They should. I've been writing about the Renfroe option for a few weeks now. These are exactly the kind of moves this market offers, and the Cardinals should consider.
Wait, what? When did they make deals like that? They signed Carlos Beltran, who is not the equivalent of George Springer. They did re-sign Matt Holliday back in 2009, but that was after trading for him, and that's as close to Springer as you're going to get in recent years. I think maybe the comparison you're looking for is the 2016-2017 offseason when the Cardinals had clear needs (leadoff hitter, outfielder, lefty relief) and went into the market for Fowler and Cecil, spending beyond the expected price to land those specific players for those specific needs, and the Cardinals spent more on free agents from outside their organization than any other team that winter. That would be the more apt comparison, to me. There are obviously plenty of opinions on how that's turned out.
Any of that is possible, yep. A shorter season is something that teams like the Cardinals are preparing for as a possibility.
It would immediately lighten the payroll, which the Cardinals are looking to do in the immediate future. So, it would add to their flexibility, but it wouldn't change the conversation much, no.
It's more than 30 percent, and there is a forthcoming story on this, yes.
Sometimes, sometimes they don't. There's not a traditional etiquette here. It depends on the agent. It depends on the player. It depends on the relationship either of them have with the other team, and what is appealing about that team. The Cardinals were surprised that Heyward went to the Cubs, and they weren't offered a chance to counter-- because their contract was already guaranteed more, and as Heyward told me later, he expected the Cardinals to match the opt-outs and do what he wanted, and he was still going to go to the Cubs. The Cardinals did think they had Price, and then heard what was offered and not surprised he took it, just surprised at the 11th-hour overwhelming amount to get him. There are times when agents and teams will say a deal is only as good as they're in the same room. Seriously, anything you can think of with negotiations, and it's likely to happen, and never the same way twice.
Nothing more than ongoing talks. That's not unusual given two things going on right now -- the holiday week is usually quiet, and then there are the Rule 5 roster moves and non-tender calls that have to be made. There's a rhythm to the winter, and these talks are following that steadiness. It's sluggish, yep. But not unexpected.
That is a sentiment that some uniformed personnel have shared.
It does. But it takes two to talk, and Flaherty hasn't given any indication that he's ready or eager for that conversation. It's something the Cardinals will try to explore during spring training in 2021, and it's really unclear if it will get very far. We'll see.
I sure hope so. I definitely believe so. Supply will be greater than demand, and that does invite all kinds of creativity and player movement. Eventually.