Neither Gorman nor Carlson will be involved or this trade wouldn't be made by Mo.
It is not that much of a stretch. The Cardinals figured if they were going to do something major, they would need the flexibility of ridding themselves of Wong's option year, also figuring that Edman would do well enough at second base as Wong's replacement.
Much more lopsided, to date. When Broglio/Brock deal was made, folks actually thought the Cubs were getting the high end of the trade.
I don't hear about any of them being "shopped." The Cardinals still are leery of trading prospects after Voit-Arozarena fiascos.
The Cardinals insist their payroll this season will be lower than last year. We'll have to see how some of those proposed deferrals in the Arenado contract work out. It may be he will make less this year and more next year when they have more flexibility.
You raise a good issue. There probably were only a few teams that he would have wanted to go to. Thus, the no-trade clause was a pretty good hammer.
If Gorman hits as well as he is projected to, there will be plenty of avenues for him, because the DH certainly will be in play by the time he gets here.
Foremost. . . that he even would have an entire campaign. They would take the rest as it comes.
The team that is picked first as an opponent is going to have some instant bulletin-board material. If you're not a division champion, all wild cards are about the same. Why inflame one of them?
I wouldn't say this has never happened.
A full slate of spring training games would be helpful in his jumbled outfield situation. I kind of like your GM metric. Now, we need to figure out how to measure it.
The Arenado situation had been brought up time and again but I admit it was not on my front burner until the last week or so. Didn't know how anxious the Rockies were to do this. And they probably didn't want to trade him within division, to say, the Dodgers.
All things considered, the Cardinals should have more payroll flexibility next season.
I would not be surprised if Liberatore made an appearance. Gorman doesn't need to be rushed now, especially with third base in pretty good hands.
I could see Tyler O'Neill getting some starts against lefthanded pitching although it doesn't have to be as a DH because of his defensive excellence. You could have, say, Fowler, DH that day.
Other than the $10 million or so that Molina would get, I don't see another $8 to $10 million lying around for a DH of that quality, especially the quality of Cruz.
In my estimation, you have only to get past the rest of the NL Central and then the Dodgers. They're the champions. The Braves and Padres are not.
Just somebody to step forward as a No. 2 starter.