Greetings. It's an off day on the Cardinals schedule, but a chat day where it matters -- on the StlToday.com schedule. Cannot promise a marathon chat today because I do have some honey-do and other commitments on one of those rare home days without a game. So David Price and Evan Longoria took in the Cardinals-Dodgers game Sunday night, and they'll open up a series against the Cardinals with the Rays here Tuesday. Can't imagine what the topics will be today. I can just be sure it won't be a placid chat. Rarely is 'round here. Had some fun shooting video of an All-Star Baseball Game the boy wonder and I played this morning, too, so I'll sprinkle in some multi-media bits, too. Off we go ...
The Cardinals not playing Taveras would be a reason TO trade him. If he's only going to sit here then he's an asset that can be used elsewhere. Remember the Colby Rasmus trade back in 2011? Let me tell you about one of the motivations for that trade: A diminishing asset. Rasmus had his playing time cut by Jon Jay and there's the chance that he was never more valuable to ANOTHER team at that point, where he was less valuable to the Cardinals. They didn't want his market appeal to fade with his playing time so they looked to move him. Enter Taveras. Same with Shelby Miller. If the Cardinals aren't going to use them in roles that other teams will then they have to discuss a deal just to see if they can maximize their values.
Innings are going to have to come from somewhere, or they won't be in first for long.
Not usually. But the Rays aren't here that often, and St. Louis does have a reputation ...
That's coming this afternoon. He met with the team doctor and had the MRI this morning -- according to his schedule. The Cardinals are going to have those reviewed and, as Rick Hummel reported in this morning's paper, Wacha is hopeful that he'll start a throwing program. I will keep the chat updated with the news as it's available.
He's shown no signs of wear, but it is something to watch, especially as he comes out of an All-Star Break that really had no break at all in it for him. He had a few innings in the minors last season and was in a far different role, so keep that in mind that not all innings are created equal and an innings to innings comparison isn't exact in this case. Watch the results. Watch for fatigue. The Cardinals have been a little more steady with his schedule than they have been when pushing Trevor Rosenthal.
I get this question a lot. Let's break it down. Allen Craig signed an extension that guarantees him more than $30 million and through the 2016 season. There is a $13-million team option on top of that. Giancarlo Stanton signed a one-year, $6.5-million deal for this season to avoid arbitration with the Marlins. He will be eligible for arbitration again this winter, while Craig -- who gave up his arb years and first FA years to sign -- is set to make $9 million next year and guaranteed $11 million the next year. Why would the Marlins trade Stanton for a player guaranteed $20 million over the next two seasons when they can sign Stanton for less next season through the arb process. Why would they take on more money and move the better player? If they do then the organization is more sideways than anyone imagined.
They are intrigued by the brawny slugger. Needs to get a crack at a higher level.
I say it would have been easier if they were on the same team to have that discussion. Not so likely with Shields in KC. Zobrist makes sense, if the price is right. Ahem. You hear?
Pull the thread on that deal and Matt Carpenter may not be a second baseman or All-Star or MVP candidate in 2013. Imagine where the Cardinals are going without his contribution.
No. That would not make sense.
They have the organizational depth and core in place to do so, yes. That Wacha-Wainwright-Lynn trio is a solid group to build around, along with the Matts At the Bat.
Adams has certainly played his way into being that. Wong has played well, but Carpenter's ability to play second base and be there longterm with the addition of a third baseman changes the equation for him. His play is not the only factor in determining his value to the club -- as an asset or a contributor.
Considering of that group right now their interest is on Price, you'd have to go there right? There's other fine-tuning deals to be hand before those two. I'm assuming you mean Suzuki the catcher, which could make sense at some point if they are worried about the potential production from the tandem they have.
His injury history was always part of the concern, especially with $20-million future salaries.
No. The Cardinals work very close to the vest and rarely comment publicly or privately on trades at all. Mozeliak likes to keep such things in house, behind closed doors. Throughout baseball they are known for keeping their lips sealed.
His usage should raise concerns. This is first full season in that high-pressure role. He's a young pitcher. And I continue to ask if they need to be as pro-active with protecting him as they have been with other young, prized arms like Wacha and Miller. I have been told different roles, different rules. To be candid, I'm not sure I understand that. Pitching is pitching, right? And whether you're doing six innings every day or four innings, five warmups every six days, seems to be the wear is at least comparable. They have ridden Rosenthal hard and the results when he has appeared several days in a row are telling.
It's that time of year. A prediction is wrong the moment it leaves your month. The Rays will want an everyday player on the cusp of the majors or in the majors. The Rays will want pitching depth, preferably starting pitcher. They are going to desire two players who can, if pressed, go onto the major-league roster. That's how they've done deals like this in the past. That's the road map to what it would take.
This is DeWitt, first and foremost, and Mozeliak and how they like to conduct business.
He could be. Just went with this group. Figure Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha would tilt the poll if they appeared in it and that wouldn't be much of a poll at all then.
Nope. Complete apples to apples.
The local scribes who recently wrote how he was the second-best defensive shortstop in the majors based on metrics or the ones that wrote about how his positioning has made him a much better defensive player than advertised. Peralta has been a revelation in the field, and it's the local scribes who have brought that up and brought attention to it.