I hope I'm invited to the wedding.
Those two aforementioned righthanders and Andrew Miller strike me as the three key pitchers.
I'm not sure what will happen with Helsley in the minors. I'm presuming closer but if they want him to get innings, he'll start. I still see his future here as being in the bullpen.
I don't know how far back you want to go. But my answer is an easy one: Steve Carlton.
It would have been Dakota Hudson. But I'm betting Hicks will get a surprising number of double plays with sinker.
A good April is getting through the month with all the players you had at the start of the season and getting a few more back _ like Gyorko and then later C. Martinez. The record is less material although you don't want to be on the really short end of those 10 games in April with Milwaukee.
The one more guy in the rotation could be either Martinez or Reyes. The same goes for the bullpen. But I don't see anybody winning 95 in the division. It's too balanced.
I can imagine the scenario. But only if it's a one- or two-year deal.
Hard to get four Gold Glovers from one team. Only nine awards and 15 teams in each league. .
I see the Pirates as a strong fourth. Like their rotation and their bullpen. But they may have trouble scoring enough runs with no real star in the lineup except maybe Marte or Polanco.
I'm not sure you can read too much into your their size or lack of size. They make contact. That means something to me, and I'm sure, the Cardinals.
He'll be in that conversation someday. He wants to be, for one thing. He also is a good learner and a fierce competitor.
What he meant, I believe, is that he was told not to swing the bat while he was recovering from surgery. His "five months" time frame might have been an exaggeration.
I was concerned but nobody of consequence seemed to be. Still, it's going to be hard to beat 18-4.
There isn't one healthy player that's not here now who deserves to be, other than perhaps Edman, who has played only half a season in Triple-A. The best 25 are here, with contracts not really an issue.
Probably both. I thought he did a terrific job last season getting that team to the playoffs with all the pitching injuries it had.
The July 31 date will take on the same meaning that June 15 used to have whereby if you didn't make a trade at that deadline, you pretty much had to wait until the off-season.
I don't know the particulars but I wouldn't think it would be long before at last some of that that payout would be made.