They did, yes. Did an awful job of hiding it. Don't miss 'em.
He usually does at the beginning when there are Hall of Fame committees for him to serve on. And then he leaves. Unless there's an Albert Pujols deal to negotiate. He has flown in for meetings at times, too, if necessary. DeWitt planned on being here in Vegas if the Cardinals did not have a deal done for Goldschmidt -- just in anticipation of such a deal, or if he was around to push for another one. As I mentioned elsewhere: Agents have his number. He has not attended previous winter meetings and the Cardinals have still made moves of significance.
Fair point. Thanks for reading.
Tepid. As if they were a team in the division.
How does he look hitting .150? That's a key question. But any of those outcomes are possible if he has a difficult spring training where he looks the same or struggles the same as he did in 2018.
This has changed, obviously. You see less spending and more young players in the game in eneral, and that has certainly lowered that aerage salary spent on DHs since I wrote about it many years ago with the example of being a $8 million hitter on the bench, or something like that. What really adds to the value of the DH is career longevity. It's the roster spot. It's the mid-30s player with a role. All of those things.
Exactly. Maybe we can move the conversation forward a bit.
It would be part of the conversation. So would getting the most innings from the best pitchers.
Yes. All systems go. Normal winter. Moved rehab/program to Fort Lauderdale at last check. May enter spring training slightly behind others out of caution.
I was asked to come up with a lineup. That seemed like a winning lineup.
Spring training. Both sides are open to them.
Nate Eolvaldi is being introduced during a presser here. He's signed with Sox, as you know.
Let's hit the lightning round. Have to move on to other assignments. So, start the clock ...
Elvis Andrus has not been here, yet.
Nope. I don't gamble on sports.