I would assume that other teams will follow the Tigers' lead here and try to lock up some pitching help before Dec. 1. The Cardinals took a minor step in that direction by signing T.J. McFarland right away, with the hope they can do Luis Garcia, too. You may not see a lot of four-year and higher deals yet but you will see something on a smaller scale.
Jon Gray does not interest me as a long-term, high-dollar investment.
He has a chance because he's on the ballot but Ken Boyer hasn't fared well in other Era elections. I'm hopeful but not optimistic. I will never shy away from my theory that he was as good as or better than Ron Santo.
They might. With all their pitching, the Brewers discovered in October that they didn't have nearly enough offense.
We don't know that DeJong was the crux of any argument. To compare DeJong to Carpenter, though would be a disservice to DeJong because DeJong did provide power numbers and outstanding defense. And Carpenter, for all his past performance, wasn't able to do either.
Believe it nor, Reyes still is two years from free agency, as it stands now before a new agreement is reached.
With the way the game is played now, you can never have too many starters or relievers. So more bullpenners would be welcome, too.
I didn't know it was January 15 yet. I thought it was November 15.
First, the Cardinals were trying to spare their fans--and the two players involved-- a lot of uncertainty by signing Molina and Wainwright right away for, presumably, one last roundup. McFarland and the coaches were being rewarded for a strong finish by the team. It isn't like they're breaking the bank here. McFarland doesn't make that much and neither do the coaches, really.
Marmol is very much in touch with the analytics department so he would welcome their input before making that kind of decision. It depends on who's actually in his rotation, though.
Pending an adjustment in the next labor agreement, Flaherty can't be a free agent until 2024.
I don't think Gorman will be awarded the DH job unless he has a spectacular spring. I see a veteran hitter added to the club at some point--one who could play first base and the outfield.
I guess they could but Escobar likely would want to play more than he would play here--third base and first base are pretty well occupied. Or unless he is satisfied with being a DH. I can't see them investing in him for a bunch of years. If he wanted one or two, that would be different.
Some day, you may see Gorman at second and Edman at shortstop. I'd rather see Sosa and DeJong contest for the job, first, though, before I start moving a Gold Glover off second base. I wouldn't forget about Delvin Perez for the future, either. He will be only 23 next week.
Baker will be a first base/DH candidate in another year. He needs more time at Class AAA at the start of next season.
He seems to be a terrific relief pitching candidate. I don't know much more than that but he was very good at Springfield after being moved to bullpen in Peoria.
I think Girsch was saying that the Cardinals' defense--interior or exterior--would be good for any pitcher. But, like you, I am of the mind that ground balls are less dangerous than fly balls, depending on what park you're in. I don't think many teams sign fly-ball pitchers, per se, unless they are also high-strikeout pitchers.