If he remains healthy, Lynn is likely to get a long-term contract in excess of $16 million a year this winter. The Cardinals aren't likely to want that commitment at a time when Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver, Dakota Hudson, Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara are knocking at the door.
I can only speak for myself. I committed to do a weekly live chat when I accepted the column. My chat has grown in length over the last two months as more folks have asked questions. I try to answer as many questions as possible until the questions are redundant. My goal lately is to go at least three hours each Wednesday.
Teams are forbidden from divulging which players are put through waivers, so I cannot answer that question without guessing or going by unconfirmed reports. I did see a report that said Justin Verlander had passed through waivers.
I wouldn't say it's a forgone conclusion, but it would be surprising if Lynn re-signs with the Cardinals this winter once other teams can bid for his services.
I don't think the Cardinals can take out the Dodgers in the Division Series, but I wouldn't be surprised if they reached the playoffs either. The Cardinals would be wise to see what this roster can do and perhaps make upgrades via trade only for players who will be here for more than a few years. The Cardinals will be wise to not give up long-term assets for an expensive rental in hopes of trying to reach the playoffs.
Great question. Without looking at stats, I would say that I would vote for Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong. Jedd Gyorko and Carlos Martinez would have been my favorites before the All-Star break, but they have tailed off. Pham has really made an impact this season on the field and in the clubhouse.
I would vote for Altuve as my AL MVP. I do not envision the Astros being able to keep Springer, Correa and Altuve together beyond 2020. Altuve can be a free agent after 2019, and Springer will be a free agent after 2021. Correa will be a free agent after 2022. I can envision the Astros re-signing Altuve and then picking between Correa and Springer when it's time to give out another major free agent contract in a bidding war against other teams.
It all depends how the Cardinals do in the next two weeks. If they remain in contention, I bet they'll make a deal by Aug. 31.
There is a limit of coaches that can be in the dugout during a game, but there isn't a limit on the number of coaches a major league team can employ.
I haven't kept up with that situation. I don't know nearly enough about Hernandez's suit to form an opinion. Sorry.
I don't think Molina's Instagram post has had any impact on Carson Kelly's playing time. Molina's post had nothing to do with Kelly. He merely wanted to disagree with Matheny's opinion regarding whether he appeared tired or not.
I've been pretty adamant that this team wasn't good enough to justify giving up prospects for short-term assets. Mozeliak also was in a difficult position in terms of potentially being a seller because, you might remember, Adam Wainwright was on the disabled list. With Wainwright on the disabled list, it would have been difficult to hinder the rotation by trading Lynn away. If I were the general manager or president of baseball operations and I worked for an owner who doesn't believe in tanking, I would have done the same thing. Mozeliak has given the Cardinals a chance to prove they can compete. If they remain in the hunt or even take the division lead this month, however, I fully expect Mozeliak to make a deal to improve the team's playoff chances.
I've spoken with Bill DeWitt, Jr., about this subject, I am almost 100 percent certain the Cardinals wouldn't be interested in Stanton's contract or one similar to his.
I haven't seen the ranking, so I cannot comment on it. I don't know how one can decide who is the worst manager in baseball, so it would be unfair of me to comment on something I haven't seen.
I have to believe that Piscotty assumed he was on the cusp of turning his season around. You have to appreciate that these guys have tremendous confidence. It's not about intelligence. Keep in mind that Aledmys Diaz was also shocked when he was demoted. Also, it's important to appreciate that Piscotty just received a six-year, $33.5 million contract in April. With such a contract, I bet he though the Cardinals would let him work out of this prolonged slump.
I actually don't mind the wave and cannot believe so many folks hate it. I did cover the NCAA Wrestling championships here this year.
I cannot wait to find out the nicknames on the Cardinals' jerseys. I'm assuming Martinez will be Tsunami, but I wonder what the other nicknames will be.
As long as Matt Carpenter is around and Kolten Wong is playing as well as he has been playing, you have to believe that Voit will remain a backup first baseman and pinch hitter. That's just the role that is open for him at this time.
Kelly has nothing to prove at Class AAA. I don't know if we can say that about Voit, but I wouldn't disagree with anybody who made that assessment.
If he continues to pitch well, the market won't sour for him. If he struggles down the stretch, the Cardinals will opt to let him go. Either way, I wouldn't expect him to re-sign here once he hits the open market.
I would assume that Gyorko will get the bulk of the playing time if he rediscovers the stroke that disappeared since the calendar hit July.