Thanks for your kind words. With the word athleticism, I'm talking about such things as the ability to go from first to third on a single. Or to steal second at least once in a while. You don't need 100-meter champions. Just a little more speed and the ability to use it.
Hudson factors as a reliever, so far. But I'd like to see him start. Hicks is the closer for now but I'd like to see a lefthanded veteran counterpart like Britton.
And thank your kind words, also. That might seem a lot to give up for a left fielder who might be able to play right. I'd have to get a lefthanded back anyway. There generally isn't very much to be had in the Rule V draft so I don't holding off Waino signing makes sense.
Cardinals' defense already is shaky enough with Wong, when he plays. To subtract one of the few plus defenders they have would be a mistake.
Thanks for helping out with the QO matter. Those two players will be out there, with few strings attached. It is do you want them?
I can see payroll going up $20 million or so at most through whatever accounting method that best works for them.
I'm not a big fan of Carp at third and Fowler at first. I don't see it defensively and I don't imagine Fowler would be too keen on it anyway. He's never really played there. .
Lefthanded hitter, two lefthanded relievers, third baseman.
Eovaldi will be much coveted but, in Cardinals' case, not somebody who specifically helps their offense or their defense.
Those are good players but usually guys who sign at the end of the off-season as teams look for what they think are better players but who, in fact, may not be better.
I would hope that other teams would try to use more of "motion offense," as it were, to force the other team into making mistakes or rushing a play. The Dodgers seemed to be on their heels a couple of times anyway. Strikeouts are not just outs. They are bad outs.
They need one hitter the other manager is afraid of _ at whatever position. I'm OK with that outfield you quoted if said player is an infielder.
You might be able to hit Bader there, to have some speed near the top of the lineup because Carpenter is not fast.
I hope it doesn't get to be about records, but I'm not saying you're wrong.
Like you, I'm more bullish on J. Martinez than others. I envision Edman more as a Garcia type than a Wong type _ for now.
I think the train went off the rails the last couple of years when he got hurt.
I just don't think Wong or Bader walks often enough to hit leadoff yet. For a leadoff man, walk is precisely is as good as a hit, as opposed to other parts of the lineup. Not everyone can do it and Carpenter, on base nearly 40 percent of the time, can.
Carp will be playing at 34 in 2020. I think he'll be allowed to be a free agent after next season.
What a concept? Have you gone mad?
Not this year. They did that to a large extent with their young pitching this past season but they don't have the same kind of offensive firepower in their system. They'll have to go elsewhere for that.