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Just sayin’………… After reading Matt Thompson’s scouting report again, I feel reassured that there will be a roster spot for Lane Thomas and Austin Dean. IMHO, the only way Williams makes the team is if shows something in spring training that he’s never shown before. Seems unlikely. If Dean doesn’t impress, they will no doubt make a trade for an outfielder.
Dan McLaughlin mentioned during his Wednesday’s with Walton show that the game would be televised.
Okay. Let’s talk about what will ‘really happen’. You go first.
Tommy Edman is a factor when considering the future of second base. He’s a gamer, and he might very well OPS over .800.
I thought the proposal to spend $110M on upgrades to Roger Dean Stadium and the rest of the training facility had been approved, but I haven’t seen any reports on progress. If somebody knows what’s going on with that, please post what you know.
The future of the game is riding on the next CBA. Both sides had better be willing to talk to one another about their needs rather than just sit there and keep repeating their demands.
I think Edman is still an x-factor, and I’m hoping some star power emerges from him this season. I agree that O’Neill and Thomas are x-factors. I see Bader as an x-factor because his offense has been improving. But will it continue to improve, and, if it does, by how much?
It is my understanding that the Owners want arbitration on the table for discussion when the sides meet.
Based on his 2020 stats, with 550 AB’s Arozarena will hit 60 HR’s in 2021. Future HOF player for sure.
I’ve said this before, but I want to say it again. Personally, I don’t believe in the idea that a player is what his record says he is and will never be any mor or any less than that. I just don’t buy it. We’ve already seen both Bader and O’Neill get better offensively by virtue of relentless, hard work. I think that as long as they keep trying to get better, they will get better. If they stop trying to get better, it has to be because they stopped caring. From what I’ve read, Arenado is still trying to get better.
I don’t know how they can poor mouth Molina, and in the same breath spend $10-11M on another pitcher. When Gant, Reyes, Ponce de Leon, Cabrera hear about this, I bet their knees will buckle. That said, with Odorizzi added, it does make the rotation look more solid.
Thanks, Pugs. I couldn’t find the right words to say it. But I feel the same way.
I’m surprised to see Roel Ramirez make it into the Top 30. When he was up for that cup of coffee in 2020, he spilled it all over the mound.
Usually, there’s at least one big surprise at spring training where a prospect finally breaks out. O’Neill could be the one, although he’s not really a prospect anymore. I’ll go with Edmundo Sosa based on how he was looking last spring. I was there at spring training the weekend before it shut down and I remember seeing a certain player on the field and thinking ‘Who’s that?’ because he looked stacked and ready. It was Sosa. My second guess is Williams, but only because the potential is there, not because of anything he’s done so far.
Bader will be our centerfielder. Shildt has made that clear. He loves Bader’s defense. Fowler will be if right field because of his veteran status and overall decent play. That leaves left field for Carlson, O’Neill, Thomas, Williams, and Dean. Carlson has the edge, but O’Neill will give him a run for his money, IMO. The Cardinals’ coaches like Thomas. I think fifth outfielder is his to lose. Williams could be a factor, but he has never been a factor so far, so it’s hard to expect him to mount much of a challenge to Thomas or Dean. I think Dean will get some major league AB’s this year.
I haven’t given up on O’Neill yet. Let’s see what he does at spring training. My opinion is that thus far he has been continuing to adapt and develop. Lane Thomas had a wipeout case of the COVID flu in 2020, so we still have to find out what he can do. Dean is a kind of a sleeper, the kind of sleeper Shildt likes, IMO. It’s my understanding that Williams is out of options and he has to make the opening day roster, or he gets waived. This is going to be a high pressure spring for these four kids.February 2, 2021 at 9:03 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #153276
If it’s not going to work for Gorman to switch over to second base, I’d like to see him traded for a Top 50 MLB outfielder or middle infielder.
February 1, 2021 at 1:46 pm in reply to: Agreement on 2021 rules/salaries/service time/contracts #153078
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With expanded playoffs the players get more work and therefore, more money, and they get an expanded opportunity to win something personally, and for their team. If they object to that, then they’re just posturing and in a sense, already negotiating the next CLB.
IMHO, trying to explain this trade with logic is never really going to work. What we’re witnessing is a meltdown by multi-billionaire.
Cabrera would like to start, also.
I could see a dynamic duo of Wainwright and Reyes pitching in tandem. Wainwright pitches the first 4 or 5
innings, and Reyes pitches the last 4 or 5 innings.
I was looking forward to watching Gomber continue to develop. I think he will be missed. This trade should provide more innings for Ponce, maybe Cabrera. Gant will always get his innings, IMO.
I’m glad we’ve got plenty of good relievers. With this current mindset of starters only going 5 or 6 innings, they will be needed.
Without Hudson and Gomber, our pitching depth is not as imposing.
No doubt here are a lot of people feeling giddy today besides the Esteemd Rat.
The explanation is simple. It’s human emotions. The Monfort brothers went past their boiling point and blew a gasket. No other explanation can explain this. I don’t even want to think about what might have gone on among the people involved on the Rockies’ side.
Didn’t Matt Thompson have late information that would move Zack Thompson ahead of Liberatore in the rankings? Yet Zack Thompson didn’t make the 1rst tier.
The emoji I used was meant to show that it was a joke. I hardly ever use emoji. Maybe I picked the wrong one. The one I picked shows a face laughing itself to tears (at the idea of forcing Carp’s bat into the lineup).
Nothing like livin’ on the edge for Mozeliak. If Yadi would have signed elsewhere by now, Mo would have been screwed. With Arenado coming to St. Louis, and Carlson emerging, this is a championship team. With due respect to Knizner, there’s no way he should be the starting catcher. Yadier Molina should be the starting catcher.