Hello, I hope you all are well. Thanks for joining us today on this live chat. I was in the process of writing a blog on the SC St. Louis folks and lost track of time. Sorry about that. Fire away.
This is quite a loaded question. I don't get the feeling that the Cardinals are targeting any of the top players in this free agent market, if that's what you're asking. John Mozeliak made it clear that Brett Cecil was the big bullpen arm, so that means they weren't going to entertain Jansen or Chapman. Fowler might be the most expensive piece they target, but he's not exactly going to be in the Cespedes price range.
I would assume that Mozeliak refreshes his staff as much as he desires. I assume what you're asking is if I think Bill DeWitt Jr. bring another outsider like he did when they rightfully brought in Jeff Luhnow practically out of the street. As you remember, many folks resented Luhnow and bad mouthed him for years after he left. There was even a little hacking incident that became a federal investigation. I assume Bill DeWitt Jr. is comfortable with Mozeliak and his staff, so it would be up to Mo to bring in another assistant GM if he wanted. If he were planning to make such a move this year, it would have been made a few weeks ago.
It was a pretty generic interview. He doesn't address free agents. He still hopes to address CF, but he acknowledges that he remains willing to keep Grichuk in CF if a better opportunity arises to bring in a LF.
I honestly haven't been around long enough to know why anybody would say that. I must admit that the Cardinals' clubhouse is much different than any I've ever covered in New York or Houston. I have to give it another year and a full spring training before I feel comfortable commenting on what the players truly think in regards to playing for Matheny. I have heard that there has been a segment of bible thumpers in that clubhouse. That group reflects his personality, but I have no idea if that's a turn off for players. Also, keep in mind that there's a reason Jason Heyward decided he would rather play for a younger group last year. I've covered veteran teams before, so I know that veteran teams tend to be much different than say the 2016 Cubs or 2015 Astros that seemed to have more fun and party-like atmospheres after victories than the Cardinals. But even by veteran standards, I found the Cardinals clubhouse to be more reserved and perhaps even a tad stale compared to the veteran Astros I covered when Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Roger Clemens were in the last stages of their careers. Bagwell was a huge presence in the clubhouse before and after games, and I promise you nobody who covers the Cardinals will tell you any veteran in that clubhouse is a huge, consistent presence when the media around. With that in mind, it's hard for me to tell you how players feel about playing for Matheny.
Perro in Spanish means dog. A perron can also mean big dog if you didn't want to say perro grande.
It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals handle Yadier Molina's playing time next year. He's going to be play for Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic. I will make sure to ask this question to Matheny next week at the winter meetings and get back to you on Carson Kelly.
Only Cardinals fans would know that answer. I still don't know why the Cardinals decided to announce the decision the day they did. I assume they just wanted to let the fans know they had a chance to thank him that weekend.
Keep in mind that the Cardinals also scout their own players at the Arizona Fall League. But they probably had a good idea which players they wanted to protect. You have to send them anyway if you think they can benefit from the experience.
The Pirates actually let it be known at the last trade deadline that they were willing to part with McCutchen. I'm assuming if the Cardinals wanted him they could have had him a while ago. I honestly doubt that McCutchen is worth what the Pirates want for him. I haven't checked the advanced defensive metrics, but I wonder if he's even better than Grichuk.
I would assume that the Cardinals will wait until the Cubs win another World Series or cruise to another NL Central before they try to really engage in any substantial moves. After speaking with John Mozeliak yesterday, I got the sense that the Cardinals will stick with the same steady plan that has worked well for them in the past. Mozeliak told me as much yesterday when he said they'll not sacrifice 2018, 2019 and 2020 just to make a move that will help them only in 2017.
That's the gamble the Cardinals must weigh. I'll be honest with you, I would stick with Peralta.
The Blues are still not playing nearly as well as they will play. They need to get better, and they would be the first to tell you. But as they continue to improve and work toward correcting some of those mistakes they will really be good. What I love most about the Blues so far this year is how they fight for each other and are playing as a team. Just this morning, I was praising Bortuzzo and Reaves when I had breakfast with Ken Hitchcock. The character of this team is really standing out and helping them overcome play that is inferior to what they will show in a month or two. Remember I noted this today.
I don't think the Cardinals had any serious interest in Cespedes, but Derrick Goold would know more on that front. I haven't checked with him on that.
Ha. I would love to see the NFL in Mexico City, but you'd have to officially end all steroids testing because guys would claim they ingested steroid in Mexico City meat. Seriously, though, Mexico would be great for the NFL. The Mexican TV rights would be a big boost.
It's bad for players from Latin American players because it hurts their negotiating rights. A kid like Mark Appel at Stanford can decide to snub the team that drafted him and go to college for his senior year. A high school kid has the leverage of going to college if he doesn't like the bonus offer. Dominican kids don't. They will either have to sign for whatever slot they are given or not play. I would argue, though, that if they do start an international draft they should combine both drafts so that Latin kids and American kids are slotted together. Also, if you have an international draft, then teams should not be able to exploit kids and stash them in their academies. If you want to draft them like Americans, then bring them to the U.S. immediately after they are signed.
If they sign Fowler, I would assume Piscotty is in right field and Grichuk in left.
I have yet to know a team that likes to negotiate through the media. Players are more apt to do it when they want to get the fans to view their sides. As a journalist I understand perfectly well how it works. It's our job to dig the information. We can't expect it to be handed to us.
There's a lot to digest here. I think spousal abuse should draw a year's suspension. I don't understand why some knuckleheads cannot give off the weed. That's just plain stupid if you risk losing millions because you can't get off marijuana, but I must admit I have never tried it. Cyber spying in the business world is a serious crime. Chris Correa is a very bright guy who did a very stupid crime or a very bright guy who knew exactly what he was doing and is now paying the price. Either way, the law caught up with him.
I really appreciate the question, but it would be unfair for me to comment on what other folks cover. I'm too busy trying to figure out how to write columns well. I'm having a hard enough time adjusting to my job, so I am not in a position to play sports editor. With that said, if I were sports editor I would use all the budget to send me to every major event. (That was a joke.)
I would assume that Adam Wainwright will definitely bounce back this season, but it is probably a bit unfair to expect him to regain the form that made him an ace earlier in his career. If you can get 13-16 victories, 175 innings and a 3.25 ERA out of Wainwright next year, you should be very pleased.