I haven't heard any such rumblings.
I can't practically assure you the Cardinals won't make Peralta any offer next offseason. If Peralta performs well in the first half of the season, I don't think the Cardinals will have any reason to trade him. If he doesn't perform well, the Cardinals won't get anything in return for him. I bet he's here for the rest of the year.
He just needs to perform. Keep in mind that spring training numbers are rather meaningless. Most good front offices like the Cardinals' show up to spring training pretty much knowing what they'll do with the roster. You should never put too much stock on September and spring training performances for unproven major leaguers.
As a columnist you are paid to give your opinions. As a beat writer, I tried to keep my opinions in check.
I have to believe that Yadier Molina is on pace to joining Ivan Rodriguez in the Hall of Fame one day.
You can never rule out trades, but the starting rotation is pretty much set if there are no injuries.
I don't think the Cardinals' issues are much different than most clubs. Keep in mind, however, that the Cardinals have actually pushed younger arms up rather quickly. They don't mind testing their pitchers, which is why Wainwright, Martinez, Wacha and Gonzales played significant roles early in their career. Even Reyes played a key role late last season. I'm of the belief that you only have so many bullets in your arm, so I have no problem pushing the pitchers up quickly if they can compete.
Most of the new stadiums have better facilities, but Dodger Stadium is great too.
A coach's job is to win championships. He has to juggle his roster to be ready down the stretch. Sure, it's entertainment, but the key is to win and make deep playoff runs. With that in mind, you have rest guys at times. That coach, by the way, has won a few titles.
I'd probably be the last one to make it out because surely they would both work together.
That tag was a thing of beauty. With that said, he would have caught a lot of grief he had missed the tag. I don't think there is anybody better at applying tags than Baez, as we saw last year during the Cubs' playoff run.
I agree with you. Sobotka should come up only when pointing out how Doug Armstrong misread that situation badly and cost the Blues dearly last offseason.
I don't think so. Matheny got a nice contract extension this year. If the Cardinals struggle that badly this year, it would be because of injuries out of Matheny's control. They won't be that bad this year. Trust me.
I would assume the Cardinals owe it to Yadi and the organization to lock him up for two more years. Carson Kelly might disagree, though.
That stance is not too harsh. Unfortunately for teams, they cannot bar their established players from performing unless there is an injury concern.
I haven't given it much thought, to be honest. If Cuonzo accepts, I think it would be a great deal for Mizzou. He knows the area quite well, obviously.
The team appears tremendously more at peace with itself. The guys seem to have really tried to end the issues that came between them in the clubhouse last year.
I had been led to believe by a person I trust that Garcia's work visa would come in this week. I would expect it any day now. Actually, I expected it on Monday.
You make very good points.
That's a very good question. Major League Baseball security does some background searches. MLB tries to make sure players aren't lying about their identities or age.