@Evil Calvin Not dodging but I wouldn’t have that reaction to any trade. I don’t think Cardinals should trade Carlos Martinez. I don’t think they should trade Alex Reyes. I don’t think they should trade Carson Kelly. That’s about it.
@BFrye11 He leads off and plays first base unless a big bat is acquired there before the season starts. I would not mess with Carp outside of leadodf anymore. Just my opinion.
@Christopher Ford Perhaps. Why not? I think guys who play in STL for a year - more often than not - would like to stick around. Heyward not the case. But there’s a list of guys before him who did the opposite. Holliday for example. Have not gotten sense Cardinals feel like they can risk trading then hoping. There’s no way they would no for sure if Machado would extend before he was traded for. He would not give up that leverage. That would be nuts.
@manny Not as much, but why would I ignore his most recent season? My point was the one-year player label is not accurate - if you look at his two-year stats
@Jerm Semantics. Cardinals felt good last night. But no applause until something is done.
Boras is now telling everyone JD Martinez’s defense is better than advanced metrics suggest. People who see Martinez play defense every day disagree, by the way.
Boras, no surprise here, is confident CarGo will bounce back for whatever team sign the free agent outfielder. Said the Rockies fan favorite corrected a sleep apnea issue last year and had a strong showing late in the year after he did. Bat speed has not slowed, he said. So there’s an update on the name that has been considered by the Cards. Again, trades are at the forefront right now. Boras mentioned that, saying the “trade haze” has made it more difficult to get a read on CarGo’s market
@Chris Best way to view this is every player not named Molina could be moved, in the right deal.
Scott Boras said it’s “doubtful” that Trevor Rosenthal pitches in games this year. Says he’s on the Greg Holland path.
@stlreno Correct. I think that thinking stems more from the contracts. Ozuna would only have two seasons in The Lou before he could hit free agency. Yelich has more years and cheaper years.
@mimi If you like, but it’s not as if there are massive trades flying off the shelves. Slow moving market before and after Stanton.
@mcneelypr For the Cardinals? Haven’t heard much beyond the fact that he’s an option out there to be familiar with. Cards focus to this point has been trade, trade, trade.
@EV Depends on the player and his situation, right. Stanton didn’t mind. He wanted out. Now, a young guy who likes where he is? That can be a bit of a shock. It can be a challenge. An insult. A surprise. Then, as they get more experience, the realization that it’s just part of the business.
@JimTheCarpetLintGuy Derrick Goold has reported as a free agent of interest — if the Cardinals get to that point. I don’t think he’s a number one priority or anything. The longer he sits the more appealing he might become, because he has less leverage.
@Caleb It’s what Stanton represented. And the Cardinals were ready, puke bag in hand. Stanton wasn’t going to be around for just one year though. And that is possible with whoever trades for Manny. Honestly I’d be kind of surprised if any team trades for Manny. I bet he finished in Baltimore and hits free agency sweepstakes. Another thing. The puke, pardon the reference, was $ for Stanton. It would be young pitching for perhaps 1 year of Machado. There’s a difference.
@Marcell Same. Hope to see you slamming in STL soon.
On that note, I need to step away from the chat for the managers‘ lunch here at the meetings. I will be back. Check STLtoday.com for some news from DG. He met Mikolas and has some news on a minor league addition with a familiar name.
@Marc In short, yes. A short window for renegotiation can be granted. Rare. And ask this: why the heck would Machado do that? For any team? He won’t know how he fits and liked a city before he plays. The chance for free agency gives him incredible leverage for a better deal — even if he decides after one season that he does want to stay. Makes no sense for Machado.
@Matt If/when Ozuna is in the bag, I think there will be interest in a closer still. Colome fits.
@Ricky Bobby If you want above average major league talent, you’ve gotta make painful trades. I’m OK with that — if that’s the price.
@JimTheCarpetLintGuy Stanton hangover? Yelich obsession? I’m not sure. I’ve been big on Ozuna all along. He’s the bat this team lacks. Sure, there are some concerns. He hit in a lineup with Stanton. He might be only in STL for 2 years. I get that. But he mashed, man. Cleanup hitter from day one.
OK, lunch is starting. I’ll be back.
People asked for my opinion on Ozuna. So, you got it. I think he transforms the lineup. Let's see what the Cardinals gave up.
I'm going to compose my quick thoughts on the Ozuna deal and get them up online in an online column. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Derrick will be chatting tomorrow, I believe. Lots more to come coverage-wise today. Stay tuned at STLtoday.com. Thanks!