I'm not quite on board with five or six for one in this instance. And some of those fellows the Rockies may not want.
There should be plenty of time for all the young outfielders in spring training_ not just in games, but in drills, too.
It won't produce worse results because he wouldn't stay in the lineup long enough for that to happen.
I didn't hear the part of "staying where we are" and "even regress." What I heard was that they were happy with the team they had but needed it to be a little better. It doesn't have to be a lot better but it does have to be better.
He has the power to block any trade and the Rockies aren't looking to take on some $18 million in salary when they already have a third baseman.
I am all right with that philosophy. But they signed Martinez to a five-year deal to be a starter and, if he wants to, he deserves one more shot at being that starter. Closer still could be a pretty good fallback for the Cardinals. Of they could try to trade him if he wasn't happy with that.
This, of course, depends on what the Red Sox might want. They're trying to unload payroll but they're not giving players away. Three for $30 _ if that could be achieved the cost of not too much in talent _ might be a good number, though.
As covered before, this is far from a bad team and, in fact, a good team. But is it a World Series team? Not yet. You don't tear it up, but you add pieces at the top and bottom.
I'm not sure how Stubby is held in regard elsewhere. I didn't hear his name mentioned too much this off-season as a potential manager.
There's nothing wrong with second- and third-tier players to add to a club. They can't all be first-tier players. You couldn't afford all of them. Like it not, and it seems many of you don't, the Cardinals aren't going to rip up the blueprint and build a new house. They're looking to add a room or two.
Carlson is not going to be on the club at the start of the season, having spent only a month _ a good month, mind you _ in Triple-A. The outfielders, so far, are Bader, Fowler, J. Martinez, Thomas, Arozarena, O'Neill. Subject to change. One of those won't make it to Opening Day if the Cardinals keep six infielders, as they likely will.
Any team would trade for Betts if the cost in player talent was right for a player who can be a free agent _ and surely will _ at the end of next season.
I'm sure it's a factor, but they don't get all the money at once.
Yes, the more militant part of the fan base might. . . might. . .be more appeased.
If it happens like that again, they aren't going to win 91 games. Their pitching and defense can't shoulder that kind of burden again.
I do not believe the commissioner's office will make announcements on the texture of the new ball, hoping the season will play out in a more orderly fashion. One difference could be a humidor-like effect for all parks, like Coors Field in Colorado. I'm sure the other commish has put all teams on notice about sign-stealing, cheating, etc.
Good question. If the Cardinals indeed are sure Williams has made the growth strides you describe, he will get a chance to nab a spot. They still have him on the roster so they haven't given up on him. It sort of went downhill for a while after he punched the television set last off-season.
If Carp could hit well enough to make that work, yes, that would be very good. Enough red flags were raised last year, though, to make you wonder if he can do that.
I'm told the Cardinals have wanted to get him for a couple of years. Don't know what Texas was looking for or what the Cardinals were offering.