I would safely bet that American gridiron football will never been an Olympic sport.
I don't know how realistic it is to expect Wainwright to be a shutdown closer at this stage in his career. Why would you make Wacha a reliever when he can help you as a middle-of-the-rotation starter? That makes no sense to me.
There is still plenty of time before pitchers and catchers report, so I wouldn't rule out a trade for Colome yet.
I can pretty much promise you that the Cardinals aren't going to land Bryce Harper, but I wouldn't rule out Manny Machado. Take that for what it's worth.
Let's just wait until pitchers and catchers report before we whine too much. Get back to me in May when Alex Reyes is in the rotation.
I haven't said that since last year. My point was merely that it was time to move on.
I would put my money on the Cardinals acquiring a closer via trade or free agency before the Blues make a trade for a goaltender. Remember, Carter Hutton has been playing well.
They still see Wainwright as a starter.
I just saw that. Very well deserved. Alex Pietrangelo has been one of the best defensemen in the NHL this year, and Schenn has been outstanding. It's interesting to see that Vladimir Tarasenko didn't earn an All-Star bid. That's a huge snub, but he has not been playing up to his standards lately.
They need a closer. If they can address their closer situation and get a quality one, they'll be fine. Remember, the bullpen is the biggest reason they didn't reach the playoffs last year. As bad as they played at times, they would have likely been in the playoffs if their bullpen had been strong.
I agree 100 percent. The vital need is the closer. That's where the main focus should be.
Carpenter is such a bad ass willing to play hurt without complaining, I wonder how much his side issues affected his throws. I would rather have him at first. Some scouts have told me his arm isn't good enough to have him at third, but I wonder if he was held back because of injuries at times. I'd rather see Gyorko at third and Carpenter at first, though.
First of all, there were clear signs that Diaz lacked the defensive skills to play shortstop at a high level. Piscotty dealt with personal problems that you cannot underestimate. I fully expect DeJong to be fine.
I agree 100 percent with you. Pham has done everything possible to prove that he deserves a starting spot. He's the reigning team MVP, and he'll be a key player again this year.
I should have said before spring training. I apologize. They'll be able to have the flexibility to get the relief help they need for the back of the bullpen before camp or during camp via trade if necessary.
I don't see that at this point, no. If Hosmer indeed has two seven-year offers for $140 million I don't see him settling for what the Cardinals would be willing to pay.
I think Flaherty can be a legit No. 3 starter or better.
I've reached out to Paul Edgerley, and he emailed back a day later. I haven't reached out to Kavanaugh in a while. I did reach out to Dave Peacock, but I haven't heard back from him. It might make sense to check back with these gentlemen.
Thank you very much. Martinez has a very good heart. He's a fun-loving guy who is often misunderstood and at times given people reasons to doubt his maturity, but you should never doubt his sincere desire to help the less fortunately. I have a lot of respect for Wainwright and I wouldn't bet against him. He's a proud man who will do everything within his power to finish his career on a respectable note.
That's a very good question. I don't know the answer, but I get the sense that he's the team's best overall offensive motor. He plays the game the way Tarasenko and others should, meaning he puts 100 effort on every part of the game.
Kolten Wong appears on the verge of taking yet another positive step in his big league career. Why would you give up on him to pay more for Castro? I wouldn't do it.
Flexibility was my word, not the Cardinals'. I noticed what they were doing with their roster and approached Mozeliak about it. I think they need another bullpen arm, preferably a closer. I wouldn't say they need another bat, though.
There are many people who believe that Belichik will leave the Patriots for the Giants. I wouldn't bet against it.
I haven't verified that report, but if Hosmer were to come to the Cardinals that would be the type of offer he would get here. He's not getting seven years from the Cardinals. I can promise you that.
The Cardinals aren't interested in Moustakas, I'm told.
There were many. Here are my Top 10 in order in terms of my working relationship with them and their access:Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, Edgardo Alfonzo, Billy Wagner, Roy Oswalt, Brad Ausmus, Brad Lidge, Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran, Moises Alou, Armando Benitez. In St. Louis so far, including coaches, I would say my Top 6 are Ken Hitchcock, Carlos Martinez, Sandy Alcantara, Vladimir Tarasenko, Aledmys Diaz, Mike Matheny. I notice a pattern there.
The Cardinals are still open to acquiring a closer or reliever for the back of the bullpen, so that's a clear sign that they don't think they've already done enough.
I don't want to sound like a homer, but if you consider that this is now being referred to as a Cold Stove instead of a Hot Stove, I challenge you to find a team that has been more active this winter. The Cardinals landed one of the top bats on the trade market, a darn two-time All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner. The market has been cold, so let's not pretend that anybody is done shopping yet.
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