Same an opt-out would -- giving him all of the power to leave and all the security that he wants. At this point, he's chasing the longer-term deal. He could open up the market for him and the bidding and become more appealing to a variety of teams if he embraces a shorter-term, higher-AAV contract.
Yes. Bullpens, man. Relieving ain't easy.
I have heard no rumblings, no rumors, no interest, no sources, no reports.
Yo indeed. I'm going to watch it a few more times after Spider-Verse. Eager to see that.
On Twitter? We know he does. He's a "watcher" not a "tweeter." He had one account for a long time, it became known, and now he's shifted to a new account.
I'm more confident that Miles Mikolas will be the opening day starter than I am who will be in that lineup.
Minus the slot machines and smoking gauntlet on the way to the media workroom, that is.
Every sports writer and every outlet has different rules. I'll let my colleagues sort out their own ethics, and I let my bosses and publishers make up the rules. It's not for me to judge or to impose my views, ever.
This does seem like a fair read. Molina has two more years remaining on his current contract. He has friends and colleagues that would like him to push for one more season -- a victory lap, if you will, in 2021. The Cardinals are going to have to be open to that. Meanwhile, the Cardinals had planned to have a backup in place this season that could catch 40-50 games, and then split the job in the final year of Molina's contract. Molina's play in recent seasons has shifted that plan. Molina's offseason work and health and conditioning and imposing will has also changed that plan. So, now the Cardinals see Molina as the same catcher he was in recent seasons entering 2019, and they're looking to 2020 as when Andrew Knizner is the 30-40 game catcher as his backup, and then in 2021 he's ready to take over if Molina is not there, and he's ready to split the job if Molina needs it.
Yes. He tried to sell me on Bryce Harper and says he can pitch lethanded. It got weird.
They are committed to keeping the role open for Hicks -- eventually. That has always been the plan going back to this past season. In truth, they're open to keeping the ninth open for one of the young pitchers to grab, be it Hicks, Helsley, Hudson, or Alex Reyes. They don't want to block that growth. As Girsch said last night, if they could find a reliever who was going to be the closer for the next 10 years then they would do that. Well, five or six is a good start toward 10.
Both can fit on the same team. It is possible.
Better than mine, it seems.
I kid. I kid. I've asked around a little bit about this to see if there are any comparisons. The one that comes up of course is Albert Pujols. Goldschmidt has a different body-type, but he's aggressive at first base and he plays a position that can be demanding if you make it, and Pujols did make it. People who know him have seen the work he's put in to get stronger and stay stronger and prolong his durability, and they think that his swing won't erode, and that it could see the same change that other players do as they enter the 30s -- that average, that OBP may drop, but the HRs will go up. The big question for him will be his legs and feet. If they stay healthy, then he'll be socking away into the second half of his 30s, for sure. He has that profile. But foot injuries are serious and they can undermine a player as he ages.
Yes. But don't worry. I'm told Yu Darvish is coming to save them. Eventually.
I am not at all confident. The Cardinals are interested in changing it.
Truth. Where have you go Mike Hampton?
Depending on everyone's health in spring training. It would solidify a relief role for Alex Reyes -- if that hasn't already been telegraphed, honestly.
I'm going to stand by innings. Quality innings. To contend, the Cardinals need to come up with a way to get three pitchers -- or an aggregate group of starters -- that give them a higher percentage of quality starts than they appear to have right now. Mikolas is the given. But from Wacha, Flaherty, Martinez, and maybe Gomber, Wainwright, and a few others they need to have three guys who can go six innings with regularity. Otherwise the strain on this bullpen will show up. Otherwise the offense will have to be asked to carry to much. This team, as it stands right now, has the chance -- the chance -- to have a superb, consistent rotation, for sure, but the certainty of six innings a start one time through the rotation isn't there let alone for a week or two weeks at a time. Innings matter.
(Also: Let's see an improved defense in spring training before we buy that it is.)