I agree that Carp probably fits better in No. 2 or 3 hole. But his on-base percentage trumps the fact that he strikes out a lot and doesn't have much speed. A leadoff man who gets on nearly 40 percent of the time and pops a home run every four or five games on the average has its appeal. No one is even close to him in OBP unless Fowler makes a comeback. Then I might look at it differently.
Why? He hit .226 with OBP of .258.
I made almost every home game. And, yes, I get all the fear factor I want with these chats. But everybody is having fun, I hope.
I wouldn't be surprised if he is one of the players taken off the 40-man roster to make room for younger minor leaguers.
I would like to see Knizner catch a lot this spring. And also play some first base late in games.
I never had had this talk before. I guess it would have to depend on whether they upgraded this position in the off-season.
I think that desire is already out there, to get the best middle-of-the-lineup man they can. In a perfect world, he is lefthanded like Harper. If he isn't the one, you have to go into the trading market and Goldschmidt might pack the next most punch.
He is not on the Braves' major league staff. He is involved as a special advisor in player development.
That is a fair assessment. He doesn't walk very much.
Goldschmidt of Arizona strikes me as an elite defender and hitter. And Donaldson has been that, before beset with injuries.
The Brewers are going to have revamp their rotation because they can't employ their bullpen quite the way they did in September and October. Cubs are still the favorites because of their rotation, albeit aging.
Hard to say. Let's see how this plays out this year. I'm just thinking that the haters are ignoring some of his obvious plusses because he can't run and he has a weak arm. Everyone is replaceable, including this correspondent.
The Cardinals will never offer that and I doubt that any other team would either, based, in part, on Kimbrel's iffy performance in the postseason.
Again, before the Cardinals bring in yet another righthanded pitcher _ either a starter or reliever _ they've got to fix their lefthanded bullpen and upgrade their offense. I'm not saying they won't do that. But they won't now.
I would never have gone as high as 50. Anything offered less than that is meaningless because it means I don't think they have the best chance to get him. But the process is early.
But the D-backs rather would take some younger talent, than an outfielder on the decline. Until Fowler shows something this spring, nobody is going to have any interest. And Arizona cannot rationalize to its fans trading a 13-game winner for a .170 hitter.
I see your point but the organization has reached the time when there has to be an offensive upgrade to excite the fans and give them hope that things will be better. Cosmetic upgrades are not going to be met with much enthusiasm., even if we can presume improvement from those already on hand.
Interesting query. Brebbia comes to camp deserving of at least a look at a seventh- or eighth-inning look although these days high-leverage relief often comes earlier than that. .