No. There's no indication of that. The Cardinals have had difficulties making some deals because other teams are increasingly thinking like they do -- or at least imploring the same approach that made teams successful and different a decade ago. The game has caught up. There once was a time when the Cardinals couldn't make a deal with the Rays because, as one person said, "they just value players in the same way and never see and edge in the deal." Well, that Rays group now runs the Dodgers. A like-minded group now runs the Brewers, Cubs, Cleveland, Diamondbacks ... and on and on and on. So, you can see how something has to change to get a deal done. That's why the Marlins make for a fascinating partner. They have financial pressure that is going to make a difference.
Nope. The size of the contract is an issue. That's a lot of money at the back end to pay a player for a NL team that may not be playing 100 games in the field. That's part of the calculation.
It's just a problematic contract, in many ways. We've discussed the opt-out clause before.
In some way all of them are of at least some interest. Pham, Grichuk had teams interested at the trade deadline. Both still do. The Cardinals could not find a market for Piscotty at that point, but there's a feeling that they could revisit talks with some teams who might have interest this winter. Bader has his fans. Sierra has his fans. Mercado, almost certainly, will have his fans -- however, they may try to bank on the possibility the Cardinals will leave him exposed in the Rule 5 draft and just nab him then.
Why not indeed. Unless they can get a player they think is better.
Why is Albert Pujols always dealing with leg and feet injuries? Why does Dexter Fowler have to tend to feet injuries and spurs at some point during the season each year? Why has Adam Wainwright had a recurrence of elbow impingement ... or Tommy Pham have to change contacts ... or Lance Lynn have blisters ... or Kolten Wong have shoulder soreness ... or Aledmys Diaz feel weakness in his arm ...
The only way to not be injured or not have recurring injuries, is not to play.
He has been starting for the Cardinals.
Um, still starting for the Cardinals. First base. Hitting well. Probably in there today.
Carpenter said Matheny knew and has been helping him "manage" and "mask" it.
See, now you're thinking about the conversations the Cardinals are going to try and have. It would take a starter to replace Archer, plus perhaps an upside minor-leaguer, and then you'd be moving on to an elite closer and we saw what Miller, Chapman got with less years of control. You're talking about a blockbuster, some of the highest-end prospects and control the Cardinals have. The payoff would be significant.
It is safe to say, today, that the Cardinals don't even know the answer to this question.
That wasn't going to happen because teams knew he was a non-tender candidate, and they would just wait to get him as a free agent, not trade for him.
I see the match with the Giants, and that could be a landing spot for one of the Cardinals outfielders, though it wouldn't be for a major league return, not like what you're describing. It wold be for a move like the Cardinals have had with Seattle recently. Belt is trying to come back from a concussion, and there is concern there in San Francisco about their first baseman. Hard to see Crawford moving.
To free up roster binds, sure. Not sure they'll get the return on those outfielders to "fix" the problems. I think people want to Trade OF to Get Bat, and really think about it in two tiers, separate conversations. Cardinals Trade OF to clear room, but Get Bat through another deal.
While it's not "evident" the Cardinals want DeJong at third base in 2018 -- they have been impressed with him at shortstop and even talk about him as their shortstop for next season, rather openly to be honest -- they will look at Cozart because he's a free agent and that might be a way to shift things. That's not high on their list of preferred outcomes at this point, though. It is "evident" they like DeJong.
Baseball-Reference is the treasure chest of all baseball information and with some quick research into the lists there you can get that answer.
Cardinals have made promotion of Valera official, as you first read in this morning's paper.
I didn't hint. I stated his exact name.
Agreed. And Matt Bowman should take note. Rosenthal did. And he's out too.