You're welcome. I reiterate that the Cardinals are not nearly in the seller's mode because of the Central Division. They will never be very far off the pace. That doesn't mean they won't trade. It just means they aren't waving any flags Paul DeJohn could be a regular at second, short or third in the majors.
As soon as somebody else shows he can hit there, he will. But Diaz, Grichuk, etc., haven't shown they can. And that might not be right for Pham either.
It's not bad luck. I always either blame the players or praise the players for what happened although Adams shouldn't have been sent away. Carpenter should hit third, and someday he will again, but not as long as he is this hot.
The bullpen will be all right if Cecil and Siegrist can provide a consistent lefthanded presence. The right side is fine, and actually pretty good.
It is my pleasure (I think) . Mo will do something sooner than later but sooner does not yet mean today. Give this a couple of more weeks, if you can stand it.
Matheny and Gyorko, I believe, talked about it. I think you would agree that the Cardinals generally aren't in the spot they're in because of lack of hustle. It's lack of ability.
Greg Garcia is a very smart player and gets the most out of his ability. He would be an excellent coach when his days are done but he's hoping that won't happen for a few years.
In the battle of Martinezes, Carlos will not be traded for J.D. Grichuk is another matter.
Have you noticed the Royals are one of baseball's hottest teams and are only 3 1/2 games out of first? It's full speed ahead for them, at least right now.
I hear you. But he is Matt Adams (first base only). That position is not currently open.
J.D. Martinez makes more sense than some because the Cardinals could use some more firepower in their outfield. But you're right. It's not that easy. And Detroit would have to fade a little farther off the pace.
I would think the sharper free agents would like to play before an adoring fan base _ full houses almost every night _ and with a staff led by Carlos Martinez and potentially Alex Reyes.
The race does not always go to the tortoise.
A year-and-a-half from now, everybody will be after Machado and Harper. I'm not good about looking into two years from now for sleepers. I just hope I'm not one of them.
It would cost Carlos Martinez, Rosenthal and Sierra for starters. At least that's what Miami might ask for.
Long range, Bader probably is a right fielder or a left fielder. But I don't consider him as good a hitter as Piscotty, so left field might be his best shot at a regular job. But the Cardinals may well have acquired an outfielder by then.
Diaz certainly isn't nearly as disciplined as he was last year but I still consider him a better hitter than DeJong at this stage. On my club, there would be room for both but Diaz might be an outfielder or third baseman.
I'm sure the Cardinals realize that. They'll get their three million-plus this year but there will have to be substantive changes before next year to presume that again.
I refer you to Mr. Hochman's story on Page 1 of the P-D on Sunday. Javier is very much alive although he isn't fast now nor was he then. Strong-armed and blessed with good hands, you bet.
Ah, a voice of reason. Not a popular stance these days.