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I have not yet heard of the Cubs tinkering with their rotation to make this matchup possible. It does make all the sense in the world, yes. Wouldn't be a surprise at all.
He should be top 10, but I put a heavier emphasis on proximity to the majors than other folks who do the rankings. He will be -- and already is as of yesterday -- top 20.
His contract is up, so the time is right for a parting of the ways. No firing, just he won't be returning. It can be a clean, mutual break.
Do both then! I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
Sure. They'll explore all of them. They seem to have a greater appreciation for Wheeler than I initially understood. So add him to the list.
Agreed. This roster is built to flex its depth in this month, and count me among the people who believe the Cardinals win four out of five in that strange, grueling marathon because of the kind of roster they have. That was made for them to excel. Now, a short series with days off is different. But wedge a playoff series into 51 hours and the Cardinals have the team and depth to pull that off.
To a certain extent, yes. They have reps and agents who speak on their behalf, yes. And they have agents and reps who contact the team and ask for explanations on why a roster move wasn't made and what a guy can do differently. Not much leverage, but they do have those conversations, yep.
Rendon would be good. A starter would also be valuable. It's a short list.
I think they have been essential to what the Cardinals have been able to do with one of the best bullpens in the National League, absolutely. MVP? I'm not ready to stretch that far considering the number of innings they've actually influenced. Essential to what the Cardinals have done, you bet. Impressive seasons from both of them in new roles.
This is going to be difficult for me to type given my fondness for third baseman and my appreciation for Rendon's game and the fact that I know there are some in baseball, even some close to Rendon, that are going to push the Cardinals as a good fit for him ... but I have to believe it's Cole. A starter like him, united with the others the Cardinals have, would radically upgrade this team in a way that they haven't had the chance to do since they didn't chase Scherzer and didn't get a yes from Price., He's the mulligan. I know the Cardinals will enter any talks about him with trepidation and the view right now is that he's going to zoom well beyond their comfort zone when it comes to pitcher contracts. So, it could be another Scherzer situation.
He will come to spring training as a starter -- if he comes to Cardinals spring training and isn't trade over the winter. As it was with this past spring, his readiness and his performance and the team's need will determine what role he has. His contract says starter. He wants to be a starter. The Cardinals have the opening. They want to give him that chance, if he's with the team for 2020.
I don't think these are related events, no. Interesting push by Shildt for sure this past weekend.
Yes, it does. A division title stands out. A wild card assures a play-in game. A coin flip.
I have to step aside for a brief moment here for a phone call. I'll be back, and I'll use the opportunity to refresh the inbox to get some new questions on the screen, too. Thanks.
That is quite a pivot for the chat. One question asks if the Cardinals are ready to move on from him, and the next asks whether a good approach with their reliever who has struggled so mightily is to give him more innings. I don't see starter as a possibility. I guess they could try to Wellemyer Gambit, but it sure seems like getting Cecil to be the reliever they hoped he would be and they've had to spend to replace would be the best and most likely scenario at this point. Find their lefty starter elsewhere.
I would imagine five at $15m per would be a no-brainer, five at $12m would, but consider that free agency is important to one player and it's important to all players when it comes to the marketplace. Baseball is a precedent market. One deal helps set the bar for the next. That's why you see such focus on Harper or Machado both trying to extend the envelope, and it's why you'll see Boras with Cole try to push the pitcher market to a point beyond where Scherzer got, if at all possible. That's the way the market works, and Ozuna will be a part of that market. The Cardinals can rise up to meet. He can shave a bit off to meet it. But it would be odd given the climate of free agency recently for him not to try to maximize his place in the market and that's hard to see a spot where it's not an AAV similar to the 5/100 mentioned in the poll. Maybe the years shrink, but can't be by much.
We almost made it, folks. Almost. And then we heard from the rooster.
You are describing things that the front office has and will consider. I'm not sure that's entirely the case with Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals were looking to trade him at a point where they were concerned his value was going to drop, so they explored what the could get for him in return. That's pretty natural. But, yes, this past offseason will be a factor in how the team views Ozuna, for sure. They should know him best by now.