I'm not so sure because with Holliday around, I doubt Tommy Pham plays, and there was no doubt that Tommy Pham was the most productive player the Cardinals had last season. We have plenty of evidence that Matheny would have started and gone back to Holliday in left and Pham would have sat.
I don't see that comparison because you're talking about players at a) different positions, b) different ages, and c) different skill levels/skill sets. This comparison comes up a lot, and I get that -- the bulk dollar isn't going to seem all that different in a few years when record deals go beyond him, but his deal has to be taken for what it is, and that's massive for the moment and massive as the player ages. I understand the question. I'm not sold on the comparison.
Depends entirely on the places they take you. A winter meetings in San Diego was lovely, and a great location. The GM meetings in Arizona make the Arizona Fall League available and that can be a rich tableau for stories. A typhoid vaccine -- I mean if you're going to India, just as an example, that would be worth the jab.
Until a week or two ago, I would have said that they were farther down the tracks in conversations with Nicasio then other free-agent relievers and that made it more likely. That's not the case anymore. All those talks have caught up with each other, so you're looking at a more even field. The Cardinals intend to spend time this week distilling that list of options for the relief and maybe even targeting specific relievers to chase in the coming week and then finalize before Thanksgiving. Not sure how the timing of the Rule 5 plays into it, but the market is the big driving factor here and the Cardinals are prepped for the pitch to rise when it comes to specific relievers and having to move on the ones they want. They like Nicasio. I don't believe he's at the top of their list at this point.
Alas, my travel plans do not include India. I will be racing to hide in the mountains at some point.
It could happen. That's possible. I guess we've seen that "trade in stages" before. It could be possible. Say, one deal for Ziegler then go to the separate corners and come back to talk about the options at outfield. Or something like that.
Any outfielders are on the table for discussion for the Cardinals.
Out of options. So on the roster, in the bullpen, or with another team.
Depends on all of the other factors: What outfielder they talking about, how much of the salary are they offering to cover? That deal won't be decided on that individual tradeoff alone. The Cardinals are sold on DeJong, want to keep DeJong, and will go in directions they need to to avoid trading DeJong.
Seems like more skullduggery than necessary. Stanton can talk to anyone he wants. The Cardinals cannot broker any recruitment of another player.
They do for the rules and conversations with the commissioner and sort of the one-stop, all in one place hashing out of issues and then breaking into groups to get even more details on things. This morning the assistant general managers met to go over transactions rules and what issues came up. The meeting had a moment of levity when one of the teams that uses the 10-day DL rather ... let's say liberally ... had a quibble with the 10-day DL. Go figure.
MLB is the more sane travel. It does not have the Canadian cities that both make the NHL appealing and also difficult because of the distance. MLB tends to take you to the same cities over and over and over again, but it does keep you less nuts because you get to unpack and don't have to turnaround the next day for that 5,45 a.m. flight to get to the morning skate for a back-to-back in Toronto after the game on the Island the night before. I miss driving from Calgary to Edmonton, but at the same time I don't miss driving from Calgary to Edmonton in the middle of the night in December.
No. I don't think they own a copy.
Not to the level of DeJong, no.
Sure. That stuff happens. Maybe not at this hotel though, judging by the layout.
They should. They likely will. He seems like an obvious target for them.
As long as they are getting paid the bucks by rights holders, they'll grin and smile at the late nights and cash the check. The tipping point is when the TV rights vanish or the ratings do.