I think any team would consider him because he's never had a losing season. Not many of those guys who are unemployed.
The Cardinals' Hall of Fame honor would have no impact. But he missed by only one vote in his last previous Veterans' vote. That would be the springboard, I would hope.
This will be an important consideration, to be sure, but Norris has held lefthanded hitters to a .180 mark and Hicks is OK at .243.
Their defense is good enough now, I think. They need to maintain their offense and to do that DeJong and Carpenter have to be in there every day. You can't have too many .240 hitters with little pop in your lineup.
I don't know that Brandon has been working furiously on a comeback. He didn't even make it out of spring training, so how much could he have left?
Actually, as we speak, they're 21-15 in games started by opposing lefthanders and 47-42 in games started by righthanders, so the big picture is kind of a wash.
If the Dodgers get back Jansen, they have he best club, notably with Machado on board and Turner off the DL.
I guess all we can go by is the rest of this season _ 37 games' worth. And trust your gut.
Even Carlos doesn't think his arm can stand the strain of starting right now. By the time he would be ready to start, in his mind, the season would be over. Relieving is the only avenue in which he can help them the rest of the way.
No rush on either, especially on Flaherty. He's not going anywhere and he'll make his money someday. If Mikolas has another season like this one, I'm sure there will be thoughts of extending him. don't worry about next year _ or beyond _ until this year is over.
All-Star still is a little strong. Gold Glove is a possibility but I would bet Baez will win, despite changing positions so much for the Cubs.
Not necessarily. Schrock hasn't had much, if any, work at shortstop and not all that much at third so far. He's hitting .265 in Triple-a. Garcia can do that. And he can pinch hit, which we, of course, don't know about Schrock.
You make some good points, Again, though, I stress that let's see how the climate and the seas are if/when the club goes into a tailspin.
I'm 72 also and I'm OK with it, because it's a team-bonding thing. If you'll notice, every club has something like this. You're just not watching because you don't want them to be happy about their successes against your Cardinals. You'll remember the Yankees in the playoffs last year having their thumbs down when something good happened.
There would be some takers but not many, unless the remaining nearly $50 million could be worked out.
They would hope Reyes, I think. Otherwise, Gomber.
I wouldn't rule out Mayers or even Hudson from this consideration. But Hicks would get first crack if Norris wasn't back. .
Hicks does walk a few too many but he's just getting used to this. He's still throwing 100 and his slider also is a very effective pitch, especially when he can throw it at two different speeds. Barring arm issues, he'll be fine because he has a good head on his shoulders, too.
Fowler just needs to get healthy _ and stay healthy _ which has been easier said then done with him. If he can do both, he's still a viable player. But there are so many other options here, it will be tough for him.
Gyorko is very under-rated but there is the feeling that he can't hold up for many more than 400 at-bats, which is fine. That 550 figure would seem to be out of his range.
I'm fairly certain Ross is not in their plans. Norris would be, but only on a small deal. They both will hit free agency.