Bobo's here for about 3 hours, then it's back to the NHL All-Star Weekend for me. So let's go!
While I hate the Parade of 1,000 Relievers as much as anybody, I have a hard time putting a restriction on strategy. And what about unintended consequences? Let's say you bring a guy in with one out, hoping he will close out an inning. But he hits the first batter, then misses the strike zone four times badly on the next guy. Now you're stuck with him for another batter as the game starts slipping away. Stuff like that is going to happen.
At some point he has to get into the discussion, right? He was a big part of a great era of baseball here. And he is just a class act in the game.
I share your puzzlement. The Cardinals waited out the market and got it where it was right. Having moved Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena, taking back Ozuna for one year would have been a value play. Now the team has made a major gamble, hoping to find production out of a prospect pile and what else the trade market could bear later. That's a gamble that could fail badly.
You may have to start out at Palm Beach, but if you can hit there you might climb up the depth chart by the All-Star break.
Right now that left-handed hitter might be Justin Williams, who is already on the 40-man roster. He showed some life late last season after coming back from a non-baseball injury. Like you say, there is not much on the market. The Cardinals will watch the spring developments as always to see if they can upgrade along the edge of the 40-man roster.
I am not excited about the Cubs or Brewers either, so barring a massive Reds breakthrough the Cardinals could have enough pitching to win 90 games To get there, a lot of wishes will have to come through on offense or the front office will have to add heft on the fly after sorting through the internal candidates.
There's always hope, right? Maybe Dylan Carlson can speed up his development and help save the day.
Either the rumor mongers haven't kept up with developments or people are convinced that both the Cardinals and Rockies are just being coy in public. I do think Arenado's displeasure with Rockies ownership could jar that franchise into doing something regrettable. If Nolan doesn't cheer up, that could force a trade. And, yes, the Cardinals could benefit from that if Bill DeWitt Jr. is willing to grant a budget exemption for this special case.
We had a glowing report from Jim Thomas on that. I was at the Media Day downtown, trying to record player comments in noisy free-for-all at the Stifel Theatre. Let's hope for less terrible weather for the street concerts,
Wong is one of the best position players in lineup with holes to fill. He has a team-friendly contract. So why would trading him be a good idea?
I can barely get up and down the stairs at age 63 and that dude is still crashing the net at 80. What a marvel. He had an incredible coaching career after the NHL and he stands as one of the sport's giants of his era for this playing/coaching impact.
Yeah, well, it doesn't quite work that way if you are one of the top five position players in baseball.
That is a fall-back. That assumes, of course, that Matt Carpenter can actually hold up playing third base full time. Otherwise Edman may be needed there. The Cardinals might get by in one of their question marks remain questionable, but if a couple of them got the wrong way then Mike Shildt will scratch his head raw trying to fill out a lineup card if Mozeliak can't find outside help.
I assume the Cardinals always leave the door open. And if things get bad enough, maybe Colorado would take back a salary to make the numbers work better in St. Louis.
Another cheery Warm-up reminded us that the long discussed fan boycott that would shake the Cardinals franchise to its very foundation remains unlikely.
Last year the owners all woke up at once and the market dried up for veterans seeking major cash. But this year several owners fell back into free-spending mode. Did Scott Boras shame them into this? Did declining attendance in several markets change the mood? Or did some owners simply check the vault and realize that they could afford to take on some risk? The Twins winning the Donaldson bidding was an example of that.
The players love the guy. He was a big part of the Stanley Cup win. But when you have major surgery that pushes reevaluation all the way to April, you're not hanging out with the team every day. Given No. 91's history of shoulder trouble, I imagine all parties will be cautious. Each re-injury makes the next recovery harder. At some point full recovery becomes impossible.
That package seems like, especially with Carpenter being forced upon the Rockies.
Most of the rumors generally circulated have no basis in fact. They are suppositions, based on sound analysis, educated guesses or, in many cases, pure whimsy. But in each sport there are a handful of insiders who spend all day swapping intel with agents, executives and various industry insiders. In the NHL, if Pierre LeBrun says something is afoot, it's afoot. In MLB, if Ken Rosenthal or Bob Nightengale offer some intel, then take it seriously. Sometimes executives will feed the insiders to plant a seed or float a trial balloon, Agents do the same thing all the time. But the top insiders in each sport weigh all this stuff carefully and they keep a pretty good handle on things. On the local level, the beat reporters keep a good handle on their team. The executives in this town have ranged from gossips who told all to guys (like Doug Armstrong) acting like they have state secrets, but usually there are people in the operation who at least give indications of what's happening.