Odorizzi arriving in Kyle Lohse fashion would make a lot of sense if the Cardinals don't like the way things are trending with Miles Mikolas. Cards were in discussions with him before spring training. I think he would be very interested in joining if he deemed the offer fair. Offer might get better if Cards' need for a starter increases.
Where things stand today, I have a hard time seeing how the Cardinals are going to become so pitching rich so quickly that trading their opening-day starter who is not a free agent until 2024 would make much sense. Wainwright is on a year-to-year deal. Kim is a free agent after this season. Martinez is in a contract season. Hudson will have to come back from TJ. Mikolas has to prove he's healthy before we can assume much of anything. Even if young pitchers emerge, and it sounds like they should with Liberatore and Thompson climbing fast, Flaherty should still probably be a part of the team's plans. I have no reason to think he's not. If things get so sour between Flaherty and the Cardinals over arbitration, then maybe a trade is the answer instead of a long-term extension. But I think there is a long, long road before that decision would be made, and I think the offer of a strong extension -- if and when it comes, which will of course depend some on how Flaherty pitches this season -- can go a long way toward smoothing over previous contract disputes. The Cardinals tend to find ways to keep their young star players, especially on that first contract that keeps them from free agency. Flaherty isn't going to be as easy as some, but I think this conversation about his future and the blanket assumptions that it won't be in St. Louis have gotten way out ahead of reality.
Nothing all that newsworthy at the moment. There was a brief status hearing this week and another one scheduled for March 10. I need to find out of that Eric Grubman deposition ever got scheduled. I can tell you what might be coming, and it's not great news, but it's understandable. I think there's a decent chance the trial gets pushed back to 2022 because of the pandemic. There's a real logjam of cases, and the size of the jury has raised some questions about how exactly that would work. Don't be shocked if it gets pushed back as a result.
The Golden Rule works in a lot of ways, baseball included.
Point taken, but when you are buying tickets to an exhibition game, exhibition-type things are going to happen. I hope you see my point. Today, folks who attended found out the game had been cut from nine innings to seven. I can see how that would be disappointing, for sure. Would it happen if the place was full instead of limited fans who were just happy to get in? Maybe not. But you take some risk when you spend money on exhibition games, if your goal of going is to see a game played straight up. For many, it's not.
You are not the only one who feels this way. I tend to disagree, but in general the rule went over better than I thought it would.
Efficient. Sharp. Looked like last season all over again. He's healthy, confident and looking to build off of 2020.
Ha! Nice call back. I won last year, though the shortened season should probably be graded on a curve, I'll admit. It was reassuring to see I wasn't completely wrong about Ozuna. The guy he was with the Braves was the guy I thought he could be with the Cardinals. Just never happened. The shoulder. The pressure. The lack of help around him. A little bit of everything, I guess. Yelich, especially in Miller, proved he has the power I wasn't sure he did. I'll gladly admit that.
I'm not anti-fan and sure hope I don't come across that way. I'm just a realist. They could do that, sure. But if they don't have to, they won't. They will do what makes the most money. That's what a lot of business will do. The consumers can dictate changes based on what they do or don't buy.
Based on the comments from the team about potentially needing to limit Reyes' innings a bit and the comments about being impressed by Martinez's offseason, the smart money seems to be on Martinez. I'm still a bit hesitant to assume Martinez is a lock to start. I think the chance of him being there at the start of the season are higher than him being there at the end, just based on what we have watched in recent seasons, and the trouble he's had staying healthy.
Paul Dejong would like a word.