Kluber would help any team but it depends on what Cleveland wanted. If they're talking Hicks and Flaherty or pitchers like that, I stop listening.
Gyorko will be seen a lot against lefthanded pitching, which he hit for better than a .300 average last year. No reason to give him away although he could be in a deal if they feel Munoz helps them more. But until Carpenter shows his arm can handle third base, you have to be careful quitting on Gyorko.
Carpenter is really the only player who has been here long enough to consider him being what you call a lifetime Cardinal. No one else comes to mind.
Yadi has said he would like to play one more year. They could tack that on next year if Molina still seems near the top of his game.
Fowler would not be happy being a bench player. Either he is a regular or at least platoon player here or he will be somewhere else. Martinez could be a starter in either left field or right field, depending on circumstances. .
On a local level, Bob Broeg and Dick Kaegel of the Post-Dispatch had a lot to do with whatever success I might have.had. And such great veterans elsewhere like Red Smith, Jim Murray and Jerome Holtzman were always people that I looked up to. Peter Gammons, too. He is older than I.
Barney Shultz, the fireman hero of the 1964 World Series champions, was the last Cardinals' knuckler of substance _ although that one he threw Mickey Mantle in Game 3 still hasn't come down yet.
You could try that but several of those don't really have much value, as I see it. They'll see how Drew Robinson pans out before they make another move.
They all can hit _ and with authority. But all of them will not be third basemen defensively. They likely all will get a chance at being big leaguers some day.
Good question. I guess the difference is that Cecil wasn't as good as Fowler was in 2017. And Fowler also makes more than twice as much money, so the club wants that to work. They would part with Cecil if he continued to struggle this spring.
They would not get equal value in trading either, in my estimation.
I haven't seen that called more than two or three times in my life. Baseball's fascination, I think, is that 20 is a good, round number that fans can relate to and count down as the scoreboard ticks off the numbers.
Fowler likely would get a month into the season to show that he is healthy and ready to produce, even if his batting average might be low. Can he play the outfield and can he get on base? Those are the questions.
I'm with you. Agents largely are getting a pass. But all sides are at fault.
I don't know what "overpay" really is. Many players below his pay grade can be said to be overpaid. Something like four or five years for an average AAV in excess of $25 million might be a start.
All these players will be signed, trust me. As for some of the signings, how did that Darvish signing work out? Or Holland? But there does seem a need for some sort of correction in the process although the players could take care of some of that by accepting a legitimate offer from their current team rather than gambling on getting a better one later in free agency.
Perhaps, but those players made their own bed.
He himself said he needs to be more consistent. But the ending numbers are the numbers. And his season largely was excellent.