Good afternoon from cloudy Jupiter, Fla. I hope you're all doing well. Please fire away.
First of all, John Mozeliak doesn't speak in absolutes. I'm sure if Lynn's price fell low enough and the Cardinals had a rash of injuries the Cardinals would bring him back. In other words, they'd bring him back under extreme conditions. You are correct, though, the Cardinals have made it pretty clear that Lynn's days with the organization are over. I don't agree that they're not handling this situation in a businesslike manner. What else should they say if they don't want him back?
Great minds think a lot. I actually asked John Mozeliak this question today. Mikolas is essentially a lock for the starting rotation at this point, but Jack Flaherty is putting himself in a good position this spring. He's leaving a strong impression, but at this point he's still seemingly headed to Memphis to start the season.
He's progressing, but he's still not ready to play in a game.
Unfortunately, I don't know. I'll have to ask questions about this subject and get back to you next week.
Wainwright has looked good. He held the Nationals to one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings. I would say today was a good step forward as Wainwright prepares for the season.
I would say that the Cardinals have very good pitching depth. I wouldn't give up on Wainwright yet, and it's too early to give up on Mikolas. With all that said, I would say the most pessimistic Cardinals fans should find optimism in how well Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber and Alex Reyes have looked this spring. Reyes has looked so good on side sessions, Adam Wainwright predicts that he could be an ace-like pitcher by the end of the season. Not many teams have those types of arms lined up to help later in the year.
The Cardinals did discuss a two-year offer with Pham. The Cardinals have an algorithm they use to determine what to offer players to buy out pre-arbitration years, arbitration years and free agent years.
I didn't say one injury. I said a rash of injuries. Don't forget that they have John Gant, Austin Gomber and Jack Flaherty making cases if another starter is needed early in the season. It's also important to remember that Alex Reyes is almost ready as well.
It was definitely a positive step forward for Wainwright.
They've been pretty candid with fans. I don't think they assume fans are stupid. If anything, they love to say that they have some of the most knowledgeable fans in baseball.
I don't agree. Do you realize the price they paid for Marcell Ozuna? I'd bet you my paycheck that nobody in the Cardinals' clubhouse thinks they aren't good enough to compete for a playoff berth this year. The outfield should be one of the best in baseball if healthy. The pitching depth is much stronger than fans appreciate, but they clearly have to answer questions.
The traveling secretaries are usually the ones who make those decisions.
Utility infielder Greg Garcia, who hit his first home run of the spring and is having a nice day today, is the backup shortstop. Jedd Gyorko can also play short.
I'm writing a column for Friday's paper on this subject. I asked about Mikolas' status today. I'll elaborate more later, but keep in mind that they committed $15.5 million over two years for Mikolas. He'll be given a chance to prove he's worth that contract.
There isn't one at this point, but, as Mike Matheny told us yesterday, Carpenter will need to get out there soon if he hopes to have his timing down at the plate for opening day.
I've found that the best way to connect with our readers is to show a passion in telling stories about their favorite players and to take them behind the scenes. There are diverse opinions in St. Louis, so it's impossible to say that I differ with fans on any specific subject.
I haven't heard any rumblings in that regard.
I haven't heard about that subject coming up in the clubhouse.
First of all, I'm not a fan, so I wouldn't be concerned one bit. I don't think Cardinals fans should have reason for concern with DeJong because those deals prove to be team-friendly more often than not. It's a gamble for both sides, though.