And the trouble with pitchers is that most of them will have transmission trouble at some point. As noted often in these chats, Bill DeWitt Jr. is risk-averse and there is nothing riskier than committing huge chunks of your payroll to individual veteran starting pitchers. But . . . spending sort-of big money on mid-level veteran pitching is risky too, as the Cardinals learned again and again.
Brad has said all the right things about Skyy and wanting to keep him in the family. Brad does care for his players a great deal. But his style is his style and that is not going to change. By and large, he has found players from a variety of places willing to meet that challenge.
I don't see the team trading for an outfielder with O'Neil, Carlson and Nootbaar returning, Burleson and Walker in development, Yepez able to play in the outfield (sort of) and Moises Gomez getting look in the spring.
Dakota Hudson is a big league pitcher. He is well past Tommy John surgery and his time is now. Don't forget, he pitched the third-most innings on the team last year. So he should be the sixth starter/long reliever.
The Cardinals do not share that assessment so, no, I do not expect the team to trade for a couple top-of-the-line starters now.
I agree that the Gomillion Effect has waned because his great effort can't overcome his talent gap against SEC opponents. He is a great energy guy to bring off the bench to add toughness and stir things up. As for Carter, he has the potential to be a solid defender because he has both the heft to body up and the vertical to block some shots coming from the weak side. But like Gomillion, sometimes he tries to do too much.
Adam is 43 years old and hasn't played since 2014. I do not see the fit.
The Cardinals have myriad options for DH, led by Juan Yepez, Nolan Gorman and Willson Contreras when he doesn't catch. Yepez could also back up at first base.
Your warm embrace of Trevor Bauer in emotion not widely felt elsewhere in Our National Pastime.
Prospect Deniers keep overlooking the fact the Cardinals just got fantastic, season-saving production from a bunch of prospects. They keep pretending that these guys never pan out, even though a bunch of them just did.
The Cardinals won't. Maybe another team is willing to deal with it, but I'd be surprised.
The World Baseball Classic comes with some injury risky, but it will also get guys ready to go for the real games.
It appear that Underwood has his team back on the track. He has a shorter playing rotation, but more team focus. Terrence Shannon Jr. is locked in again, which is great, but which Coleman Hawkins shows up?
His idea of "consensual relations" is problematic to Major League Baseball and a lot of teams. Go ask the Dodgers, who are paying a lot of money not to play for them.
Again, I have no insight into the hiring process for that job. I'm sure we'll see something soon.
I see him as a DH who can fill in at second base. I see no need to take Donovan off second base.
I'd be surprised if Tyler ONeill ends up playing a lot of center field. And Burleson has a ways to go to earn corner outfield or DH work. He made great strides last season and he put himself in line, but he's behind some guys -- and he has Jordan Walker at the door.
Perhaps they will address those positions when they see the need. Right now I don't believe they see the need.