At this point, Carpenter's contract has nothing to do with it. He looks better. He is swinging better. He plays. But if he doesn't produce, then he doesn't play as often. He owns Kansas City. He plays there, for sure.
I would expect Gallegos will get some ninth-inning assignments. The closer position hasn't been a real issue this year between Hicks and Martinez. They will total more than 30 saves.
I'm sure those departments have the math on that and everything else. The upshot is that batting average doesn't seem as important as it used to be and I'm not sure I'm OK with that.
Lowering the strike zone might increase strikeouts even more. Just what we need. But it's possible there could be more ground balls, The game will not speed up until hitters adjust their sights and are content with keeping the ball in the ball park somewhere where somebody isn't standing.
He is a true center fielder who can play the other spots. Is he a regular? Not yet, but maybe.
Ozuna is talking as if he wants to stay. The front office doesn't really need to say much right now. This year is more important than next, at least at this moment. But it would be a large mistake to let him get away.
The Cubs seem to have only marginal help coming from their system, especially in the area of starting pitcher. They pretty much go year to year now and they always appear to have enough to contend every year as they've made some good deals. But how long can they keep dealing themselves into contention?
All-Star first baseman? Really? The Mercado trade was a regrettable one. Everybody seemed happy enough when Pham was dealt and Bader was given a chance to play center field every day. It worked last year but clearly not this year. There's no apology here. Just the facts. But Luke Voit has not yet become Lou Gehrig. And, unfortunately, he will be out a month or more.
I think you've covered the five in-house candidates. But there needs to be an out-of-house addition.
It should be DeJong. Despite his low average, he's shown consistent ability to hit 25 homers. But his OPS should be in the .800s and it's not quite there. Yet, he should be fine once he regains his patience and plate discipline.
Maybe the Mets didn't really want to give up Wheeler for a minor league outfielder, promising or not. They're making a run at the wild card. .
There are four-man crews established before the season but they are altered constantly by each umpire getting vacation weeks and often minor league call-ups are inserted into the mix. And then there have been numerous injuries this year that have adjusted the crews.
His season is all but over but you can go as high as 40 on your September active rosters so he could be called up if he progresses. There will be some serious off-season conversations about how the organization should proceed, as far as protecting him nor not.
Wisdom has been at the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate and got off to a terrible start after being sent out. .
Geoff Hartlieb, who also went to Quincy University, which used to be Quincy College, when I went there.
We won't see that starting outfield next year of Ozuna, Fowler, Martinez, We will see at least one younger player and perhaps two. But much of this revolves around whether Ozuna will be back or not.
His arm is not his strength, you are correct. He is not the center fielder of the future. But Fowler has played the position better than I thought he would after not playing there last year.
I don't know what market he will command but I wouldn't hesitate to get involved. He still is only 28 years old, so a five-year deal takes him only to 33.
You're about right. He was under .260 for much of the season at Memphis but hit three homers two nights before he was recalled. He hit .275 at Mermphis and .260 at Springfield last season.