Greetings. Pitchers and catchers report two weeks from today. Bring on your questions about the Cardinals and anything else you want to discuss
If the Cardinals could get former Highland product Odorizzi for Adams, they should do it. Otherwise, I wouldn't give Adams away. I still like him at first base.
The Cardinals would have been happy to keep Hazelbaker as an extra outfielder although he tailed off dramatically in September. They tried to sneak him through waivers so they could outright him and protect some younger players on the 40-man roster. But Arizona immediately claimed him. Certainly, Hazelbaker would have been an answer.
Too early to tell but any team would make inquiries about such players. The Cardinals have the money to pursue almost anyone. Harper would have to hit more than .246, mind you.
I don't think this affects the Cardinals trading prospects for an infielder. They won't have that many at the top level that they're willing to part with anyway. Gyorko, who hit 30 homers, would be the next third baseman.
If Peralta isn't a regular here, the club probably will try to move him.
Derrick will have much more later but Cardinals' many recent international signings were unaffected and that 75th pick, a supplemental pick, was a competitive balance pick they probably shouldn't have had anyway because St. Louis is a "small market."
I'm on board with Adams playing first base against righthanders and Carpenter at third but that isn't doing any favors for Carpenter, who they would like to keep at one position. Still, I think Adams can be a regular at first. Do they have a really good defender at that position? Probably not.
I've not heard about any plans to retire Carpenter's No. 29, which would put him on the wall. As a postscript, Vince Coleman did the number proud, too.
The Cardinals didn't intend to be a home-run-hitting team last year but sort of accidentally evolved into it. But, yes, they want to morph back into that balanced offensive team which served them so well in the past. But that will only work if Wong can improve his on-base percentage, if Grichuk can become a bit more selective and if Fowler can set the table where Carpenter can use his RBI potential somewhere down the lineup. No matter what they do, this isn't going to be a track meet here this year.
Jose Martinez showed a good bat in September after being brought up but isn't the defender that Pham is. If Pham better can avoid those horrible strikeout stretches, he sould be fine as the fourth flyhawk because he can play all three positions.
You _ and we _ may speculate all we like but Bill DeWitt Jr., is on record as saying that no one else was involved and the DeWitts have shown no indication of being anything less than honorable.
The Reds and Brewers are better to the point that they won't lose 100 games and the Cubs won't win 100. Pittsburgh seems about the same, so I see only the Cardinals as serious contenders to the Cubs.
For now, it appears the team with the most interest is Team Italy, for which Descalso has signed to play in the World Baseball Classic.
Whatever you think of Fowler as a defensive center fielder _ and he may not be better than Grichuk _ left field will be improved significantly with Grichuk, or Fowler there. Plus, Wong, in theory, would be at second base all season instead of roaming through the outfield or through Memphis and Diaz will be better at shortstop, with a whole spring of infield guru Jose Oquendo helping him in Jupiter.
I could see Reyes opening the season in the bullpen either with early days off _ there are three in the first couple of weeks _ or if Michael Wacha is ready for full-time starting. This not would help the bullpen but keep Reyes' innings down, too.
Matheny will explore this in the spring although the game situations won't be as they would be in the regular season. I am intrigued, though, and. . . you also could use him as a pinch runner. I believe he has more than 100 steals, too, which would be more than anybody on the Cardinals' club but Fowler.
Keep in mind, though, that they didn't have a first-round pick anyway for signing Fowler and the extra second-round pick they lost had been a "gift" because of the Cardinals' small-market standing relative to the competitive balance issue. They didn't lose that much and their international spending wasn't affected at all.
Yes, that certainly could work.
Other than Reyes, the Cardinals don't have many prospects _ yet _ that interest other teams if you're talking about acquiring a big-time player. The way Molina hit last year in the second half (.352) doesn't suggest that it is twilight time.