The standard report so far was that it was not related to the oblique issue he has had in other years. So far, that is the report.
People don't want to hear this but their group of young players strongly suggests they will be a better team next year. I understand, though, people want them to be better now. We'll have to see about that one. They seem to think they're OK at first and third with Carpenter, Martinez, Voit, Gyorko. And there is Wisdom, who will be at third base in Class AAA.
I believe this year his support was the most it has been.
Mo is always tinkering. But I do not believe that either of the players you mention is on his radar.
There will be a lot of manipulating of the options process this year by the Cardinals. They weren't really guilty of this, but I hope teams treat the DL a little less cavalierly than clubs like the Dodgers did last year. But they got to the World Series. Odd, how most of those players were completely healed after 10 days.
Depends on the player, of course. The Cardinals have money but historically haven't been really involved in the crème de la crème atmosphere of free agency. They have experienced the cautionary tales of modest returns from Leake, Cecil and even Fowler, who all signed for four years or five.
The Cardinals apparently didn't seem convinced that Leake would get appreciably better and were trying to cut their losses. His spot really was taken by Flaherty, for whom they have high hopes, as well as some other power pitchers. Mikolas was signed as a backstop in case Wainwright isn't serviceable or Reyes isn't ready until later than they think.
That may well be what happens down the road. A lot depends on how close they think Knizner is, and I'm thinking not very far. I would guess that this is the last year Kelly would be the backup here.
I think every player whose ability/durability is in question deserves about a month to prove himself, whether it's a starting pitcher or a young outfielder. If those players are good enough to make your team out of spring training, then give them a fair chance.
They would roll with Martinez and Voit, which really didn't work out too badly last year when they were the options.
Let's see him play in Springfield and, perhaps Memphis later, and we'll have a better idea how important he will be in the Cardinals' future. I wouldn't be eager to give him away.
Well, they did sign a closer in Bud Norris, who had 19 saves last year. And Gregerson has been a closer. Are they ideal? Probably not but we'll see how the early part of the season goes. There are kids on the way and some untried candidates for the role such as Brebbia and Leone, let alone Lyons.and Tuivailala.
There is a "character" clause in the instructions for Hall of Fame voting. But there have been many characters elected, so I don't pay much attention to the off-field blather. .
Yes, the analytics aspect of the game has a lot to do with scouting and drafting. But the human element will never go away and shouldn't be dismissed. How hard will a player work? How will he hold up when he is miles _ or countries _ away from his home? There are few foolproof ways to do to this, but the eyes and ears of the scouts in the stands still should count heavily.
There are more young, athletic outfielders in this organization than I have ever seen here.
That's possible but I still think all the above will be in somebody's fold in the next week to 10 days.
Jack Flaherty would be in the rotation and maybe Bud Norris, too. Dakota Hudson wouldn't be far behind. But a flop by both Waino and Mikolas wouldn't be conducive to winning baseball.
This probably is one of the reasons why many players don't marry or start families until they have made it to the majors. There must be a way to pay minor leaguers more but that would have to be negotiated and since those players aren't part of the players' association, it would be difficult to get much support from that group.
The answer is that their minor league pitching depth will be brought to the big leagues to pitch here because if they have a sub-par season it figures to be because of pitching deficiencies rather than offense. The last named should be good enough.
He already is coaching his kids. I think that would be enough for him other than a cameo in spring training every year here.