I'm with you although three innings might be a bit much because teams want to show the other team a different look as often as they can and a third inning of relief generally means facing some of the same hitters again.
And don't forget the modest $3 million it cost them for Norris. Yes, they seem to have better at bargain-basement sales and their ventures into the free-agent bullpen market generally have been perilous. But it would seem that their need for a lefthanded hitter would influence them to at least participate in the Harper sweepstakes.
Obie, in his prime, would help any contender. He wouldn't offer up much of the power that's deemed necessary in today's game but he could catch the ball, throw it straight and draw the occasional walk without striking out.
I would like to see them retain Wacha when his free agency approaches but he's going to have to show them a lot next season, both in performance and durability, for that to happen. If I were to guess, right now I would say not.
I saw him playing ping pong with his right hand the other day and nothing was wrong. He could care less about the MVP race.
Carlos hasn't been healthy for much of the season and every time he comes back as a starter, he gets hurt again, on the same right side. He wants to pitch in relief. It looks like a no-risk proposition rather than entrusting a game to him as a starter. Wacha can still help as a starter and won't be hesitant to cut it loose.
He's been off a 40-man roster for a while, now and Boston had outrighted him.. Anybody could have had him but they also had to pick up the rest of that long-term contract which now is over. He is in the San Diego organization, at present, and I don't know if the Padres really have any plans to add him. He's about 34, I think.
Vin and I are very good friends. But Derrick has an agreement to appear every so often for MLB to talk about the Cardinals because he is our primary beat man covering the club.
They're only talking about them because the Orioles are so bad, worse even than the team the Brownies left for Baltimore in the '50s.
Mike Shildt said his research and that of the Cardinals' analytics department have found no real compelling evidence for the pitcher to hit eighth and a position player ninth. He did think about it because Carpenter was hitting so many extra-base hits.
I would certainly look at Simmons if you thought you wanted to move DeJong to third. But they might decide to leave an improved DeJong at short and go get a third baseman.
Why all the hate for Greg Garcia today? He is a good defensive player at three positions and he can pinch hit. He and Munoz can co-exist, at least for now. Next year might be a different story when Garcia will make some more money but that's next year. You haven't given up on this year, have you?
There's no question in my mind that the influx from Memphis is the biggest reason for the success of this team in the last month or so. And not just because of their talent. They aren't used to losing and they don't expect to. Their energy and enthusiasm have been contagious.
Not really. That .248 average, down to .241 now, and modest defense in center field meant more. The FO wanted a younger Bader to play. And, so far, so good.
Punishing him for what? He's the one who said he's afraid to throw too hard.
He looked pretty good here last week here. But I see on Sunday he faced two hitters and one of them got a hit. He also walked in a run about 10 days ago. Maybe Lilli found something, though. He is a good coach.
The lefthanded hitter could be a third baseman or an outfielder. I see nothing wrong with Michael Conforto, for instance, although I doubt he is very available.
I never had an issue with Mike for the five years he played here or the 6 1/2 he managed. For others, it doesn't seem to have been as pleasant.
One issue here is that those competing teams are very unlikely to trade with each other. Martinez has made it clear himself he isn't ready to start. This sounds good in the Fantasy World, but it wont happen this year.