a starter from June on. He'll be better next year but he doesn't need to be in the minors. They don't have five starters or 12 pitchers better than he is.
Biggest surprise was that Fred McGriff continues to be in the 20-percent range. Clemens and Bonds both may make it in in their 10th year _ or four years from now.
Eric Thames, whom the Brewers flushed out of Korea, was their first baseman for most of the season. But after a torrid April, he faltered.