Not willing to kick Wainwright to the curb just yet. He has done too much for too long to underrate him. He doesn't have to be their ace anymore even though he still would like to be. Let's give this notion at least a half a season before we determine how much he has left.
Zach Phillips finished up with Pittsburgh last year and has some success. He has not been terribly impressive early in camp but you always keep a stash of lefthanded relievers close at hand and I'm sure he'll be here at some point this season.
Diaz will be the third baseman if Wong is the second baseman. We're going to know this year if Wong is that second baseman. This dance can't go any longer than this year if Wong isn't productive.
I didn't think we were talking just about offense here. My emphasis was on catching. There is not a man alive who can tell me Buster Posey is a better catcher than Yadier Molina. . .
You always inquire about improving your starting pitching, especially if you can add a lefthander. Many of the Cardinals' top prospects aren't quite camera ready yet, though.
I'm never worried about logjams at any position. Too many players get hurt and these dramas solve themselves. Plus, I don't really care about 2018 or 2019 or 2020 right now. I'm trying to make it to April.
The Cardinals are like most teams. Nearly everything needs to go right, mostly health, for them to contend. Most significantly, the Cardinals cannot give away as many outs in the field and runs on the bases through shoddy execution. That is your middle ground.
Adams' contract is not a ridiculous one for a bench player, if that is what he is. He already has proven himself one of the top pinch hitters in the game, no matter his age and experience. I'm not willing to cast him aside as a regular just yet. And what would you get for him? Or need?
I think you have to let this Peralta-Gyorko thing play out. Peralta has plenty to play for, what with this being the last year of his contract. Gyorko hit 30 bombs last year. How many third basemen did that?
I had figured on Adams getting plenty of first base work this spring with Carpenter off to the WBC. But Carpenter isn't going and Adams is going to have to make his mark when he can. The new approach at the plate hasn't had much impact yet but Adams' svelte look can only help him avoid some of the nagging injuries he has had to deal with in the last few years.
Jim Thome certainly is a Hall of Famer even if he doesn't make it in his first year of eligibility. Those 600 home runs are too much to ignore and he really didn't DH much until much later in his career. He wasn't that great overall player you'd like to see as a first-ballot guy, though, so he might have to wait a year.
Keep fighting that urge, especially now. Check back on March 26.
At the time, though, you didn't think McGwire was a black eye. He was seen as something of a savior, or least a great carnival attraction. When you've got people angling for position in the stands during batting practice, that's what I mean by impact. You're right, though, about what various committee members think about players when they were here. For instance, Carlton was a Hall of Famer mostly by what he did in Philadelphia. Rolen had a lot to do with those three division titles in a row and two World Series in three years but he wasn't here as long as Herr or Javier.
As they say, the Mags Sierra show was a big hit in Peoria but now we need to see it at Palm Beach, Springfield and Memphis first.
That's one of the reasons you amass prospects _ to make a bold move in the trading market. That particular player hasn't struck me just yet. Check back in late July. ,
Grichuk eventually should be a No. 4 or 5 hitter here but he didn't seem to do well with that kind of expectation for him last year. Start him sixth or seventh and let him work his way into the prime real estate.
Jose Martinez is a bench player. Grichuk is the left fielder. But Martinez offers some intrigue coming off that bench.
Way too early. If you have to worry about Piscotty, then you have a problem.
I guess that could happen. I was kind of looking forward to 2017 first, though. I don't have some of the same long-range vision some of you guys have. Fowler just got here. I can't project where he will be in five years although Sierra could move him out of center field. .