I'm not sure what they will think but an effective Cecil to go with Miller solves a lot of problems in the bullpen. Cecil will be among the most watched players this spring, because the club's patience with him is about gone.
I would think it would be 15 at first and then, if they need a roster spot, it could be 60.
Depending on his progress this year at Memphis, he could be a regular left fielder or right fielder here in 2020. Needs more plate discipline. . . but these days which player doesn't?
Believe it not, I didn't have a vote then. I'm just saying if those guys weren't 100 percenters, then nobody would be except the absolute best in one category _ and that was Rivera.
I like the Philadelphia park better than Washington although both are all right. You can't go wrong either place.
Forty-four homers in 1 1/2 seasons. That translates to 30 a year the way I see it. There are several fellows on your list who aren't averaging that.
I'm sure he's not proud of that one.
Or they could be hurt again. But your point is valid.
Every game is different. Because of the starting pitchers, there really is no way to predict accurately what will happen. And most times, I really don't care how long the game lasts.
I dare say you could look at every other team's potential lineup and find the same doubts. In DeJong's and Ozuna's "down' years, as you put it, they did hit 42 home runs.
The most fun is being at the park every day not knowing what to expect but sensing that there are thousands of people who would want to have your job. The next most fun is the last day of the season. It is a long eight (or nine) months from the start of spring training. .
No, they are not. O'Neill and Grichuk are the same type of hitter. DeJong will be a higher average batter than Grichuk and better RBI man with men in scoring position. But I would take Grichuk on my team.
That kind of stuff happens all the time in the spring. But the Cardinals have so many starter arms who can be made relievers that they should have plenty of coverage innings-wise with little or need for specialists in the bullpen.
Extensions have happened several times in spring training, most recently with DeJong last year. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Mikolas was re-upped in the spring although the cases are a little different, because DeJong could not have been a free agent and Mikolas, counting his time in Japan, would be.
If healthy, Ozuna could have a monster year because he can be a free agent. If healthy _ and there's no reason to think he's not _ Goldschmidt could have a monster year because he can be a free agent. There is no better time to have either player.
There's always a chance but once the off-season begins, there is less of one because all the other teams will have a crack at those players.
They might need another veteran arm in the bullpen and a lefthanded bench man. But I would rather see the veteran reliever _ he doesn't have to be a closer and maybe Leone is that guy. This, doesn't account for what the Brewers and Cubs might do.
Reds and Pirates battle for fourth and fifth. Reds already had good catcher in Barnhart. That wasn't their problem. They still are short on pitching. And they have a powderkeg in Puig. But they could be a lot better.