If it's 11 a.m. and this chat hasn't revved to life yet, let me apologize. I have an important interview scheduled for an upcoming story, and it has gone long. I will be in the chat, fielding questions the moment the interview ends. It is not expected to last past 11 a.m., so if it does it should only be a few minutes. Thanks for your patience. -- Derrick
Alright, let's get going. Thanks again for the patience.
There hasn't been any indication of a formal offer to him, not at this point. There has been interest from about a half dozen or so teams, and I know that the Angels are in that group. They've had a longstanding interest in Wong. The Boston Red Sox are also a possibility, from what I can gather. There is a sense that the Mets may be involved, too. In some case, Wong may have to wait for LeMahieu to sign, and then see the teams that are still looking for a 2B.
The Cardinals are not looking for a reunion, no. He's moved on. They've moved on.
I disagree. Some players find their furnace for competition through how they become as a person, too. I get emails all the time raving about how a Cardinals player has become a role model on and off the field -- and how one fuels the other. It's disingenuous to compliment one player for finding his voice off the field through charity or faith and raving about how that helped him mature on the field and become a better player there, too, and not recognize the same possibility exists for a player exploring or finding his voice for social justice causes. It's only fair to recognize that players -- like coworkers or friends or family members or neighbors or anyone -- may find their motivation through an opinion you may not share.
It's worth the try. The Cardinals do not, individually, have insurance that would cover lost revenue due to a pandemic. I've not read everything about these policies, but if I recall correctly Wimbledon had that kind of policy -- and it was pricey. Super pricey. That would have been prohibitive for MLB teams, as you can imagine, and at the moment they seem to be arguing the elasticity of the "all-risk" premise. We're going to get into the fine print of how detailed the insurance company was describing what "risk" meant, and if there is a way for pandemic to slip into a loose definition. Can't beat haggling over fine print when billions are at stake.
Maybe. Hard to know. Takes two to pull it off. They had some discussions re: trades going into the tender deadline, but their preference was to not give up talent when it became apparent that players will be available for cash as free agents.
They aren't yet today, no. They need to be by April, if that's when the season starts.
To date, they have not shown much aggressing interest in the pitching market, according to sources with knowledge of the teams pursuing the top candidates. The Cardinals believe they have the starting options to fill out a rotation, and if they sign a pitcher the plan, at the moment, is for that to be Adam Wainwright.
Not really, no. Molina has received interest and continues conversation with the teams we've discussed before. Realmuto and McCann haven't yet signed, so that's an influence on his market, as you know. The Cardinals are encouraged -- well, maybe that's not the right word. The way it was described to me was the Cardinals had "progress" in their talks with Molina. According to people on the outside looking in on those conversations, the Cardinals are viewed in the industry by the team most likely to offer Molina a two-year deal. That seems to fit with the stance that ownership has set for maintaining legacy players. Wainwright has yet to receive offers from teams, and that's not unusual. There are a handful of teams interested in the right hander, but there hasn't been the pace of talks with him, and that includes from the Cardinals.
They do not plan to stick with the same approach to the lineup. The Cardinals recognize they need to change the look of the offense and the results. There are many ways they are looking at doing this. Adding from the outside is part of it. Looking to maximize matchups is the other way.
Yadier Molina will be looking for a place to start. If it's not with the Cardinals, then he'll find it with another team for 2021. There will be a team that is eager to have him in that role. Look around the majors. Look for teams that have strong pitching, maybe that they have invested oh millions and millions and in, and would like to have a strong hand for that pitching behind the plate and can get offense from other spots, like the DH or outfield, or every other position on the field. There are teams like that out there. One wears pinstripes.
He is. Sure. A free agent. Lefthanded bat. Yep.
Other than Molina and Wainwright? Not that I can think of. Is this a Trevor Rosenthal question?
I appreciate the thought that went into this, because it takes a lot of the things into account that teams would. The addition of Carlos Martinez into the mix here is interesting. Obviously, the Red Sox signed him an eon ago -- as a shortstop. The leadership there has changed 12 times since, it seems, so drawing that line is -- sketchy. Sox need pitching. Martinez isn't sure to provide it as a starter, and that has given any interest team pause for years now. Is he a reliever? Is he a starter? Is he a half-season starter and half season reliever? Where is his health right now? His salary is such that certainty is preferred, especially as teams cut costs. There's long been this simmering notion outside the organization that the Cardinals and Boston lineup for a Benintendi deal. Bobby Dalbec is interesting -- but he plays a position where the Cardinals have a rising prospect or two. So the block that you see by Devers becomes a push from behind with the Cardinals. Gorman is coming, and he'll play third base, so where does Dalbec go then? Whereas Benintendi would play the OF, where the Cardinals have the most wide-open options and the chance to change the look of the offense. The question becomes if Benintendi can find the hitter he was several years ago, and why his production has declined with the Sox.
It makes a lot of sense for that series of moves to be the Cardinals' offseason. The price is key, right? We need to know what those players are going for and for how long to see if it all lines up -- and the Cardinals need to know their budget for 2021. Will there be fans? Will there be a widespread vaccinations? Absolutely this list of moves makes the most sense for the Cardinals to change their look, upgrade their offense, and find outside of the organization an improvement from what they have available inside. It's just a lot of unknowns there -- starting with the price tag. The difference between signing Rosario and Dahl could be $7 million for 2021, but a net bigger commitment for years to come because of Dahl's control. That is appealing to the Cardinals in any other year. Is it this one? Does it require a bigger commitment? Renfroe is in the middle there. LaStella and Profar's market is still really developing, and it's hard for me to tell if what we're seeing for pitchers -- so many one-year deals -- is what we're going to see for hitters, too.
Great question. I think this was described as difficult to pull off because of the weight of it. I'm trying to think back to that time, because I know this question was asked and kicked around, and there was some question on how to exactly lop off one arch and remove it, given the weight, the height, etc. Maybe someone reading this in the chat can remember this better than I do and provide the answer. If I get a chance I'll go back into the archives and search.
There will be a lot of experimenting. Every team in baseball -- the Cardinals included -- are on alert for workloads in the coming season for their pitchers and how much of a jump is too much of a jump. They don't want their pitchers to see this tripling of innings from a shortened year to a full year. So to address that you're going to see de facto six-man rotations and swingmen in the bullpen. It's entirely possible the Cardinals get starts from Martinez and Alex Reyes and Daniel Ponce de Leon and Austin Gomber subbing in for the members of the rotation or filling the middle innings to really monitor and spread the innings so that there isn't an arm or two or three that goes from 50 to 200. That's going to be avoided, it seems.
Reds have traded Iglesias to Angels. Interesting doings in Cincy.