When it comes to questions, we don't really make requests of the Cardinals, not in that sense. We don't ask them to sign specific players. We ask more about their approach and whether they are looking at specific players. Fans make request for certain players.
They did not pick up his option to cut spending. Period.
Haven't heard much recently, no.
He does not check any longterm boxes. He's signed for one more year and then he's a free agent. I guess he does check one longterm box -- he checks the longterm box for a compensation draft pick.
The answer is simple: The Cardinals do not share your opinion of what he offers the team. That's about as clear as I can put it. The Cardinals have a different view, and yes part of that is because they've signed him to an extension and committed dollars to his performance, and they want to get a return on that investment. But the also just have a different opinion.
Minimally. Correct. I had already subtracted them from the salary, but yes, good point. For sure. That ups the number to that $50 million range.
I do not, no. Some teams will be in the market for low-cost roster fill. That's something to get in the Rule 5 with an eye toward 2022. I think it could be compelling, honestly. But then I like the hidden gems aspect of talent searches. As you can probably tell by how I describe the market as a whole.A lot will depend on the size of rosters, too. Let's get some clarity on that in the near future. As of right now, teams expect 26.
Given the past few questions, it sure seems like my boxes that I keep for checking are way different than yours. He's lefthanded. Box checked. He plays the outfield. Box checked. And ... I don't think two is a lot. There are better options.
Where are you getting that number from? I've never heard. Sounds curiously made up, honestly. I have never even heard such speculation from officials, MLB sources, agents, anyone -- at all. Ever. And please check back on the lengthy, and I hope detailed answer about the relation between the team and the Ballpark Village. Thank you.
He was a much better fit and would have been a great, smart add several years ago. Not this time around. Does seem to be, to me, anyway. When the Astros took a run at him a few years ago, it should have given the Cardinals a heads up that he was a good buy, good value, and would have been the player they could use. That didn't happen.
They have those. I'm not seeing the fit.
For the Cardinals? Other than the obvious that George Springer would definitely change the look and feel of this team, and isn't likely to be on their shopping list ... then ... Joc Pederson is in this conversation as an answer to both of your questions. Ben Frederickson has brought up the La Stella idea, and that's interesting, too.
It would be significant for sure. Not Sale, no. But beyond what Cleveland has recently commanded for young pitchers.
Fans should have expectations of the Cardinals improving. The Cardinals have set that bar, and the market offers the opportunity, as you outline well.
Quite a bit. But teams like the Cardinals are making a mistake if they dismiss the small sample sizes of 2020 when they told the same story about some players that 2019 did.
I don't wonder if there are some teams that aren't serious about competing in some years. I know there are. Tanking is real. And it's one of the things that baseball has to address.
I don't think it gets very far with baseball, honestly. Not much farther than the luxury tax that was in place before. I can see reasons why owners would want a salary cap, but also why they wouldn't -- because it would mean defining revenues and showing more of what they want to at the moment about how the money is arriving, and in how many waves. Players want the open market, and even with that "open" market, salaries have been subdued. The Rays reaching the World Series seems to disprove your concern. The Padres signing Machado and Hosmer shows a majority of teams have the ability spend. I just don't see the need for a salary cap, or the motivation on either side to seek one.
It's an area of intrigue for them, yes. They feel far more confident going after pitching from Asia than hitters, and part of that is the recent success (or lack thereof) from some of the players who have come over and been of interest to the Cardinals.
I'm getting it on a business card. I'm going to have a t-shirt printed. And then it will be on my tombstone. And it will be ignored there, too. I'll keep trying. Thanks for pointing it out, and understanding where I'm coming from.
I have not. He's a former 3B, and has worked out there. They've had him focus on catching. That's where his bat plays.
Two lefties in a division where lefties can thrive -- I'm down with that as a strategy.
Correct. But if they waited until the final months of 2019 and saw his production then (as detailed earlier), then they exercise that option and likely talk to him about an extension, and here they are. Maybe less money, same commitment. Toothpaste and tube and all that.