Oh, no. That play is going to be universally lauded. It's taking an edge the opponent gave. There's no harm in doing that, no threat of "bush league." Far from it. That's the opposite of what you're describing.
Hard to imagine that there is more-imperative than imperative. Get talent. Wherever you can find it. One of the reasons why the Cubs are built to last is because they're not settling for what they have. They continue to get talent. Ditto with the Cardinals. Neither team is in a position to ease off the throttle or turn down talent, or say this isn't the year to go after the best player they can possibly get. There is no such thing as too much talent.
Nine Innings, by Okrent.
Lords of the Realm is also great about the business.
Carlos Beltran is one of the best switch-hitters of his generation, right there with Chipper Jones, and by many of the measures I consider and will consider when his name comes up on the ballot he is a Hall of Famer. I imagine I'll vote for him enthusiastically when it is his turn.
And thanks for the kind words.
Houston, Chicago White Sox, Padres, Cincinnati -- they are all in the same spending realm as Cardinals. Cubs, Giants, Dodgers are some of the teams who are out, based on spending limits.
I think we're becoming numb to them, and some are more subtle than others. Watch this series here against Milwaukee and the shifts the Brewers use. I'm interested in seeing them myself. Stephen Piscotty told me that the Brewers plant a fielder behind second base for him, right in his line of sight with the pitcher. That alone is bothersome. When that fielder also scoops up grounders hit hard up the middle its doubly annoying. We're seeing less of the extreme shifts, and more laser-focused shifts. Still shifts, just not as obvious.
Why so so so so much. Let's do the math, something that regular chatters will know well. In exchange for 1 1/2 years of control of Donaldson -- the latter of which will cost around $25 million -- you are giving up the following years of control:
Gyorko (3 past this year)
Sosa (6) or
That's 15 years of control in exchange for a $25m cost and about nine months of baseball. That's ... bonkers. One of the appealing things about Donaldson is that he'll cost so much in 2018, and that puts the Cardinals in a position to happily take on that salary because it won't cost as much when it comes to prospect. But Sale! But Eaton! That's what a bunch of you are saying, right? OK, the Nats are getting three years of Eaton for about the same cost of Donaldson's $25m in 2018, and the Red Sox are getting two years of Sale for what Donaldson will make in 2018. Wrap your head around that. This is why the move makes sense as something the Cardinals should explore, consider, discuss.
Alright. That's a good one to walk off on. Thanks for another excellent round of questions -- from the research many people put into their questions to the variety of topics we touched on today. Hope we had a little bit of something for everyone in this week's chat. Looks like next week's chat will be coming to you from the road, and on the go. The Cardinals wrap up this homestand when they could have gotten fat on wins and head out to see the new ballpark in Atlanta. Then Rick Hummel will take the reins of coverage in Miami. I'll be jetting back to STL and probably hosting the chat from somewhere up above. Hopefully a window seat.
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