While I was out…

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Seems little changed while I was over in Thailand for a few weeks. Snow still covers the ground and temperatures remain in the teens. Just brutal. But in an effort to brighten your day, let me remind you that in less than a week, the Cardinals will be holding their first pitchers/catchers workout of Spring Training. Yes, despite how it may look outside your window, spring is coming.

I’ll be headed down to Jupiter on Tuesday, where I’ll be stationed for the duration of camp, bringing you daily updates leading up to the regular season. More on those plans early next week and some exciting new additions to the coverage plan. For now, I wanted to recap the past two weeks to make sure nothing went missed while I was overseas. I did leave behind a lot of content, which I hope you read on cardinals.com during my absence.

Here are some specific items of note:

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Was surprised at Neshek signing due to all relievers on the 25 and 40 man rosters. You didn’t miss much, Jennifer. We can tell fans are getting anxious, what with all the nit picking posted on the PD Comments sections. Next nit to pick: some will ask hy are the Cards’ trucks hauling golf clubs to baseball camp.

Sorry I had to walk away yesterday -my son plays a cruel game of hide and seek and disappears sometimes. Wanted to hear more about Thailand. Guess we will catch up once everyone returns to StL. Enjoy the work in the sun.
Question about Tavares: Is he on track for what Mozeliak projected or is he beginning to show slowdown signs? I know he was hurt last year, but at some point a top prospect needs to become an everyday player. Talk on the radio is that he still won’t be that guy for a few months -if not next year. Is this a case of the media and scouts fast-tracking him to the majors or is the front office beginning to wonder themselves?

No problem. I looked for you and couldn’t spot you. I’ll share stories and pictures when I return in April.

As for Taveras, I think we will see him as an everyday player before the end of the year (barring any other injuries) in St. Louis. Had he not gotten hurt last year, I actually think he would have been the team’s everyday center fielder by the end of last season. The front office has shown no indications of wavering on its expectations that he is going to be a special talent. Taveras could probably hold his own in the Majors come Opening Day, but with Matt Adams/Allen Craig available, there’s probably some value (and definitely potential $$ saved) in holding Taveras back a bit longer. Taveras’ timetable will be determined both by how he fares in Triple-A and how Adams does in an everyday role.

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