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This is a very good question. I would assume that Leone will be the first option to close, but clearly the Cardinals realize that Hicks can pitch important innings late in games. I assume his role will increase as he strings good outings together.
If Hicks hadn't been late multiple times this spring, he would have gotten a longer look in camp. The fact is that he has electric, overpowering stuff. He was so impressive, the Cardinals realized he had a good chance to have success in the majors.
Thank you very much. I haven't heard of any corresponding moves yet.
I agree with your assessment. The Cardinals have a very athletic outfield in the majors, Class AAA and Class AA. I wouldn't rule out Marcell Ozuna re-signing with the Cardinals. He's a special talent, but I agree that the guys you mentioned give the team plenty of quality, athletic outfield depth.
I don't know what to say. Sorry.
Yes and yes. As I wrote a week ago when I made the case for Jack Flaherty to be on the opening day roster as reliever if he wasn't going to be in the starting rotation, the Cardinals owed it to themselves to bring up the best arms up. Wainwright's hamstring opened the door for Flaherty in the rotation. Hicks' case is a bit different because he kicked the door in with his brilliant performance.
I wouldn't say it's a case of envisioning a crowded rotation as much as recognizing that Hicks has a special arm.
I don't know. I would hate to speculate at this time.
The players' association roots for all its members. I wouldn't say they're cheering for the Giants more than other teams.
I grew up in Los Angeles listening to the legendary Vin Scully in English and Jaime Jarrin in Spanish. Those two men are still among my childhood heroes.
Clearly you understand how much this move could cost the Cardinals in terms of control. That should give you an indication of how committed the Cardinals are to win now. Other teams play the control game. I'm not saying the Cardinals don't do it, but they also know Hicks can help them immediately. This move is a testament to the Cardinals' desire to set the right tone early.
As you might know, I'm adamant that one shouldn't put too much weight on spring stats for guys who are established. Pham's season last year showed that he can be special in the majors. I wouldn't worry about his spring stats.
It's way too early to judge the trades, in my opinion. With that said, I really like the return the Cardinals got for those two outfielders.
I'm waiting to see what the Cardinals will do. Please keep in mind, though, that it wouldn't make sense to put Reyes on the 60-day disabled list if he has a chance to come up and help you in May.
You mention options. If Hicks struggles, he can go back to the minors for more development. His arm is special, and the Cardinals could use him.
Mikolas had quite the turnaround this spring. After two Grapefruit League starts fans were ready to ship him back to Tokyo. He finished the spring on a strong note. I'm excited to see how he performs this season.
Honestly, that's a difficult question. I haven't spoken with John Mozeliak this week, so I don't have a feel for the situation.
I think Brebbia is a solid reliever. I thought he deserved to be on the 25-man roster, and he appeared to have a spot locked up until Hicks pitched his way to the majors.