Thanks, but that's a little strong. I guess there always is a chance Albert can return but he will be 42 and isn't likely to be able to play in the field much any more. I haven't disclosed my own retirement plans yet but I hope the public is not breathless in awaiting them.
I wouldn't think so. But I don't see Ramirez high on their list. He wants to play everyday and the Cardinals are strong at third and second, which are his two best positions. But he can hit, no question, and with power from both sides of the plate.
Too risky to stick with what you have. You need to have at least nine pitchers wo can start--some of them could open the season in the minors--and the Cardinals need a veteran, probably a lefthander, younger than the ones they were using this past season although Lester intrigues me a little. .
Brad Miller would be a good sign as a DH type who could back up at third and first. You mention the names of some good pitching prospects but there has to be one more veteran who can start. As for Nootbaar, that's a good sign although I consider him a big leaguer. He's too good for that league.
Interesting question but I would take Wainwright as the righthander on his longevity and production and Tudor for his spectacular 62-26 record here as a lefthander.
But it is a big-league job.
He needs to spend much of a season in Triple-A. He is still in their plans. But not in April's plans, as I see it now.
Bake McBride, because of his longer stride. Of course, he is 72 years old.
Theo Epstein similarly was active with the Cubs are president of baseball operations although, in their case, general manager Jed Hoyer seemed more visible than Michael Girsch as Cardinals GM. But the Cardinals like Girsch very much and wouldn't let the Mets talk to him.
Nelson Cruz was just playing too close on that play. No error should have been charged officially but it should have been on the Rangers to move him back a little nearer the fence.
I didn't put that connection together but we're just not going to know unless Shildt wants to talk about it some day after he has a new job. That conversation likely won't come for a while though.
Yes, I think it would be very hard to attract a starter who is interested in his wins and strikeout totals to sign on in a situation where starters aren't valued as much. The Dodgers are a little different than Tampa Bay, though, because Buehler, Urias and Scherzer did go deep into games during the regular season.
The Cardinals have not done well in large-term commitments to free-agent pitchers, including five years to Mike Leake. I am not anxious to invest long-term in a shortstop considering the Cardinals have two potential regulars here in Sosa and DeJong with a rising prospect in Delvin Perez slated for Triple-A next year and a long look in Cardinals camp next spring.
The next news of note should be the revelation of the coaching staff, which shouldn't be too much of a surprise. The list of Cardinals free agents will be known although no surprises are expected there either.
He's a public figure. Therefore, newsworthy. .
It definitely would lead to more offense if pitchers had to face hitters three or four times. And then you'd have even longer games. A significant rules change in the majors would be a pitch clock. But that will be a tough one to sell.
It surely would have to be more than that, wouldn't it? I think working for the Mets would be part of it. Not the most well-run operation lately. l
I think he has been in the philosophy of swing at the first good pitch you see. You can't blame all issues on a hitting coach, though. He is not the guy with the bat in his hand.
I don't believe Beltran is the "fall guy." But he may not have applied for any other jobs except the manager's job he got with the Mets. I would be OK with them hiring him back. Alex Cora returned although he had won a World Series title along the way.
The starting pitching doesn't look strong enough or deep enough to me, no matter how many names you put out there. Perez is still a shortstop of the near future, I think. I know Thompson hasn't been good lately but I hesitate to trade lefthanded pitchers with talent.