We're all snowbound here, so let's talk some baseball. Fire away.
The Cardinals long have had interest in Robbie Ray and would continue to do so. It would take a young outfielder or two or an outfielder and perhaps a pitcher. The D-backs may leave Marte in center field but if they are inclined to move him back to the infield, they might have interest in Bader.
Thank you and happy holidays to all of you out there. It's only December and the Cubs haven't done anything yet either but likely will do so, just as the Cardinals will. We'll see another pitcher and perhaps a lefthanded hitter here before the season begins. DeJong himself should improve with another year of experience and more time off in the field if Mike Shildt can force himself to do that.
Keuchel would be on my radar but you don't know what the parameters would be. I'm not eager to talk five-year deals with any pitcher, especially since the five-year deal to Leake didn't turn out well for the Cardinals.
Early February is when that particular kind of fruit is in season.
We don't know what went into Bumgarner's signing. Perhaps the Cardinals didn't want to go five years, given the fact he has thrown an awfully lot of pitches in his career. Also, perhaps he wanted to stay in the Western Division. I actually thought he might get more, as in $100 million for five years.
Good question. In football, there is no minor league so players go directly from college to the pros, if they're good enough. In basketball, there are only two rounds, so just 60 players are drafted. In baseball, you have as many or more high school players drafted as college players, and it would take a 17- or 18-year-old more time to make the majors than it would somebody 22 or 23. Also, there are just so many players drafted and signed in baseball because they have to fill all the minor league teams with players, whether they're prospects or not.
That's two years off yet, so I haven't looked into it that much. Players who are potential free agents two years from now might well be signed by their own teams by then.
The Cardinals are loaded with third-base prospects_ Gorman, Montero, Nunez, Mendoza, Nunez. But all are at least two years away. If Carpenter fizzles, Edman likely would get the nod, or they would have to go somebody to bridge the gap.
The broadcasters have their own methods of selecting their broadcast wing honorees in the Hall and at least Mike made the final eight this year. He may get another chance in a couple of more years. Why he isn't in is a little surprising to me, given his nearly 50 years of service in the booth.
Ryu has had a little history of injuries but he was among the top three pitchers in the league for much of the season and you have to look at him. What the money and the years might look like is another issue. Perhaps the Cardinals will look at lefthanders like Gio Gonzalez, who are on a lower plane, both ability wise and financially.
I can see MLB snatching a draft pick or two from the Astros and levying a heavy fine. I don't necessarily see any suspensions but that is possible. That other teams may or may not have engaged in similar chicanery is immaterial to this case. The Astros have been called out.
The division does portend to be weaker but, except for the Pirates, more balanced, as I see the Reds as contenders along with the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs. Ninety wins or fewer might be enough, to win it considering that the interleague schedule for the NL Central is against the AL East with meat-grinders such as the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays plus young, dangerous Toronto on everybody's slate in the NL Central. It is virtually impossible for a team to win a division with a losing record because nearly than half the schedule, 76 of a team's 162 games, is played within the division and somebody has to win every game.
There is little doubt in my mind. Besides his catching greatness and game management skills, he has five .300-plus seasons, nine Gold Gloves and nine All-Star Games. .
There always is that concern when you issue contracts of five or more years.
Lindor is two years from free agency so he would be a good pickup for that reason. But I'm not sure the Cardinals have the potential star power like the Dodgers do, notably, in young pitching, to pull off such a deal with Cleveland now. Plus, the Cardinals seem committed to DeJong as their shortstop.
The Frick Award is the broadcasters' honor. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award is given to a writer and I try to get back as often as I can, but mostly I goin summers where we have a local entry in the Hall. With Ted Simmons going in next July, I'm hoping to be assigned the duty of covering those days in upstate New York. I do get to Cooperstown every other January as part of the Hall's Overview Committee, which puts together various veterans' ballots.
You could see a righthanded reliever or lefthanded starter and a lefthanded-hitting outfielder/bench man all before spring training. January still could be a productive month.
In your scenario, where everything goes wrong, the Cardinals sitll could be a .500 type team. With all the doom you have suggested, there still could be bouncebacks by the likes of Mikolas and Carpenter.
You're precisely right. Free-agent signings aren't nearly as much fun to discuss and ruminate about because the money involved is incomprehensible in many cases. But an old-fashioned, two-for-two, or three-for-two swap is something fans of at least two teams can sink their teeth into.