I'm not trading top prospects for a guy who can't even hit .170.
They didn't make the playoffs. They didn't draw that well. They had some contracts that were becoming too big for them. They said it's time to reboot from within.
If Stroman gets into the four- or five-year range, the Cardinals will be uncomfortable with that. But if they really had a shot at him, they might have to re-consider their previous philosophy.
First, I would have to see who's on the ballot to determine if Posey is a first-ballot HOFer or not. But if I think Molina is a Hall of Famer, I would have to consider Posey one, too. A catcher who was a batting champion and also caught for three World Series champions in a five-season span. He will be in.
The pitch clock actually hasn't been implemented during an inning, other than in a minor-league situation. But the game would be expedited if more strikes were called, or more pitchers threw a strike on the first pitch.
I can see three rookies playing at least 50 games--Nootbaar, Gorman, Yepez.
DeJong would have trade value to the teams which are losing their shortstops to free agency. But the Cardinals don't have to give him away if they still like him, and I think they do. I also still like him but I need to see something pretty quickly.
Until we see Yepez take at-bats against major league pitching, we still don't know anything really. Gorman has had at-bats in the spring against major leaguers in the past two camps and hasn't done that well. They both seem ready now but it doesn't hurt to have a veteran as Plan A. On the other matter. . . Bonilla could pitch, too. He did once anyway. We never saw Albert do that.
That would be an issue. But way too early to tell.
I would think the players would want it to take effect immediately. But I don't think it will go to four years.
I can't see Belt leaving San Francisco. And I do believe his outfielding days are over. I do like the player but this player wants to be a regular still.
Nootbaar was the fourth outfielder at the end of this past season and I see nothing to change that.
Graveman, who finished the season at the back end of Houston's bullpen, is a free agent.
I'm not sure I have that kind of clout.
Nootbaar will play a lot because he can play all three positions in the outfield. For instance, you could have O'Neill or Carlson as a DH once in a while and you plug in Nootbaar.
Some of the ones you mentioned are more spring training instructors, like Ozzie and Oquendo and which Edmonds has been in the past. You always take advantage of talent and experience in your organization. It didn't hurt when Gibson and Brock were around, even if they were just standing there.
This is something you probably should ask of them.
He's had pretty good staying power as a back end reliever despite not having a blazing fastball.
That would be 2016 in Reyes' case and, in Hicks' case, 2017 (105 at Peoria and Palm Beach).