I wonder if they could settle on a two-year, $25 million deal, which would be quite good but still a pay cut from his current five-year, $75 million deal.
I bet the Cardinals would be very pleased if Wacha could throw 180 innings, which would be 1 1/3 innings shy of the career-high he set during his All-Star 2015 season. He has never thrown more than 180 1/3 innings as a pro. He threw 149 2/3 in 2013 between the majors and Class AA Springfield, 109 in 2014 and 138 last year.
The Cardinals are not going to be sellers. That's just not what they do. So if Lance Lynn is performing well, they are likely to be in contention in July. If he's not performing well, they are probably not going to get much in return. So you better hope he performs well.
I don't have an update on Carpenter other than what Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel have reported.
I cannot stress this enough, but spring training stats don't mean anything. Piscotty is an established major league hitter, arguably the Cardinals second or third best player. When the bell rings, he's going to be ready unless he's hurt. There hasn't been any reason to believe he's hurt. I wouldn't worry about spring training stats.
From what I've heard they were just being cautious.
We covered it extensively already this spring and Derrick Goold even addressed it last spring.
I'm going with Piscotty on this one.
I agree 100 percent with you.
I would defer on Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel. They're the ones on alert for contract extensions.
Thank you so much for participating in this week's live chat. Have a blessed week. See you back next week. Thank you for reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.