He doesn't have to be. To borrow a verb that's thrown around the front office:
Alex Reyes exists.
Jack Flaherty exists.
Luke Weaver exists.
Dakota Hudson exists.
Sandy Alcantara, Jordan Hicks, and Austin Gomber exist.
If so, the team has brought some of it on itself.
Harper is a better player, does more things well. I'll take the better player. Crazy, I know.
Yep. They will need that help. Rockies wheezing.
Running out of time for one. I'm too verbose today.
Nope. Flaherty is a well-liked prospect, and that's really before anyone gets to know him. He and Weaver are cut from a similar cloth, and the teammates will soon see that. So, no. Not at all. Quite the opposite. What you're describing sometimes happens in trades, like Lackey replacing Joe Kelly and the team having to adjust to those very different personalities.
Think the Cardinals will give me royalties? Probably not.
They really like his speed.
Carson Kelly is the heir apparent. Knizner is rising like Kelly. He's got be Kelly first, then we can figure out where he fits in the majors. He's walking in Kelly's footsteps not standing in them.
I hang out with you folks, really.
I understand what you're saying, I do. But, again, it is my opinion -- mine, my opinion -- that Stanton is not the only player who could improve the Cardinals. It is my opinion -- mine, my opinion -- that Stanton's contract is problematic in the out years for a player who is about to play 140 games game for only the second time in his career. It is my opinion -- mine, my opinion -- the comparisons between Stanton and Machado and Harper are shiny but false. They are not the same type of players, and therefore are highly different when comparing the value of their deals. Machado is a gifted infield, an Arenado-type who oh can play shortstop. Then move to third. Then move to first. As the contract ages. Harper can handle right, move to left, and does more things well than Stanton.
Let me offer some additional examples here, ones we've discussed in the chat before.
In 2023 and 2024, Machado and Harper will be in their new deals and making a lot of money, yes, and they will probably be making more than Stanton. Know why? It's a good value proposition that they will be better players. In those season, Stanton will make $32 million and he will be ages 33 and 34, and will he still be playing right field? Will he still be slugging? Will those 40 homers come attached to a .220 average and 110 games? Maybe not. But we do know that he will be coming out of his peak years, while Harper and Machado will be in theirs. They will be 30 and 31 in those seasons. They'll be making more because, if they remain healthy, they will be younger and more productive, two things that usually equal a greater salary, and a greater value.
I get the appeal of Stanton. I'm trying and trying and trying and trying to illustrate why the contract presents such an issue -- and such a risk. We haven't even gotten to the cost of the opt-out at this point in the chat. Though we've explored it oh-so often before.
Yes, the Cardinals management needs to update their view of the market if they're going to land a big fish. Absolutely. That view has been argued here in the chat and illustrated often in the paper. Yes, Stanton is appealing. All of those things are true. But I do not agree that he is alone. There are other options, and some may even be better.
They've been a resoundingly mediocre team. Standings don't lie.
Not handy. All of that stuff is available on StlToday.com.
A lot more with Verlander. That is a talented team in need of pitching, and got it.
Sorry, was trying to look that up and got a phone call. As of now, before the schedule is finalized, the Cardinals are visiting the White Sox on June 10 and 11, and they host the White Sox on May 1 and May 2. I have been provided this information from sources not yet authorized to release the schedule, and I have also verified this schedule with other people in the know. The official schedule is set to be announced in the near future.
He's cleared. A team could now just trade for him. No team claimed him on waivers.
True. Wait until I host a chat in front of a studio audience. In a round. Or at The Fox. Then we're really through the looking glass, man.
Alright seems like a good spot to end it. I need to find my way to the ballpark and haven't had anything to eat. Just got the coffee and the beginning of this chat and haven't been able to do anything else. I appreciate the patience today as I stepped away to talk to the future of the profession. Maybe one of them will come after my job and host this chat, better and longer and braver than ever. You should be so lucky. StlToday.com will be hopping with coverage all evening from Petco Park. Cardinals have promoted Breyvic Valera. Carpenter's outlook will be clearer.
This has been a lively chat. Appreciate the effort that you continue to put into some of the questions. They're good and challenging and thoughtful. The best kinds of questions.
Brings out the best in the answers, I hope.