Not Bour. This is a Hosmer/Abreu-type discussion. Myers, possibly. Those are the names that would draw their eye, or be the reason why they're talking about first baseman. It's a position in play for them, for sure.
That's odd. Past chats prove otherwise.
Deals get their starts here, build momentum here, and if past years are any indication of the trend, then the Cardinals come out of here working toward a deal that will get finalized the week after, or two weeks after. That's not to say they're not looking for deals, but they tend to get traction here, not completion.
I call shenanigans. Giancarlo Stanton is not reading this chat.
Clearing a spot for Bader would not be the driving force behind the Cardinals trading Fowler. They could play Tommy Pham in center and be quite content if there is a reason or deal to move Fowler. The Cardinals, we know, will talk about any of the outfielders that they have, and that includes Fowler, though he has no-trade protection and can direct any traffic involving him.
Interesting question. Yeah, maybe. In this market. That's possible. Strong offensive year and showed the durability teams want until the concussion symptoms.
I do not, no. I wouldn't have written about it and spent the time explaining it if I felt that way. It would have been wasting the reader's time if it wasn't important, or if I had not talked to several executives about their view of what happened, why it mattered, and then passed along that view, info and additional info to the readers of the chat. I'm comfortable with that coverage.
I'm intrigued. Maybe if Gordon Wittenmyer will host.
He would be one of the 1B available. Have not heard him come up. That could be a failing on my end, and a call and a reminder to do some additional intel on what his market is. Will do that as the chat ends.
Who said anything about better? Isn't providing the same strong?
It was pertinent to both.
The 11/20 deadine is to set the 40-man roster and protect the minor-league players from the Rule 5 draft. It does not freeze the roster. Deals can still be made. But the minor-leaguers must get that commitment at that time and cannot be added.
They have enough outfielders, no?
We do, yes. It's been in all the papers and all over this chat. I like to think I haven't wasted my life.
Carlos Martinez was mentioned earlier. But I'm not sure that's the direction you're going.
Absolutely. That is a factor in this, and just one of the wrinkles involved. Already today, several times, I've heard how the deciding factor in all this is going to be Stanton, Stanton, Stanton and his no-trade clause. He has the power to decide, and in that case then the opt-out is a safety valve of sorts for him. He could go somewhere, try it, and know that he could move on to a new deal, maybe even a richer deal, if he doesn't like the place. The Cardinals believe that the contract is built to give Stanton every reason to stay, not opt-out.