If he's open to that discussion, it could be. The Marlins would have to permit such talks before he's traded, and there really isn't much motivation for Stanton to change that part of his contract.
Answered just a few moments ago, I hope.
Also because we're not selling a liquid that forms a water-tight seal when dry or a pillow that is better than anything you can imagine? We call it a chat because that's the goal. Sometimes it doesn't work out.
Again. There are now more than 500 questions in here. I see about four or five at a time. I can spend minutes shuffling through the 500 and mining for different subjects, or I can get to as many question as fast as I can. If I take the time to find questions, I get 100 more complaining that I'm taking too long. If I fire off a bunch of them at once, at least I'm keeping the chat going. Not sure what else to do.
That is called reporting. We do it professionally. So, yes. Dozens. I suggest you take a moment, visit the coverage at StlToday.com or elsewhere and perhaps see an example of the reporting that is happening all around this subject.
No, mostly because I don't have the time to offer you a dissertation on the subject and I believe in the intelligence of the fan. I give the readers here a lot of credit to not need to be schooled in the studies of lineup dynamics or whether there is proof of protection or how having, say, Barry Bonds bat behind Aurilia or Albert Pujols bat behind Jim Edmonds alters the pitches and situations that those hitters see because of the batter behind them. I give the readers credit for that and I give the readers respect to move from question to question to try and cover as many of them as possible. And, in exchange, I trust that maybe a few of them have actually read the stories at StlToday.com that can address these things in greater detail. Please don't prove me wrong.
Cute. I'm not so sure. I do want to ask around a bit on this and get a little bit more information. But, goodness, at first thought it doesn't seem like this market is exactly bursting with catching options, and Posey has set the price for options. It seems like that kind of offer could be found for Molina, if there was a team in need. It's that last part. Also, the Cardinals are well aware that they were bidding against themselves, and that they paid for past performance. That's not ideal. That's not always the best way to pay for a player. But it was what they chose to do.
Evidently not. But, yes, I do. But that apparently is the nature of this gig now. Swell.
I see where you're coming from, but consider the value of a control group. This comes up with free agency a lot and the same is true when it comes to trades. A team benefits from knowing what another party is willing to offer. That gives them a sense of the value of a player outside the bubble of their own evaluations. For example, if the Marlins are in talks with the Cardinals and know the level of prospect and level of dollars that the Cardinals are willing to go then they have a framework to try and get from other teams -- or play off other teams. The Marlins job at this point is to find the best deal for them, and once they're comfortable that they are in that position go to Stanton and see if he'll accept -- and then be in position to get the best deal possible from the team that he will accept a trade to. That's not all that unusual.
I'm sorry, you're right. That's right. I conflated the two. That's my fault. O'Neill got Gonzales. Cardinals got a lower-level player for Leake. Yes. Was moving to fast for my own good, and I regret the error.
Correction noted. Will move to make amends.
It. Would. Slow. It. Down. Maybe I'm doing this wrong.
One dollar below the luxury tax. I get the sense they want to avoid that tax and the penalties that are going to start with that.
Cubs are looking for pitching, pitching, pitching. They want to trade for some. They want to move around some of their contracts and even clear up some of the overlap they have. Somewhat like the Cardinals. Pittsburgh needs some pitching as well, and they will also try to get a feel for what McCutchen could command in trade or some of the other players they have. They are on the tipping point of a rebuild and could veer in that direction. Wouldn't be a surprise if Milwaukee is rather quiet. Chase a reliever. Give some depth to the bullpen. Pitching move.
There is more momentum now for expansion, and with expansion would come some radical rethinking of the schedule. There was also a report for Baseball America about a realignment of the divisions around geographic boundaries. Either of those things would open the door more for universal DH. If all teams play everyone, as some would have the schedule, then you'd see the avenue for the DH throughout baseball just to level the playing field.