Never say never. Detroit might want to do some business.
They'll have to pick up the pace for the sponsorship of intentional walks because you don't have to throw any pitches any more.
Oscar Mercado needs to play every day at the minor-league level because he figures to be an everyday player at the major-league level. Luke Voit probably will not be an everyday player in the majors but he has shown himself to be a terrific pinch hitter. And that was the job opening.
They looked at him last off-season. I would investigate although they haven't had much luck bringing in relievers from other clubs in the last year or so, other than Norris.
But, you really can't rationalize keeping Kelly here where he will be playing even less now that Molina is here. You send Kelly out and decide after the season what to do with him. Tyler O'Neill was striking out in every other at-bat whether he was playing or pinch-hitting. He'll be back.
I do not know whether there is any compensation, i.e. gift certificates, or not.
Holland has begun throwing again and should be on a rehab option in the next week. He is not hurt that badly. He'll be back reasonably soon if he can get people out in the minors.
I'm assuming he'll be out at least several weeks. And then, if he's able to pitch, there will be another minor rehab assignment. And then, it probably will be close to September. In Reyes' case, it seems more prudent to err on the conservative side.
If he has 10 homers in the next three weeks, that will be a four-alarm blaze.
When you play everyone on your division three series home and away, it's almost impossible to avoid having one in April. Two good home stands in late July and mid-August. First is Cubs and Rockies. Second is Nats and Brewers.
In time, Hicks will be the closer, but probably not very often this year. Norris has it. Holland likely will get one more crack at it before the year is over.
I was surprised he still was in the game in the eighth but he had one more at-bat coming. If Wacha had completed the no-hitter, everyone would be talking about that tough play he made. Still, I don't see him becoming Vic Power, just yet.
Bader has shown enough to be a solid fourth outfielder. Can't tell about him being an everyday player until he gets that shot, but he certainly is an asset to any team, especially one which has very little speed.
I am loathe to trade my best healthy starting pitcher in Wacha for somebody I'll have for three months.
I would have Wainwright around all the time, even on the road. He can provide so much counsel and any job he wants in the organization when he's done playing, he should have.
I would hope so although five years is a long commit to a starting pitcher. As far as the rest of the rotation, which was the subject of another question, Flaherty likely will stay around the rest of the season and Weaver isn't going anywhere. He isn't pitching that badly.
There are no whispers. Only speculation. And I speculate that you won't see Reyes before September, if then.
It seems long to me. There's 105 games left.
I trust the umpires have some leeway here. But, as long as the hitter stays in or relatively near the box, he'll be allowed time. And, yes, that is a strategic move by hitters but the pitcher can do the same thing. He can step off the mound or hold the ball longer to thwart the hitter.