It's a lot easier to work on your swing when you don't feel the pressure of trying to succeed in the big leagues. Moreover, teams cannot afford to let young guys work their swing out while the team is trying to win games.
He hasn't signed with another club.
I haven't watched a minute of the Gold Cup. It's hard to get into this year's tournament because we all know that the top two powers in CONCACAF are fielding B teams.
Bill DeWitt Jr. is opposed to tanking, so that's not going to happen. It's true that the Cardinals are going to need some free agent help to be serious World Series contenders, as we've mentioned often. Martinez is the only starting pitcher who would garner a hefty return, but I would keep him, make a pair of free agent upgrades in the summer and be ready to contend in 2018.
Your comments have been noted.
Stanton is the only franchise-type player, to use your word, likely to be on the trade market.
Josh Donaldson is actually about two weeks younger than Matt Carpenter. You have to keep in mind that Carpenter appears destined to finish out his career at first base.
As Bill DeWitt Jr. told me a few weeks ago, he doesn't go all-in in any season.
The Cardinals need to make some upgrades and continue to get younger and more athletic, which they acknowledge.
At this point, I would say Pham in left field, Fowler in center and Piscotty in right. Grichuk would be a backup.
Martinez outplayed Pham in spring training, and they were committed to seeing what Grichuk could do. Peralta and Broxton had contracts and thus were going to get a chance.
Well, first of all, you need those pieces this year if you want to make a playoff run this season. You can go after free agents in the offseason, so the price is only cash.
Why would you have anxiety about Bill DeWitt Jr.'s money? This is the only city I've worked in where the fans care about saving the owner's money. That is a rare trait in sports fandom.
It was an impressive campaign. I didn't participate, but I was impressed by the fans who stepped up.
I wish I could say the one in Houston, but I spent most of that one writing about how Phil Garner would be the next manager of the Astros in 2004.
That would be a reasonable trade.
I don't think that would get it done. You'd need more elite prospects.
They practically print money at Busch Stadium. I was asked about the Cardinals' payroll.
Garcia is knocking on the big league door. He's close.