Sometimes, you have to just go off what you see, regardless of some, but not all, the statistics. I often make up my mind on a Hall of Famer before I look at the stats and then double-check the stats to rationalize my choices. I have changed once in a while but not often.
They're hoping Fowler is the same player he was for two-thirds of the season last year before he faded at the end. He doesn't need to wear himself out as much playing center field this year, as he did in July and August last year.
The Cardinals, for now, are satisfied with DeJong as their shortstop and Edman as a valuable utility man, with Carpenter at third. For the moment. This depends on Carpenter producing. If he doesn't, then we'll see Edman at third, with DeJong staying where he is although I expect Edman to back him up in the field this year so that DeJong won't wear down as much.
They probably are waiting for the price to drop on a couple of pitchers, whether it's years or money per year. They weren't really interested in doling out five years and a lot of money to the pitchers already signed.
I'm OK with the idea, for the most part. But I want to find somebody who can hit fourth. Or somebody who can hit third, with Goldschmidt fourth.
They got a Madbum some half a dozen years younger than Greinke and who is making half as much money per year. Those are two good reasons for the change.
All valid points. Yet, they won the division and went to the NLCS. And they still seem to have the best team in the division. So several ways to look at this.
I want it both ways _ minor-league towns to retain their teams and minor leaguers to make more money. Is there some way to do this without contracting the minor leagues? I would like to think so.
If this team is the same in mid-February as it is now, then I will feel differently. But the off-season does not expire with the conclusion of the winter meetings.
I wondered a little about that myself. I think they took a chance and guessed wrong, but it was still good TV.
Molina and Reitz would be a "good" race.
I assume you're referring to Corey Dickerson. That type of player would help _ someone who doesn't have to be a regular and could come off the bench, too. I would think they're looking for something a little more substantive.
I suspect all the teams are examining their process of transmitting signs. Keep in mind, though, that there is a preponderance of hitters which doesn't want any last-second help on signs, just in case the information on the sign is wrong. A good way to get hit in the head.
Yes, if the price is right, I concur.
Some bad signings. But same guy who traded for Goldschmidt.
I'm not sure I would be putting Junior Fernandez in any deal for Kluber. "MadBum" Bumgarner, of course, was a free agent signing by Arizona from San Francisco.
I would think any preference the Cardinals would have is that the new pitcher be a lefthander. They have none in their rotation, Ability wise, they would like to have a lefthander as good as Wacha or better.
If they make no further changes (unlikely), the Cardinals' payroll isn't going to drop and, in fact, will rise. Goldschmidt, Mikolas and Wong, among others, will make substantially more this coming year, even with Ozuna gone. And I would like to think there is little overlap between Baseball Business and the Ballpark Village Business.
How quickly they forget, eh? I'm on board with looking at those two and others this spring. I still would like, however, another proven outfield/third base threat in the lineup.