Chatwood could be a match on a two-year deal, if that's where his market goes, and I was told by a source that it would be appealing to him given the crack he could get as a free agent after really asserting his value. Cobb also has an appeal. I wonder about what is going to happen with Cashner, because even with his history with the Cardinals that could be a value play. Get mixed evaluations on him, though.
It has changed the landscape. You used to work for the place that was paying you a salary. Now you are part of the content farm that build empires off the backs of the local beat writers. That's a concern for the industry because that same empire that is getting all the clicks are also pushing beat writers out of their jobs or leading to sites and papers limiting travel, limiting coverage, or just go full-on video. What happens when all the beat writers are gone and there isn't the info for these collectives that rely on them?
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Anything is possible, yes. This is the kind of move here, move there, cut cost here, absorb cost there, that goes on in all of these talks. This example, however, is not one the Cardinals are eager to chase at this point.
I am dubious that will keep the wolves at the gates.
I don't see the motivation to pull off something like that. Not on either side. The Marlins aren't the Cardinals' Class AAA club.
Baltimore. Tampa Bay, possibly. Toronto. San Diego, certainly, though not clear how appealing that would be. I'm thinking through this as we go, and those are the ones that stand out.
I forgot to tame the hair. Not used to it being this long. Rookie mistake.
And Detroit. Detroit would be another team that would line up with the Cardinals. Detroit.
Cubs. NL Central, mostly.
It's the fact that MLB has come to hold a 365-day calendar. There isn't a day when something isn't bubbling at the surface. Sure that starts with the longest season in sports and the most games and the everyday nature of the actual game, but also consider how MLB plays its offseason. There isn't the green flag moment for free agency that leads to a rush on the market like in the NHL and NBA, and there isn't that shortened window of signing or trading that the NFL has. The NFL has dead periods, by schedule. Baseball does not. You see this in St. Louis: The Cardinals or baseball could be on the front page every day of the year and no one would think that is odd. Twitter is alive 365 days of the year with baseball talk. It's a game that certainly fits the pace of coverage and the pace of conversation and the constant need for new content. It's the best game built for the treadmill that social media has invited.
Haven't been able to find that match, not yet. I've asked around. And from a 35,000-foot view that does make sense, but I haven't been able to pinpoint a connection between the Cardinals.
They want to leave here with a clearer sense of the direction talks are going, and not just with Miami or not just on Stanton. This is the winnowing week.
And, yet, not so. They need a fear factor for the lineup.
That series of events is improbable to imagine, and I don't understand why the Dodgers would move such players to add Stanton or just to make Stanton happy. That is a hard Rubik's to solve and I don't se the appeal for the Dodgers when they're doing just fine, thank you.
That would be appealing, sure.
Cardinals have not said that. They would not say that. Teams don't say that -- unless they're talking about their own free agent, like the Cardinals in 2011 with Albert Pujols. Teams don't talk in absolutes like that because what happens when they don't get that player? Why put all the resources into that one direction and not be ready to move onto something else. Fans want No. 1 targets. Heck, some media want to know what a No. 1 target is. Teams just do not talk that way.
I get it. I get it. I get it. There is interest in Stanton. There is no reason to create artificial urgency in this regard. The Cardinals can make their moves or make their decisions re: 40-man while also keeping pace or keeping talks on something else. And, yes, they can leave O'Neill off and trade him the next day. You bet. There's no rule prohibiting that. The only thing the Cardinals cannot do is add a minor-league player after the deadline if that player was inside the organization on the deadline.