I don't see these are connected. Of course, Darvish appears to be the Object of Desire Du Jour and remains on the outskirts of what the Cardinals to accomplish this winter.
It differs from contract to contract. But in general, the team with the player approaches that player with the proposed deal and destination. That player can agreed to the move, or that player can offer some stipulations that must be met to make that move. For some players, that means the vesting or pick up of an option. For others, that's the guarantee of some bonus that is built into the deal. It could go a few different directions. The team that has the player can agree to let the interested team talk to that player and sort of details, if needed. In, say, Verlander's case it was going to his house with the paperwork that needed to be filled out before a deadline.
Yes, the other Marlins outfielders. Those are just two that come to mind. And undoubtedly there are others that are being talked about but are not yet known, and when we find them out we'll report them. That's the goal.
Sure. That's true with all those deals, and it's part of the risk.
Most GMs are not Brad Pitt to their assistant GMs Superbad, no.
They could, but don't appear to be high on the list of preferred target. Yes, internally, the Cardinals see the need for a lefthanded bat and the appeal that a power lefthanded bat for one of their openings would bring. I am wondering how they see Carlos Gonzalez, and where he fits into their spectrum of options. Could be a while on his market, given how his agent moves through the winter with things.
Yes. He'd be one of the pitchers in the mix for a trade, it appears.
Not sure he would be a part of that deal because Marlins would want to shed payroll. It would be part of the machinations, and there is a room for both when you consider the positions that Gyorko can play, the places he could find playing time, and the fact that for the Cardinals he's not all that expensive, even as an overlap. Gyorko is owed $9m in the coming year and he's at $13m the following year. He would be a player the Cardinals could move if they felt they really had to do so.
Breakthrough because his athleticism manifested without all the struggles he had at shortstop. In talking with him this season, it was clear that he was taking his shortstop troubles everywhere he went, and that they bother him and were limiting his game elsewhere. He played hesitant. That changed when he move to outfield, found comfort, and started letting the athleticism inform other elements of his game. Hard to find a player more eager to steal in the Cardinals organization, and mix in the first half he had with the bat and that's a strong, standout, redefining season.
He will get the kind of contract that the Cardinals often use as an example for what they want to avoid, as you suggest.
They probably would consider it at that cost. A little different than they've been led to believe.
I have heard no change in that evaluation from what we discussed months ago about how his contract is expected to go into the bidding range and length the Cardinals have no reason to pursue.
Not recently, no. Chat has cooled.
Guilty. And I'm not proud of it.
They would if the White Sox had interest in extending that conversation. That's one of the teams that the Cardinals called on as they made their rounds to see if there were matches.
They are different players. That is worth noting. Or at least I think it is.
You stated them pretty clearly.
The connective tissue that is bring Darvish and Cardinals together today could be as thin as Mike Maddux once worked with Darvish in Texas and Darvish spoke highly of him and Maddux now works for the Cardinals and the Cardinals could look for a starter and thus Darvish ... Oh heck, I can't even follow that.
Don Mattingly as the MTBNL?