Thanks very much. I would hope the Cardinals would take a long look at Moran who, as you said, can play first and third and DH. He also is a lefthanded hitter who has a well above .300 average for his career in Busch Stadium.
It could take a month, which would be ideal, to settle it. It could take two months, not as ideal, and grounds for a shorter spring training, which could lead to all kinds of injuries. .
You are very kind. Thanks. I hope the season starts on time for good fans such as yourself.
I would like to see a salary floor but I'm not as wild about a salary ceiling. I was happy to see, though, that the highest spending team did not even win the league pennant and that the World Series combatants were down the payroll line a bit. These money matters are very important to the players' association, which thinks that too many teams aren't trying to win.
I do not recall that story although if Rivera had been made available in trade, he would have helped anyone. However, this story has a couple of holes, the first of which was that Wells was with Boston, not Detroit in 2005 and the Yankees and Boston wouldn't be dealing. Secondly, the Yankees just had had Wells--for the second time--two seasons before. In 2005, Wells already was 42 years old.
There will be more signings after Matz although not on a blockbuster scale.
Joaquin Anduar often was funny--and just as often--off the rails. Rex Hudler was an amusing fellow and I have found Adam Wainwright to be a funnyman, on occasion. Whitey Herzog probably provided more humor in his 10 years here than anyone else. And he won some pennants, too.
I would envision Gorman being here closer to summertime than opening day but he could change that with a 'can't-send-him-out' spring. He did not have one of those this past year.
And happy New Year to you, too! The Cardinals need at least one more reliever and a combo reliever-starter.
If he would get here that early, that would mean Walker would have dominated in both Class AA and even Class AAA this season. Not saying that couldn't happen but 2023, unless it was late in the season, might be a little quick, for his arrival.
If the Cardinals are taking a look at Jordan Hicks as a starter--and they say that they are--he wouldn't be on the club at the start of the season. He would be starting in the minors, for a while. That knocks it down to 12 and the newcomer (s) would have to beat out Whitley or that Helsley wouldn't be healthy yet. In any event, the staff looks pretty good but could use a boost with some more veteran depth. The Cardinals also could have 14 pitchers if there is a DH, meaning you would have three guys on the bench during a game.
Baseball won't reduce the number of teams and more likely will be at 32 in a few years, with four eight-team divisions or eight divisions of four teams. That would be quite a lop-off to kick out the Angels from the second biggest market in the league. That doesn't mean, however, that baseball eventually wouldn't mind if the Oakland A's moved somewhere else if they can't get a new stadium done.
I really haven't thought about that for a very long time. I had some potential offers to go elsewhere earlier in my career but I've been quite content here. I don't think it makes a lot of difference what team you cover unless it was the New York Yankees under George Steinbrenner and it was 24-7 then.
One change I would like to see is that lower-echelon, "tanking," teams for several years in succession not be allowed to have a top five pick more than two years in a row.
This is why the Cardinals need to add another veteran, presumably, veteran pitcher or two. Yes, Hudson and even Mikolas offer no guarantees.
I do not see the Cardinals paying Flaherty $30 million a year. First, he has to show he is healthy before there is any talk of a long-term deal. Second, you have to see what the new rules for free agency will be and if he could be a free agent a year or so sooner than he might have been. That could accelerate any more or offer.
I do not see any move past 26 players and I don't think the players' side is pushing that. Capable minor leaguers are only a phone call or a text away. You might have only three players on the bench at some point but how many of them would be used in a particular game if you don't have to pinch hit, with the DH in play? More likely, I can see 13 pitchers, your nine-man lineup, and four extra men. Four would be more than enough.
I agree with you. DeJong will have to show more early and Sosa will have to do the same when he gets a chance. This is not a solid position by any means but I'm not giving up on DeJong just yet.
Vogt would be a good bench man as a lefthanded-hitting catcher, but the Cardinals seem satisfied with Knizner as their backup. Pitchers liked working with him although he didn't hit as much as one would have thought. Not saying the Cardinals might not bring in a Vogt but he could get a better offer elsewhere.