Of course he will. He is here to compete. Why not test Lester for the new team?
Haven't heard much on that front. Cards seem willing to play this out some more to see if Oh holds up. But as I noted earlier, there isn't much on the front burner as far as relievers go.
The Cardinals have a nice roster and they play in a division where a couple of teams are tanking. So the team would have to encounter and then overcome a lot of adversity for Mike to get that sort of recognition. Experts tend to take this team's success for granted.
How about Matt Adams coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter?
Free agency or a trade -- either way, looking for another big offensive piece, especially at third base, makes lots of sense.
Siegrist would seem most likely, given the current make-up of the bullpen.
If I'm Chicago, I'd ask for Weaver, Bader and Sosa. Get at least three good pieces. I don't see how that makes sense for the Cardinals, given the pitching the franchise is stacking up behind five good starters.
Perhaps in a couple of years, if Molina is still going strong, Kelly is obviously ready AND if the Cardinals have another heir apparent in place. It took a long, long time to develop somebody of Kelly's caliber, so there is no rush to move him just because Molina is locked in.
If you look at the organization, there is depth in certain spots: Center fielder, middle infield, near-term pitching prospects from the college ranks and longer-term prospects from Latin America. Can't keep everybody, as the Cardinals discovered when the Padres plucked Allen Cordoba as a Rule 5 pick. Among the current players, let's see what happens with Wong and Adams. I'd expect Wong to stick as a cornerstone guy, but Matt is another matter. If he launches some bombs as a part-timer, a rebuilding team may want in.
I tend to agree. The injury factor will only loom larger as Molina gets older. And, again, the Cardinals went many years without developing even a decent catching prospect. Hard guys to find!
OK, so here we go. Can Carlos Martinez keep those emotions in check?
A whole year of Kyle Schwarber is really bad for the rest of the NL. Dude rakes all day.
New year, new team vibe . . .
Got to like that inning-ending DP induced by Martinez. Didn't have to throw 100 mph past everybody to be successful this year. Can Carlos settle into a nice starter's rhythm?
Nice job by Zobrist on that Diaz gap shot to right-center. Held Aledmys to a double instead of a triple. Diaz was digging hard, looked to be thinking 3.
That play by Zobrist might save the Cubs a run. It wiped out Matt Carpenter's would-be sacrifice fly after working his way back from a 0-2 count to full.
I believe the players get prize money out of the revenues, since the Players Association partnered up on the WBC. Also, the WBC pays the big league salary of players that suffer a long-term injury injury playing in the WBC. The owners obviously needed that insurance to play along.
Matt was a victim of circumstances, to a degree. Carpenter is a great hitter but he is not a great third baseman. The organization decided to commit to him at first base, bumping Adams out of a spot. Although Matt had his struggles last year, he also hit at a 30-homer pace. He also hit five homers this spring after getting into phenomenal shape for the first time in his career. If this team struggles to score runs, Adams could bump Carpenter off of first base if he can hit some homers as a part-timer.
It is easier to play him in center field with that broken swing. He can't play every day in right field hitting that way, not with Zobrist, Baez and Schwarber earning their at bats.
Yeah, it doesn't look like his winter-long swing overhaul did much good. He is working his tail off, but as ESPN noted earlier this springs, scouts couldn't tell much different in his swing during the exhibition games.
Yes, Jhonny appears to be just holding a spot. How many other teams could he hit clean-up for at this stage of his career?