Matt has asked this question approximately 20 times, which definitely puts him in the running for the Ozuna of the chat. Ozuna is a talented hitter who had a breakout career year. The truth is closer to prime than one-year wonder. Not sure he'll have the same amount of homers again in his career, but he's a middle-order threat and should be able to maintain that threat for a few years.
Sure. That's a concern. But he should be fine.
Let me know when you find out.
The Magnificent Seven is peak Western for me.
I believe he's going to Kansas City's organization. Not sure if that's been announced.
I've heard that opinion here today in the lobby at the winter meetings, yes.
That's some heady territory there. He's got a better chance of hitting 30 than he does stealing 30 given where he'll likely hit in the order and how the Cardinals operate on the bases.
He's earned ample patience.
Original Magnificent Seven or original Seven Samurai. The remake was solid, but not the original.
Would Cardinals win enough games for that to happen if he's not a starter?
That didn't come up from what I understand because there's just enough concern about his overall injury history. So, that would just fold into it I guess.
There is a lot to like about this approach, for sure, and it's a strong argument to be made. This would be the Cardinals really doubling-down on run prevention. We've seen that work well with the Cardinals of 2015 and the 2016 Cubs were one of the best run-prevention teams we've seen. But I think there is a trend that Mozeliak mentioned that cannot be ignored. There are a lot of home runs and strikeouts in the game, and there is also a lot of offense and each of the teams that got far in October had two standout impact players, and what do you make of their pitching staffs? Wasn't like Darvish had that strong turn that really put the Dodgers away in the World Series. Rich Hill was done after two times through the lineup. As teams become more and more aggressive with their bullpens in the postseason, then it puts more and more importance on having the thunder in the lineup that can combat the lightning coming out of the bullpen. The Cardinals need both of those things. That's their idea.
I don't think it's bad for baseball. It's a bad look for the Marlins, but baseball tends to be better when the Yankees are polarizing, and the Yankees are definitely polarizing.
Yelich checks all the boxes, as they say.
The numbers say otherwise.
Gregerson has done it longer in the majors and been durable. Also probably got him at a better value salary than Oh at this point. But we'll see where Oh goes.