This is a better question to Mr. Goold. I know the Cardinals have invested more in their Pacific Rim scouting, but I have less than no idea of where they stand with particular prospects.
They Blues are playing Gunnarsson because they are trying to clean up their defensive zone play and win some games. There is no great urgency to create more playing time for Schmaltz, who has done solid work filling in but isn't viewed in the same light of Vince Dunn or Jake Walman. Might Gunnarsson exit at some point when Bortuzzo is healthy and the team wants cap flexibility? That could happen.
Maybe Luke Voit does a better job of pinch-hitting than Matt Adams did, but he wasn't going to get the ABs he got in New York.
Sure, I would think Kelly is on the team. Molina has two years to go on his contract and it's time for Carson to establish himself in the big leagues.
No. It's safe to say my fascination with Matt Bowman never rivaled the affinity Mike Matheny had for him. This team should have a bullpen loaded with shutdown reliever. Enough pitch-to-contact nonsense.
No, every team has analytics departing tracking all of that stuff and more. Dave was head of his time, but now the pocket protector crowd has taken over data gathering.
Bama. Sorry to my buddy Scott, a big LSU fan, but the Crimson Tide is just Tua much. Get it? Tua much?
Sorry about that. Getting a bit punchy.
Yeah, well, that off-field stuff . . . I'd be surprised.
Because young pitching is cheap and budget friendly and many times high-priced veterans (see Darvish, Yu) break down. This team should focus on needs, like third base and the bullpen.
The 40-man roster gets trimmed this time of year to make room for kids in need of protection. I just checked the 40-man roster on the Cardinals website and spotted at least seven more that could depart in favor of better veterans or prospects.
I don't see Harper as a once-in-a-generation chance to sign a bat to build around. It would be great fun to have him around, don't get me wrong, but I'd rather to see the Cardinals fill an actual team need.
Tyler Greene didn't quite rise to that level. And Daniel Descalso has had a nice career. Kozma? Definitely on scholarship.
Well, he considered playing only most of the time an outrage last season. Confronted with the possibility of almost never playing would convince him to move on. But, again, what moron is going to trade for him?
Yes. Marcell seems to be a good fit here with the players and the team could go hard for him as it did Jason Heyward.
There is no going back in the big bullpen thing. If I have nothing but strong relievers out there, then I'll take another one of those over a guy who gets a couple of hits a month.
You can't possibly be comparing Harper to Pujols in any way, right? Because nobody in our time compares to Albert's first decade. And if we did assemble such a list, Bryce would be way, way down it.
No shortage of candidates, especially in that relief corps.
And where do you move Fowler?