One thing to remember is -- while the Boston Herald report is newsy, we've surely seen other players in history change their minds about a trade. My ex-girlfriend's new-husband Justin Verlander, for instance, agreed late in the process to a trade to Houston.
Great question. Gotta keep Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler for next year. Would have to believe that either Piscotty or Grichuk will be moved, especially if the Cards acquire that big bat from a different outfield. Why not see what O'Neill can provide the big-league lineup until you move him. Bader is talented but I'm fine with moving him for the right piece. Maggie Sierra is worth keeping because of the intangiables of his glove and speed. And yeah, after that, there are numerous talented minor league OFs that will look for promotions this year, but if there is a big-league talent available for them, then you have to admit that that's why you groom these prospects in the first place -- to maximize the asset.
Because that band-aid hit 33 homers in just 415 at-bats with a .944 OPS. And he could very well be the missing piece on a championship team. And you'll likely have to give up less for him than other a-list sluggers. And you can then try to entice him to stay, Holliday-style, or McGwire-style. And if you can't re-sign him, then you can say to Manny Machado: "Hi, we have a bazillion dollars and an opening at third base on a really talented baseball team."
I see where you're coming from. You're in the rare situation of being in that city though. You get to experience the daily flood of Chiefs talk be it at work or on the radio or the newspaper or the news. And you can go to games and everywhere in town, there's Chiefs colors and Chiefs stuff. There's something to be said for that. It's harder to just go all in on Kansas City while here in St. Louis. And there is that stigma -- some people see KC as a rival city, so why would you "fallback" and cheer for a team in your rival city after your team left? But, again, it's not like Missouri is California. I'm sure you kind of look at it as -- the Chiefs are now our state's team. Which I get.
The guy who's 30, has only two years on his contract, could be a great short-term get and led the AL in total bases last year? I'm cool with that.
Beat writer Derrick Goold is our key soldier in baseball reporting -- he's in Orlando now for the GM meetings -- and he's written that the likely Martinez contract is probably too much for STL, while Goold did mention Carlos Gonzalez in his chat this week. CarGo has a fluid lefty swing and the Cards have shown interest in him before. Here's a good thing about CarGo: in the second half last year, he slashed .314/.390/.531. Here's a bad thing -- on the road all of last season, he hit .203.
To be honest, it sounds like you have the perfect mindset towards this whole thing.
I'm with ya, except for the fact that they could, possibly, wait to get Nos. 2 or 3 by the trade deadline. But probably not both.
OK, always fun! I've gotta do some reporting for some upcoming pieces. Thanks for hanging out, and I'll talk to you on the next Tuesdays With Hochsie.
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