Oakland wants to rebuild and move into a new stadium, finally. Not sure what else the Athletics have that would change this team.
Today, none. As noted via Twitter feeds from top ball writers, that market dried up today. Stay tuned for the winter when perhaps Miami moves one or more of their outfielders.
They usually sit in the stands, trying to pick up on small nuances. Everything is on video and that gets studied. Scouts will ask around about players, typically with people they have some connections with. The medical stuff is explored once a trade is on the table.
Again, the Cubs piled up lots of great prospect blocked by very good (and still young) talent on their roster. So they were well-positioned to add talent.
Given the long-term sustained success of the franchise in their tenure, they'll shrug it off.
Superstars can help teams overcome huge flaws, as the Cards did in '06 with a spotty pitching staff.
Molina has a pretty good shot at the Hall of Fame, given all the Gold Gloves, All-Star Games and the building longevity.
A big market team heading to the playoffs with a sub-par catcher would add Molina in a heartbeat, if he is playing at a decent level. The guy's winning pedigree and ability to work with pitchers would make him very attractive to teams with money to spend.
Smith was a reliever the Cards were linked to.
Yes, I noted earlier that the Cards passed on Judge twice that year.
I dunno, paying Rosenthal's last arbitration haul might be a decent hedged bet. I still like the idea of moving Weaver to the bullpen and perhaps Sandy Alcantara too to see if they can do what Trevor. Kevin Siegrist and Carlos Martinez did in the pen earlier in their career.
Weaver's performance was no factor, really. It's all about return or lack thereof.
Weaver would likely be there if Lynn exits. Perhaps Tuivailala if a reliever exits.
Fans would like that IF Albert could actually play first base. But I would expect the Cards to focus more on getting an up-and-coming talent with significant shelf life. Time to change the long-term nucleus.
Unlikely. The Cards need offense, following by offense and more offense. They have lots of pitching stacked up.
Mike can be a bit a defensive. He probably should have taken the bait!
This could be a situation where a mutually beneficial opportunity to arise. Fowler was making real strides at the plate until his latest injury hit. Not ready to give up on him, but when you look at all the center fielders stacking up you can't help wondering how this will play out long term.