Part of that is the seller/buyer nature of the game. You look at the standings and you extrapolate from there. It's a cool question you ask because it gets to the real nature of the discussions between teams. Two years ago, teams saw the Cardinals roster and how Kolten Wong was being used and came calling on him as a buy-low add -- or so they thought. Angels. Twins. KC. A year ago, teams were wondering what it would take to get Jordan Hicks from the Cardinals -- a Class A pitcher that threw heat. Cardinals kept him, obviously. That's how this stuff goes. Teams look for redundancy, for players who could have a larger role with them, and prospects that are lower high-upside and they ask.
Depth. Depth. Fills out depth.
Depends entirely on his health. Has to show that to be that.
They're going to contribute in 2019. That's the plan. That's the expectation.
At last check -- and this was this past Friday -- free agent seemed more likely to them.
Yes. They do every year. Teams do that.
Homework assignment for the next chat.
Teams increasingly are putting their best hitter at No. 2 to maximize the plate appearances that person gets. Seems to me you want to get the best OBP, best OPS hitters the most appearances as possible. Go from there.
This isn't supposed to "fit" their stated adjectives. This is a move to add a player they want for depth/. They can walk and chew gum at the same time.
His shoulder isn't a secret. He doesn't cost much money. You wouldn't get all that much in return. And the Cardinals wouldn't only be motivated to trade him if the season goes upside down or they can get more than the value of the pick he'll bring in compensation.
It would, if the Cardinals got to a place where they could know that was coming. Expansion is going to bring another round of conversation about interleague play and interleague rules. The DH in the NL has gained traction over the past few years, and it remains a bargaining chip for MLB to play with the union as the next round of labor talks approach. Both sides are currently staking out a contentious stance.
To play what position? That's less clear than him. Was when they last explored adding him.
I doubt he wants to be a reliever. Wouldn't make sense for him.
Houston was interested. I read the Rays had some interest, too.
First, those aren't the numbers to go with. Second, based solely on those numbers, no.
Ben Frederickson will have a story on him posted shortly at StlToday.com. It's going up imminently. I have been in the chat with you all and haven't had a chance to ask anything about him.