Good morning, everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Day 3 of winter meetings is getting off the ground. The Cardinals have their beaks in a lot of business. And manager Mike Matheny talks today. Fire away ...
@Jwat The vibe has been one Marlins outfielder, not both. It’s unclear if Yelich will be moved. Should he be moved? Yes. But the Marlins, as you might have noticed, are not the smoothest operation right now. The Cardinals might prefer Yelich for the long term, but he will be harder to get - and he might not be moved. Ozuna helps now. He has shown sustained power Yelich has not.
As for more free agent signings, Cardinals have made it pretty clear they are prioritizing trades at the moment. That could change of course.
@mjhawk Great question. Girsch talked about this last night. Said it varies by deal, by team. Some teams put it all on the table. Others are more vague, and that can be like “chasing a ghost.” Mo said this year, because of focus on trades and perhaps due to expanded front offices, have included a lot more old-school face-to-face sitdowns. Girsch said the cardinals have some of the same prospects tethered to different potential deals, meaning the landscape can shift drastically as soon as one trade is accepted. And there has been a bit of a delay - across the league - in big trades popping off. That hopefully - for the sake of all involved - changes soon.
@Tim S Cardinals don’t discuss specifics but I asked Girsch last night about the type of trade that would be — two controllable pitchers for one year of a cornerstone and the hope that he signs an extension after enjoying his test run as a Cardinal. Girsch said to make a deal like that you have to be comfortable with the deal — assuming the guy does not sign an extension. Banking on that can lead to a bad deal, he said. So, would Cards give 2 pitchers for one year of a cornerstone? Girsch said it was not a likely path Cardinals would pursue. That should inform Donaldson thinking as well. This could all change. But that’s where things stand as of last night. Sorry for the bucket of cold water.
@Steve R Wouldn’t surprise me. Mo said interest in Cardinals outfielders has been sustained. Girsch said they could move for prospects or as part of a trade - depending on the type of trades the cardinals pull the trigger on. Word is Oakland wants Piscotty. Question is, for what?
@Robert The horror! He will be showered with respect, and perhaps regret his decision. Kidding. He will be booed by some. Sure. Does he deserve to be? Nah.
@Matt Perhaps. That was asked last night and the response was “maybe.” I’d point out that as of last night no trade the Cardinals were circling was to the point that medical information was being exchanged, so “close” to a trade and “close” to confirmation of a trade are very different things. Last year the Cards landed Hayward here but left before it was dotted and crossed. That could happen again I guess. Stay tuned?
Updating this to answer the Colome question. Yes, saw that late last night. Nice catch by Drew Silva of Rotoworld, by the way. He realized Colome’s Instagram had started following a bunch of Cardinals-themed accounts. What does it mean? Idk. Might just be having fun. Might be trolling. Might be ... checking out the place he thinks he will land?
@Mark Agree 100 percent. Hope it happens. Shame it hasn’t happened.
@Nat Thanks, Nat. But ... do you buy that? Social media, man.
@Jack Archer would help. No doubt. Depends on how you view Mikolas. Cards high on him and his potential. Some roll their eyes at that. I’m intrigued. Could be a smart deal if he transitions well. I view the rotation as fewer sure things and more options. Perhaps we see fewer starts per starter and more starters overall. That would be a shift, considering the Cardinals in the past have wanted 5 guys all season and taken pride in that. Again, singing Archer would make things feel more sound - especially if Reyes is being targeted for relief after his delayed start.
Quick update. I’ve gotta go talk to Scott Boras. He represents Marcell Ozuna. Derrick Goold is headed to meet Miles Mikolas, Cardinals new starter. I will drop notes into the chat as we go an answer questions on the fly. Just wanted to give a heads up there might be some lag. Thanks for your patience. Come along for the ride.
@Priddler You would have to think so, right? Considering money owed to Longo and the fact that he earns full no trade protection about 10 days into the upcoming season. If Longo is to be moved, time is now. And his 2017 should make that contract less desirable — meaning prospect pool might not need to be as good. Just thinking out loud.
@V Wish there was a standard answer. Each guy is different. And pitchers face changes we forget to think about, like ... adjusting to a new ball. His strikeout and walk rates are appealing. That’s a good sign. He could always throw hard but he regained his control in Japan. I like that he will be working with a pitching coach who knows him.
Boras here. Prepare for Twitter gold.
Boras: The winter meeting is akin to a weather report
@Oldie572 I too am Team Ozuna. We are outnumbered I am afraid
Scott Boras on topic of trade talks between Marlins and #STLCards about Ozuna: “Marcell Ozuna is one of the top outfielders in the game, and there are few teams he would not fit on.”
Boras keeps calling the Marlins a pawn shop. Not happy with the salary dumps there. Firing at Jeter.
On Boras, many don’t love the way he goes about his business. But look at his client list. If teams blocked him, another Boras would emerge. He was actually pretty restrained about Ozuna, to be honest. He’s just openly ripping the Marlins for turning “a diamond store” into a “pawn shop”
@Matt Here are some numbers that should excite about Ozuna, who is a 2 time all star starter and scored at plus 11 in defensive runs saved last year, second best in the majors.
Since 2016 - not since 2017 as one good year would suggest - he has as many home runs (60) as Arizona’s five-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt. Ozuna’s 200 RBIs during that span are nine more than Manny Machado’s total. Those two, Ozuna and Machado, share identical slugging percentages during the stretch, with both checking in at a tick above .500. Since 2016, Ozuna has 99 games with two-or-more hits (15th in the majors), and 29 games with three-or-more hits (also 15th).
Cardinals don’t have a hitter like him, at major league level or brewing in the system.
@Kevin in DC
Carp. Fowler. Pham. Ozuna. Then figure it out from there.