That has been covered over and over and over and over again in the pages of the Post-Dispatch and the scrolls of the chat here. That hasn't change. It's just been refreshed for a new audience, I guess. Donaldson is headed into his final year of arbitration and that means his salary is about to soar. The Cardinals saw him as a possible value add as far back as this past spring when, you might recall, we reported how they saw third base in play for movement this season. Start with Peralta. Hold with Gyorko. Upgrade with Donaldson possibly at the deadline. Didn't play out that way, but the reason for the Cardinals' interest remains. If Jays want to move out from under that financial commitment to Donaldson, Cardinals want to be there with a reasonable offer to make it happen. The Cardinals preference is for it to cost fewer prospects because of the short-term contract and high cost. Still, you're talking a couple top prospects to make this work.
Sporadically and usually in the offseason. Wouldn't be a shock for that to bubble up. There's been a lot of baseball people trying to connect the dots on when the Sox would be motivated to move him.
Whatever the market can stand and then one year and one dollar more than that. He's going to zoom up there into the Upton area. Power like his, at 30, thin market all around him. He'll do well.
Believe what you want. You didn't list Dexter Fowler there, so maybe you think that move also fits into this description. Here is what is true: Cardinals must change their roster. They need a significant piece. Does that mean they will get it? Nope. There is a chance that a free agent signs elsewhere or another team offers a better trade package and the Cardinals are left with the same team they have now and the same results for another year. Either way there appear to be too camps: Attempts to add players only matter if they happen. No additions will ever be good enough. Your beliefs are up to you. I'm going to offer you the information and facts on which to hang them. Deal?
That would be an interesting team. Deep lineup. Improved outfield defense. I guess that might make fans believe that this winter was different.
Last day of the Winter Meetings. So that first full week of December. Protected list is at the end of November.
I haven't really softened. Things have changed. Namely, he passed through waivers and what I suggested along came to pass: The contract was confusing for teams and non palatable. Not one of the other 29 teams said yep let's just take on that contract. That has been the point I've tried to make all along. It's a hard deal to figure out how to make it work. Now, one way to do that is for the Marlins to take on a portion of that deal. The Marlins have to pay part of the salary that they pledged to him, and the team that wants him will then offer better prospects as compensation for simplifying the contract. That's all. It's a better chance of that happening during the winter and with new owners. That's changed, too. The Marlins actually have ownership in place. So, the deal has time to come together. It still presents the same problems that I've tried to explain in here and elsewhere numerous times.
It is not safe to assume that. There is a structure by which the Cardinals and Rosenthal could agree on a two-year mutually advantageous deal that would allow him to rehab with a solid salary, pitch next year if available, and then the Cardinals would have him in 2019 for that security.
Cleveland is a fun team to watch with infectious talents. The Rockies have the best all-around player in the league in Nolan Arenado. Start with either of them. Houston has compelling players and the city obviously could welcome the lift after the horrors of a Hurricane. Maybe you prefer that story.
I can't. Of course, I picked them to miss the playoffs altogether. Whiff.
I cannot explain that, no. I have not heard a good explanation.
One created trades from those players and other avenues of addition.
Rosenthal was just covered so scroll back. You illustrate a lot of the contradicting comments and questions that coming flooding in here next week. One question will suggest the Cardinals need to do all they can to get the players they need. The next will say it costs too much in prospects to get the players they need and it will doom the future. The next will say the Cardinals never do anything. Rinse. Repeat. Yes, it will cost quite a bit to get a player like Yelich (who is under control for years to come) and cost to get Donaldson (a former MVP with one year of control), but that's the point, right?
It's going to hurt. It's going to thin the prospect rankings. It's going to reach and then push the Cardinals past the puke point.
It's also about time.
You answered your own question. It would be an out-of-character move, especially for a team that is inherently distrustful of long-term deals for closers and already wants to consider allocating big dollars toward a bat acquisition.
The tradition of the team and the devotion of its fanbase and how those two things fit the rhythm and purpose of a newspaper, making what I do still valuable, even in today's infinite-media landscape.
My least favorite is the months away from my family.
I can't account for why there isn't speculation. In a chat earlier this summer I believe we discussed how I have been told there is a feel that Hosmer would be a fit for the Cardinals -- a player in their wheelhouse when it comes to commitment and to length of contract and to style of play. The question for the Cardinals is where do they want to go with Carpenter at this point. Matheny and Carpenter said they're going to have him ready for a variety positions and sort the whole thing out in spring. It seems like third or first are the most likely landing spots because Wong is set at second, and the corner outfield spots are targets for upgrades or hold-fasts with Pham and Piscotty. Hosmer has to be one of the names on the Cardinals long, long list, and there's no doubt they'll explore that deal. But is he the surefire middle-order bat that alters the lineup or just another of a similar hitter to get them into the same bind they've been?
I hear plenty. Not sure what to tell you.
Sure. Cardinals are in the top five. Yankees are No. 1. Cardinals vying for that next group, easy. I like what the Mariners have done with their uniforms and they could be a sleeper top-five for me.
Yes. Tuivailala is out of options, so it's pitch him in the majors or lose him. The Cardinals will also see what role he could play in any of the forthcoming trades, in part because he's out of options and about to put them in the same situation they found themselves in with Tyler Lyons earlier this year. Don't forgot how limiting that was when they had Lyons as the long reliever and had to keep him in the majors even when he wasn't available for three days. It was a small thing. But it spoke to the larger issues of roster management the Cardinals had at times throughout 2017.
Cue Ron Washington. It is not simple.
There was exactly one player in the majors who hit more than 50 home runs and had more than 125 RBIs. So, um, they don't exactly grow on trees, and you know who never had a season like that? Yeah, Albert Pujols, and he was kind of good in the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. There were three closers with at least 40 saves this season and you know what they all had in common? Nope, not blistering fastballs. Not even wicked breaking pitches, though that helps. What they had in common is they all closed for really, really, really good teams. So, instead of going after 40-save closers, just go find a good reliever and then let being a really, really, really good team bring the 40 saves to him.