There is no missing chapter. The Cardinals signed Miles Mikolas. Lance Lynn had a chance to secure his return by accepting the Cardinals' qualifying offer. He chose to move on, and so did the Cardinals. If you're asking if there are any hard feelings or backroom drama that we're keeping from you I promise you there is not.
I'll have to double check, but I thought the Cardinals' 40-man roster was full. Regardless, if the Cardinals wanted Hosmer and/or Holland they could easily make room on the 40-man roster for them. With all that said, there is nothing imminent between the Cardinals and Hosmer or Moustakas, according to somebody who would know.
I cannot speak and will not speak on the toughness of the St. Louis market or compare it to other markets. That type of question can only get me in trouble. I will tell you, however, that Michael Girsch ended our first lunch by telling me that his first impression about me after I wrote about him for the first time was that I was "an a--hole." We laughed and I thanked him for his candor. Oh, and we're planning to have lunch again next week. My goal is for sources and readers to understand that I'm going to give my opinion I better be willing to accept their opinion as well. When I write something negative I show up to the ballpark or arena the very next day.
Thanks for the compliment. Derrick Goold is one of the best baseball writers in the country. As I get in a rhythm I tend to click on the next questions. I didn't read it until it was on the screen. I don't mind you taking shots at my work, but leave my colleagues out of it. All I can tell you is that I base my opinions on years of experience. I don't take cheap shots.
I disagree with your assessment. You mean to tell me that Ozuna's addition doesn't make the Cardinals much better than what they lost from Piscotty and Grichuk? You're wrong there. Gregerson isn't likely to be far off Juan Nicasio's level, but let's not pretend Nicasio was Trevor Hoffman, Mariano Rivera, Billy Wagner, Lee Smith or even Jason Isringhausen. You lost Lance Lynn, but you're gaining Miles Mikolas and Alex Reyes. I think the Cardinals are better now than they were last year. We'll soon find out.
I don't know what will happen to SLU. If they win and reach the NCAA Tournament consistently they'll be fine in any league. They need to win, and they'll have to overcome the off-the-court issues that plagued them this year to built a solid foundation next year.
Fulller hit .161 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 118 at-bats in his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals last season. Delvin Perez struggled a bit last year in his first full season in the minors. I would say 2020 is the absolute earliest you can expect Perez, but it might be closer to 2021.
I only watched the Cardinals from afar until 2016, so that is only what I can address. The Cardinals are trying to compete, but they also realized last year that it didn't make as much sense to throw good money after bad at the trade deadline.
I don't know how we can quantify if a player is a winner or not. That seems subjective in a team sport.
That's an interesting theory.
Can we wait until spring training before we say Ozuna won't have any protection?
I've gone on the record saying that I think they'll make the playoffs. The rotation promises to get better as the season goes on once Jack Flaherty and Alex Reyes are ready to contribute. They have solid protection if Adam Wainwright struggles. They have a decent bullpen. Moreover, they have enough talent in the system to go out and get a significant piece at the trade deadline if the team lives up to expectations.
I haven't heard that the county and city are working together on an MLS Stadium, if that's what you're asking.
I have no control over the president.
I didn't even know such a curse existed.
They're probably waiting on a better offer. I'm sure the Rays also want to wait a bit after their most famous fan, Dick Vitale, ripped them on Twitter for trading Longoria. Most folks in baseball still expect the Rays to trade Archer.
OK, if you were the general manager of the Cardinals in 2017 would you have really given up prospects trying to fill all the holes the club had at the trade deadline in order to be a legit playoff contender. At that point in the season, I wouldn't have blamed the Cardinals if they had unloaded some players and focused on 2018.
This will not be Mike Matheny's last season because the Cardinals will have a strong season and reach the playoffs. You heard it here first.
I wouldn't have a problem if either Fowler and Carpenter led off or hit second. Carpenter definitely appears to feel most comfortable leading off. Fowler can also be a solid No. 3 hitter.
I cannot tell you how surprised I am that some fans are acting as though this free agent class is full of superstars. This is a weak free agent class. Remember the old saying that if front office executives listen to fans and media they'll eventually join them in the stands. Good executives have a plan and execute it without worrying about what the fans think because fans will ultimately only care if you win or lose.
It's fair to assume that the Cardinals are monitoring all markets, but I promise you that the people who know assure me nothing is imminent.