Those are the guys for now. Then you have Flaherty on the horizon. Molina at the end of the year, or the end of the next year. That's the thing: The team doesn't have all that many because of the extremes of the roster -- either on the way up or eligible to be on the way out. Carpenter would be something to discuss at the end of the season. He's got a team option for 2020, and that could be folded into a deal that would allow him to play his entire career with the Cardinals -- if both sides are interested.
Always a chance. There's just not momentum for that at this time.
We see this throughout baseball, for sure. I'm also sure that you get a kick out of how the lingo has blended. You hear the same things at your office that I hear at the ballpark. It's fascinating.
Both in equal measures. What really sets someone apart is when they misspell my middle name, too.
They all don't. What usually happens is the Cardinals have a "road trip" roster that will stay with the team for all of the stops. Then buses will run back and forth between the games and Jupiter with other members of the team. Some veterans will do two of the games and then zip back to Jupiter, for example. Some will miss that first game, then camp with the team for the final two. Later in spring you would see the whole team go for the journey. That's the tradition. I haven't had a chance to ask Shildt if he's going to change anything about this. Would be odd if he did. Would be news if he did.
It already isn't. They are the most-improved team in the division. I don't know if they'll get Realmuto. That trade talk has been going on since Game of Thrones Season 2, I think.
Often misspelled. Thought we went over this.
I would agree that 99 wins is the outlier. We haven't seen that be the target for a division winner until recent years with tanking abound and free wins galore. That season when the Cardinals won 100 and the Cubs and Pirates won at least 97 -- and then bounced one from the playoffs -- that's the rarity. That's the outlier. Also, ramping up for a 12-win improvement -- that's difficult. That's betting on the upside of everyone, not just throwing money at free agents. The addition of Kimbrel AND Harper -- would that be a 12-win bounce for the Cardinals? I'm not sure. It would definitely INCREASE THE ODDS of a 12-win jump, for sure. And, again, I get where fans are coming from with this. They would like the Cardinals to try and field a 115-win team and build up a super roster that if everything goes right wins 118 games and if things go wrong it wins 112 games. I get it. The team has a different approach. But that approach, just because it's not out to average 100 wins over the course of five years, isn't to settle for the wild-card race. I just don't see examples of either strategy in the game.
Trevor Rosenthal. He's going to be a monster for the Nats.
A trade would be difficult -- not because of the hacking but because they see players the same way. Luhnow will want to win the trade. Mozeliak will want to win the trade. A staring contest ensues. What would change those dynamics is if one of the teams is not contending and then a deal could be struck -- and maybe end up helping both. But if these teams aren't contending in 2019, then something has gone awry and we're not talking about their ability to trade at all. There are bigger stories to discuss.
I would say they are cautious.
I don't spend much time thinking about it at all. I'm lucky enough to cover baseball in a city where it matters as much as anything and more than any sport -- and has for a lot longer than the 16 seasons I've covered here. I treasure that. I try to make the most of that.
It is not. Will depend on how he pitches.
MLB.com had the quotes that spurred that report. Obviously, if he signs an extension with Colorado, the Cardinals would not try to sign him as a free agent he would not be next winter. They would chase after Rendon if they want at that point. Also, a good third baseman. Or, they could look at LF. Or RF. And consider the market for those positions. They would pivot. I want to offer one thing to look for with Arenado as the reports spill out. It makes a lot of sense for the Rockies to try and get an extension done with Arenado. Absolutely. And look for how the coverage goes in the coming days -- because if they cannot get that extension done then it sets the Rockies up to suggest they made their best bid, Arenado wants beyond it, and they may have to explore trading him at that point. We've seen this play out with players before. This is how it happened for Goldschmidt. So, look for how the comments set the stage if an extension isn't completed.
Hardly. Trades are about finding edges. Trades are about one team valuing a player more than the other team. I'll give you an example. The Cardinals traded Oscar Mercado to Cleveland this past summer not because the Cardinals didn't think Mercado had upside, but because Cleveland coveted that upside and saw him as more valuable to their depth -- while the Cardinals saw redundancy at his position. This is the issue the Cardinals and Rays would always have when they talked about a Price deal. The Rays and Cardinals saw players the same way -- and there wasn't an edge to be found. It's an interesting spot that baseball is in when everyone sees players the same way. You need a chaos agent to upset things. TLR in Arizona was that. Dombrowski in Boston sometimes acts that way by creating trades with prospects. Maybe the Phillies can do that. Washington has that potential. But the Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers, Astros ... and so on ... they're trying to find the same edge, and that's friction for deals.
This is what we've been building toward the entire chat. An excellent summary.
No clue. Don't even know who will fail yet.
I enjoy interviewing and talking baseball with Joey Votto. Would he count?