I've never asked Mike Matheny that question. He has a good job right now. I'm sure he would draw interest from other clubs in the future if he's no longer with the Cardinals. Despite what his critics say, he actually has won a lot of games in his first managerial stint with the Cardinals.
History tells us that we never know. I will say that it's important to remember that this year's GM meetings and winter meetings were a week later than usual. I also will point out that many teams were waiting to see what happened with the Stanton trade market. I'll also point out that even the best free agents on this year's market don't exactly compare to what's coming up in next year's free agent class. As I noted last year multiple times, there is a belief among scouts that some team will ultimately regret overpaying for J.D. Martinez. He's the biggest fish in this free agent class, but it's not as though many teams are fighting for his services.
Wow. I hadn't heard about that. I'd love to see him here. It sounds as though he's a genuine stud. I'm sure a month or two with the Blues won't hurt his development too much.
I definitely think that Martinez has earned a chance to get more at-bats.
I'm going to share my feelings about Allen in my column in Friday's paper, but there are some serious concerns about Allen at this point. I wonder about his psyche. He seems to suffer from confidence at times.
The lineup has gotten much better with Ozuna instead of Piscotty. It remains to be seen how they make up for Lynn's innings, but Reyes could be a much better front-line starter than Lynn. In May, a rotation with Martinez, Reyes, Weaver, Wacha and Wainwright or Mikolas would be better than Martinez, Wacha, Weaver, Wainwright and Lynn.
Yelich isn't coming to St. Louis. He doesn't fit in that outfield anymore. I don't necessarily agree that they need another bat at this point. They need another bullpen arm more than another bat, in my opinion. Could another one help? Sure, but they're not in a desperate need to land one yet. That's not to say they can't or won't get one if the price is right.
I would never say that. It's impossible to quantify that. I will say they improved with Ozuna, though.
The team in 2017 wasn't good enough to merit a July 31 upgrade. It would have been foolish to throw good money after bad for a team that had too many holes last year. This year, they've addressed a significant void in the lineup. They're open to addressing the bullpen as well.
Grichuk can definitely serve as a fourth outfielder. He can play all three outfield positions well, so he can help give a breather to each of the starting outfielders.
There definitely is plenty of blame to go around. Allen is struggling and the defense is playing poorly, which makes for a terrible combination.
I must have missed the story where Stanton said all those things.
I'm sure we'll hear quite a bit about him this spring. The Cardinals still have plenty of outfield depth to play around with. I wouldn't say he makes Grichuk or Bader expendable yet, though.
All I can tell you is that Pham has earned his chance to prove that last year was no fluke. He had previous problems with his eyes, but he thrived after addressing his eyesight issues.
I'm sure Matheny can be creative enough to use them effectively.
Unless the Cardinals can get Josh Donaldson, I would start Gyorko at third and Matt Carpenter at first. I feel more confident with those guys at those positions.
No. It's time to realize the Cardinals aren't interested in Yelich.
I think the Cardinals have the roster to compete with the Cubs. If you consider the young pitchers who should be ready to contribute this year, beginning with Reyes, I would say the Cardinals have reason to optimism.
Considering all the trouble the Blues got in their quest to have their Scottrade Center upgrades, I feel certain that no NBA team is going to relocate to St. Louis.