They probably have but these pitchers would prefer big-league deals. You still might see some of this happening before the season.
I was very surprised. But he went out on top, at least for now. He wouldn't want to be a part-time player here, I suspect.
Even with the DH, you aren't likely to see both catchers in the game at the same time. You're limited if one gets hurt, even if it's one who isn't catching at the time.
That actually was the Saturday Game of the Week featuring Dizzy and Pee Wee, with St. Louisan Buddy Blattner working with Diz before that.
I think that is precisely the role that is earmarked for Reyes as spring training dawns, whenever that is. Ultimately, he will be a full-time starter, perhaps even later this year.
The Cardinals should have most, if not all, the big bats they feel they need but they need some complementary hitters off the bench. Their bench was sub-par last year. And thanks.
I wouldn't think the Rays, one of baseball's sharpest organizations, would be willing to give up on Glasnow just yet. He still is a No. 1 type guy, when healthy. Would you try to trade for him? Maybe but you couldn't give up much if you're trying to win this year.
Looks as if that ship has sailed, as far as Chris Carpenter returning as part of the organization's coaching/advising staff. But he always will be a Cardinals Hall of Famer and that will bring him back here often enough.
Thank you and a Happy New Year to you, also. Arenado might be more inclined to leave if he doesn't perceive the Cardinals as a contender. They would be wise to convince him that they are.
My batting order doesn't have a DH yet because we don't have a universal DH yet. But the eight regulars, in batting order, would be Edman, Goldschmidt, O'Neill, Arenado, Carlson, Molina, DeJong, Bader. Bench would have Sosa, Knizner, Nootbaar, with one or two more to be determined although one of those would be a DH with youngsters Yepez and Gorman as candidates.
Hard to handicap yet but if there is no agreement by Feb. 1 or so, I can see spring training's start being delayed. If there is accord by Feb. 1, that gives everyone two weeks to get ready and then it could start on time.
There could have been some disappointment but, at that point, the team had to ready itself for its postseason run, which means giving key players a day off. Unfortunately, that run lasted one day.
The Cardinals profess to trying to make the playoffs every year, preferably by winning the division. But they still need some additions (two pitchers, one hitter) before they can feel really good about their chances.
They are conditioning both to be starters so stretching Reyes out as a long man and Hicks as a starter in the minors seems to be the best way to do that. The Cardinals still are high on both although perhaps not as much as they had been in earlier years.
Buddy Blattner was the Hawks' radio voice for many years.
Dylan Carlson showed near the end of the season that he is ready for the next level. DeJong should be better. Molina was not that bad, when you look at the numbers. He knocked in 66 runs, nobody steals on the Cardinals and who else would you want to handle the staff? They will not use a rookie as the full-time DH although rookies will get their chances at it. The Cardinals will sign one more hitter who could fill in as the DH besides backing up at corner infield spots.
Just for the record, Moran has a .323 batting average and .837 OPS for his career at Busch Stadium. That covers more than 100 plate appearances, which is more than a couple of good series. He "made" the Pirates' team. They just didn't want to pay him anymore. The younger players will get their chances, too. But you have to have some veteran backups and the Cardinals didn't have that last year, other than Carpenter, who wasn't very good.
From what I've hear, it's possible, on some levels. Don't know if he would be the .330 hitter that Albert was for much of his time here.
I would expect the Cardinals to sign one or two of the folks you mentioned but more on the reliever/spot starter side.