To borrow a quote from Don Draper, "That's what the money is for."
Tons. Almost every catcher in the organization will get an NRI to spring training -- a non-roster invite, that is. The Cardinals and other teams need the catchers there to catch bullpens. They'll be going five, six pitchers at a time and just bringing in the roster catchers doesn't cut it. Carson Kelly, for example, wouldn't be a shock as an NRI so that he gets some exposure early in spring with the big-league catchers.
I think there is no shame in pitching like the second best pitcher in the league to Clayton Kershaw.
They couldn't. They shopped him around before non-tendering him because that's what teams do, but like the Cardinals there weren't any takers who were going to then tender him at the deadline and assure that he would get a raise from his $5 million via arbitration. The Cardinals didn't have the leverage because other teams would rather take their chance and sign him as a free agent -- where they could set the price and not give up a player. Not the Indians signed him at $4.5 million. Trade for him and he would have cost more.
He has. Organization believes that he's the next-best prospect hitter after Taveras who hasn't made his major-league debut yet. Club is high on him as an above-average corner outfielder who may not slug but will be that high-average, high-OBP production batter.
That would have been a longer conversation, yes. What it hard to gauge is how willing the Orioles really were to moving Hardy. Sure, they wanted to make the call and see if the Cardinals were low on Miller and looking to move him. The O's were being opportunistic -- or trying to be. I sense they would have been reluctant to move Hardy for less.
I enjoyed House of Cards and I did catch up on all of Breaking Bad this offseason. Tremendous.
Looks like they need some pitching to emerge from somewhere -- free agency? advancement of current pitchers? -- to maintain their foothold as a contender in the division.
It does seem like that's the future, but there hasn't been any imminent announcement made to employees. We are thinking about going with coin-operated chats, though. You game?
Breaking Bad's "The Fly" should be rewritten as a one-act play. Would be incredible.
He's auditioning for teams. There was a report that he asked for a major-league deal from a club. He's more likely to have to select from minor-league deals with invites to camp, and that does allow him to be choosy with his next step.
I missed the part where he hasn't done that. As much as any player entering his second year in the majors can be considered a "core" piece, Miller is that.
You would then be entirely within your right to also demand change. I'm around Winter Warmup.
I don't get that sense. You're judging a team's opinion of a pitcher based on usage only in October -- after one of them had pitched an entire season and was dealing with a shoulder soreness at the beginning of September that he revealed to the team and the other was protected all season long to be available for those innings in October. Don't misread the Cardinals opinion on who could help them best win in October 2013 as who they believe will be the most valuable pitcher for them in 2014. The scale was tilted by Wacha's availability and production. Miller had a whole season of proving his value to the club.
SS will be the biggest improvement vs. league average. RF, with Craig in it, will hold serve. 2B will be see the largest drop vs. league average.
There isn't always a shortage of catchers. The young catchers come from all levels to help out early in spring training. There is also the bullpen catcher, Pogue, who helps out and does some of the bullpens during spring training and the season. Matheny has taken the glove a few times to do some catching. He was limited this past spring by his back issue.
He should aim higher than Sudoku. Friday's crossword puzzle, at the least. Sunday by July.
If the Angels were in charge, that's where the press box would be.