The three-batter minimum will be in play next year. But, if the inning before a pitcher has faced three hitters, it doesn't carry over until another inning. Pitchers not throwing enough strikes makes the games longer.
The prospects are divided differently, more outfielders and third basemen than previously and fewer pitchers, which can create a problem in trying to make trades. I, however, do not worry too much about the long game. I am looking for more immediate satisfaction. All avenues of acquiring players will be _ and always have been _ in play.
I predict that before the winter is over, there will be a free-agent signing and a trade, either of which could involved a lefthanded pitcher, or a lefthanded-hitting outfielder coming here.
The minor league agreement with the majors will have to be amended, or MLB may find itself sued into the next century.
This David Price isn't the same one the Cardinals were looking at four or five years ago. Boston would have to eat plenty of the contract before the Cardinals would take it on. Not to say they wouldn't be interested.
I always try to vote for a player who was among the best of his peers at the time he played although I would check All-Star and postseason appearances. Longevity certainly was not overlooked.
With the signing of Rick Porcello to go with deGrom, Syndergaard, Stroman and Matz, I'm not sure Wacha will get that many starts. But I'd like to see it, yes.
Carpenter's uptick doesn't need to be just in home runs, it is in all extra-base hits and just more hits, in general. He needs to be stronger at age 34 to withstand the attrition that comes with playing in a hot-weather city. And, somehow, he needs to hit more balls to left field.
My outfield is wide open. I'm just telling you that Bader and Fowler are likely to be in it at the start of the season.
First, Allen Craig wasn't traded in a salary dump. The Cardinals wanted Lackey badly and Lackey helped for a couple of years. There is no outside interest now in either Carpenter or Fowler because of their contracts, which are high and which have no-trade language. If either would perform well next year, you would like to keep them. Also, either or both might be more appealing to other teams a year from now if they both do well this coming year. The Cardinals could then pick up part of the freight involved. But not two years' worth. Not now.
You keep all communication lines open but the likelihood of an Arenado trade now are slim. The Rockies are one year removed from being in the playoffs and they think they can get back in this coming year.
Gant was impressive enough in the first half that he was receiving All-Star consideration. His second half wasn't nearly as good but his overall body of work was strong enough that the Cardinals offered him a contract and risked going through the arbitration process. His contributions to the Cardinals' playoff bid this year shouldn't be dismissed even though they chose not to put him on the post-season roster.
A fair point but Wong's season emphasized how important it is to have good defense. The Cardinals had sub-par defense the previous season which, no doubt, cost them a divisional title. They had the best defense in either league statistically this year and the fruits of those labors showed in the standings.
You take on Pederson's homers, you also take on his strikeouts. He doesn't strike me (no pun intended) as a Jeff Albert-type hitter.
Is Kluber, injured more often than not lately, still a star anymore? And, as for what Texas gave up, DeShields Jr., still is a prospect and the reliever throws a 101 mph cutter.
Fowler will play as long as he produces. But he can see what's behind him.
I know Wieters liked it here. He's probably exploring if he could play more somewhere else (unless Molina got hurt again).
I'm not sure I want to see players using it in the dugout but I'm all right with it.
I don't think they have to announce a specific team policy but I would think a player going in as a Cardinal into the Hall of Fame would have his number retired. Ozuna isn't here anymore. I'm guessing he's going to be the last one to wear 23 here.