Yeesh. That seems ... early to say that.
Either of those machinations are in play, yes. The Cardinals are looking at the Marlins for a variety of different trade scenarios, and a few of them include giving some top-end prospects, even players off the major-league roster, and giving the Marlins their desired cash relieve. Ziegler is definitely a part of that equation. Have not heard Prado, specifically. But of course anything is on the table these days, and it would make sense that was discussed at some point. And, yes, Yelich -- as reported numerous times by The Post-Dispatch in the past few months -- is of interest to the Cardinals. Taking on his salary is no problem (he has a team-friendly deal), adding his talent is desirable, and the Cardinals would be willing to absorb another deal to make the deal.
I think that would be stalking, not sure. I know a few times in my career I've had to wait outside an apartment building or home for news, and it always felt like I was infringing on a person's property or space or privacy, depending on where I had to go. There was a time when I had stood outside a condo for so long just trying to get an update on a player's health after he had a sudden surgery the day or two before. It was the playoffs. It was a competitive situation. Eventually I got to know the bellman well enough that I just asked if I could write a letter/note and not spend the afternoon feeling like a stalker. He agreed that was a good move. So I did. "Dear Mr. Forsberg ..." I began.
Cozart? The Cardinals see Paul DeJong as their Cozart -- or that he already is at that level of production, improving with the glove, and has the upside to go with the more appealing contract at this point. That would not be the defensive-first move the Cardinals would consider i they shift to a run-prevention approach this winter because the run-production options are unappealing or unavailable to them.
I'm not sure what you mean. If you mean how soon after a deal is done does it become public, it depends entirely on the teams. Some teams file things with Major League Baseball or the union and word gets out that way, some teams just give up a sign to a few of the national writers, sometimes it's the agents or the players involved in the deal that do. There is no room that they gather to hunch over a table to official do deals and how those deals/signings are announced differs each time. The Cardinals, on their end, prefer to control the release and have started prepping to do so the moment a deal is done so they can control how it reaches the public. It makes covering them a little different than other teams because you spend more time probably talking to other teams and agents, honestly.
Flexibility. Toronto wants out from the cost of his salary for next season, believes that now is the time to get a player or two that is worth more than the compensation pick they'll get for a qualifying offer, and the Cardinals would get a bat without the prolonged commitment -- unless they want to mutually make one after getting to know the player. It's the kind of deal we saw the Cardinals make in the past -- that don't often get made these days -- when it worked with Rolen or Holliday or Edmonds and turned a short-term contract into a longer-term fit.
Yes. And also Victory Way is the nearby street. Be prepared for puns.
This hotel lobby looks like a lot of hotel lobbies. Not a lot of outside time at these events. A lot of lobby time and press conference time and hallway time and very little sun time. So, it could be in Edmonton or it could be in Charleston and the only thing we'd know about it is how long the flight was to get there.
Hearing a lot of the same as ever: Lance Lynn will pursue a deal that begins with a 1, and that has been the target because the belief is that will be his market based on what Samardzija and what Zimmerman got, and, yes, beyond what a few years ago Mike Leake got from the Cardinals.
The Cardinals had some of their largest crowds ever at Busch Stadium III this past season, and they once again surged past the 3.4 million tickets sold. The no-shows that were so obvious at the end of 2016 -- obvious to players, obvious to management, obvious to ownership -- were not all that obvious for stretches in 2017. It was clear that giveaways were driving some of the big crowds, or at least a contributing factor in bringing fans to the ballpark when the quality of play or spot in the standings wasn't doing it. So, this big statement that fans can make -- this big walk-out or freeze-out on tickets that you are hinting at we didn't see in 2017. Yes, that's your recourse. Yes, that's part of how fans can make a statement. And there is definitely a sense within and around the Cardinals that the fan base is restless and wants a more appealing team with more familiar results.
Bingo. Been trying to illustrate and detail that for weeks in the chat.
Arrieta, yes. As detailed previously, but worth doing so again, the Cardinals are interested in seeing what direction the market goes for Arrieta and if he goes into their wheelhouse in terms of years. They would prefer to go short-term, bigger annual average salary for a guy like him, and, yes, they would be interested in doing something with the Cubs starter on those terms. The question is whether the market develops for him on a six-year deal or a five-year deal, and if that's the case, then the Cardinals feel they have other value plays in the market for starters. They've said that they will go looking at starters -- and we know it could be by trade or through the free agent market which will soften for some starter of interest.
Wade Davis has been another story. The Cardinals, as has been reported, have explored and had talks about Greg Holland, the other free-agent closer. How the Cardinals feel about Davis depends on who you ask. I have not had interest confirmed by someone with direct knowledge.
Both. Is both an answer? Because both. They feel they can take care of both and one scan of the roster reveals how both is preferred. Both is needed.
Not according to the people who should know. And if he has then it has been done only internally and the Marlins have given no indication at least to two teams with interest.
It sounds like food for message board debate, not boardroom, and complete, utter speculation.
He has a contract. He's not a free agent.
Doesn't have to be done until Nov. 20. That's the deadline. Will come that day. They plan to add O'Neill.
If they knew that was the case, they would stop talking, yes. Why waste the iPhone's battery.