Alex Reyes as a starter and Randy Arozarena's performance in the playoffs are unrelated. Reyes was the Cardinals' top prospect for three consecutive years, and not too too long ago he was considered the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. Of course, there's interest in having the top pitching prospect in all of baseball as a starter. Health has sidetracked him, delayed him, challenged him, and put him in relief in recent years. That, and the fact that he didn't have that much command of his pitches when he did get recent looks at starting. The Cardinals want to give Reyes the chance to start because he has dynamic stuff, and he has a lot of talent at his fingertips, and if he has health they would prefer to get 160 innings of that talent than 60 innings of that talent. I don't see how that relates to Arozarena. Not at all.
And it's like Caesar, not scissor. Going to be a name I practice typing, for sure. But was a fun name to write into the scorebook when he played for the Cubs.
They do indeed. They are aware of the depth there.
They do need two catchers (at least) to play at Memphis. They had one before the recent trade.
It could, yes. That is in play for the Cardinals.
Marco Gonzales, with more mph.
Not if they don't have any alternatives handy.
The arbitration system allows for CBA-permitted collusion. It's not a bad word when it comes to arbitration. It's a real part of the system that the owners and union have negotiated. You don't have to hide from it, or dance around it. It's there.
Sosa is. At last check, the Cardinals are seeking clarity on whether Williams is. That's something to double-check going into spring training, and look for an explanation here in the near future. There is, yes. It's 26-man roster. Plus there's a taxi squad for road trips (so other players could be on that and available -- not necessarily for Sosa or Williams, but as alternatives if they have to be risked through waivers).
This is the defining year of his career and whether he's a Cardinal at the end of it.
He does -- though less so now with Matt Carpenter moving into a backup corner infielder spot. An expanded roster would really help Nogowski get into the majors as a backup first baseman but mostly a pinch-hitter with a nose for OBP. A DH in the NL would also open that up, if a team wants to carry a backup DH. I agree -- it would be interesting to see how his approach translates to the majors. Brett Wallace, the first-round pick the Cardinals ultimately traded for Holliday, carved out a role in the majors briefly with that same kind of knack. Sure, from the left side. But there are parts of Nogowski's production that say he could be at least that, maybe much better.
Thanks for the kind words and thank you for being a subscriber. You hit on one of the more intriguing strategy/prep elements of spring, to me. The Cardinals basically play four, take a day off, play four, take a day off. Not exactly the schedule to have a five-man rotation. But definitely one where they could do a six- or eight-man turn through the first few weeks. Will they run out of innings? Absolutely. The Grapefruit League games will quickly run out of innings for those pitchers. That's going to put the emphasis on back field assignments and game simulations -- and a lot of the things that Mike Maddux already does. Remember a few years ago, how much attention it got that Carlos Martinez rarely appeared in games. He had these curious back field assignments. Once was whisked out there in the morning for a start. His performance at the start of the season revealed the trouble of such an odd spring -- but let's not ignore some of the schedules other pitchers have had in recent years. Miles Mikolas was out of the Grapefruit rotation for a bit, and that slingshot him toward success in his first year. Dakota Hudson has had the back field assignments to get his sinker in shape. Adam Wainwright, too. We're going to see things like that. And it's going to be something to keep an eye on because it will reveal how the Cardinals intend to use their rotation, how many starters they're prepping, and what that could mean for their six-man or piggyback approach to managing innings.
Can't see that happening. Not for opening day. He's here. Eager to see the time he gets at positions outside of 3B. Please keep in mind that the Cardinals aren't likely to move him away from 3B entirely. They do need to plan for the possibility -- slim that it is -- that Arenado isn't a Cardinal for 2022.
They need catchers for other teams, too. They've got to fill out minor-league rosters, and before the most recent move did not have a clear foursome (or five, honestly) to man the spots at the majors and Class AAA.
He'll get a look there. At the moment, he would have to leapfrog other pitchers, and there does seem to be a significant amount of intrigue with what he could do with a multiple-inning relief role given the three-batter minimum rule.
I don't have one. The tech has to be flawless, otherwise why bother?
I do not, no. I get the question -- and maybe the best way for me to explain it is this: I enjoy going to the ballpark because there's always the possibility of seeing something you never have before, or something that doesn't seem possible, and then trying to put that into words. Arenado is one of the best fielders ever to play third base -- my favorite position, candidly -- and there's a good chance he'll make a play that others cannot, and I'll have the challenge of describing that in words. I welcome the challenge. Not really a butterflies kind of guy. Sometimes when I have to give a speech in public and my wife is there. She is tough to impress. Butterflies galore!