Thank you very much and yes, Todd Frazier took a significant downturn last year. He has power but doesn't particularly improve your defense and certainly not your athleticism.
It makes some sense to me, too, although the only downside of having 11 pitchers is that some of the starters may not able to go more than six innings early in the season. Plus, all managers think they need 12 pitchers. Even if they don't.
Absolutely correct. That should be one of the most highly stressed aspects of camp. Molina throwing out barely more than 20 percent of would-be base stealers last year is a ridiculous statistic and it shouldn't have happened if pitchers could have held runners closer, either varying their times to first or quickening their deliveries to the plate.
It really shouldn't matter although statistics show that third basemen are relatively unrepresented. That will change next year when Chipper Jones goes in.
The aforementioned hybrid of lefthanded-hitting, lefthanded-throwing (as in relief pitcher) Jordan Schaefer.
The Cardinals suspected something was amiss but Rosenthal didn't cop to it until about July. Players often err by not telling the right people they are hurt, sometimes not until it is too late.
Gonzales has to prove he is healthy _ he hasn't been for nearly two years _ before he could even become bait. Or useful to the Cardinals. But he does have the value of having had some success out of the bullpen late in 2014.
Stiff, yes. Exorbitant, no. There was a crime committed here. But the Cardinals didn't lose a first-round pick. They didn't have one. And the second pick was one they shouldn't have had anyway because of the "competitive balance" concept.
The Cardinals would be severely disappointed if Mike Leake, presumably blessed with better defense and health, didn't win 14 or 15 games.
I would expect to see Greg Garcia get some outfield time this spring. I'd like to see it.
I'm sure there was some fear their international signing abilities would be affected and the Cardinals really weren't although they are $2 million lighter in the wallet.
The Cardinals, I'm sure, will try to extend Molina. Kelly isn't likely to be traded. They've invested too much time and energy in him to make him a catcher to turn around and deal him. The two picks they lost today have no effect on this year's team.
Coghlan has been a reliable spare part for Joe Maddon the last two seasons. I wouldn't mind seeing him here.
I admit that on the surface it seemed hard to believe that no one else had been privy to what Correa was doing. Everybody can suspect whatever he wants. The Cardinals have paid their price. They claim their investigation found no one else culpable. Eventually, time to move on.
The Hall of Famers can have a say in what happens in the various HOF veterans' committees on which they can participate if they believe a candidate is tainted. For instance, Mark McGwire didn't do well in last December's balloting. But, if a Clemens or Bonds gets in through the regular ballot, at least a handful have said they won't attend the ceremony. And that will be noted in Cooperstown and everywhere else.
Thank you very much. I think fans have over-reacted a bit but I'm hearing they think the Cardinals didn't do enough rather than do too much. Fans are entitled to react in any fashion they want because they're the ones who are paying the freight. I do think, though, the Cubs, while clearly an outstanding team, had a magical season and the Cardinals really aren't light years behind them.
That's the way I'm looking at it.
Gyorko has plenty of value but he hit only .232 with men in scoring position and while he had 30 homers, he strangely, had only nine doubles, ergo accounting for his low RBI total. He could end up as the regular third baseman. If Wong falters, Gyorko might be part of a platoon at second. He also played first base passably so he will be used.
The Cardinals probably aren't looking at Utley as an extra man because he plays only second base. And he probably would want to go someplace where he would be a regular.
Carpenter, no doubt, was hampered by the torn oblique muscle he had suffered midway through the season. Anything you might noticed in his movements, or lack of same, may be relative to that.
Many of the minor leaguers who were in camp already would have been sent back to the minor league complex. You'll see starting pitchers throwing 70 to 85 pitches by this time.
Ultimately, I think you'll see Diaz move to third base _ when Sosa or Perez is ready. I'm not sure we'll ever see Wisdom here. He seems to have either regressed or not improved. Not sure about the DeJong switch. Will have to look into that.