He wanted to be represented by Yadier Molina's agent, based on some of the things he heard from Molina and others. He also wanted to get a chance to explore a deal with the Cardinals, he said, and saw the success that Molina's agent had doing that.
Nah. Talent will always clear a way for itself.
It's Dec. 2, not April 1.
There should be no other answer. Would be a boring poll.
Why not Kickstarter? That is probably the better venue for it.
Then arbitration day would be next week, the winter meetings the week after that, and we'd all be facing one week longer of inaction. Awesome.
They get runners on base ahead of them more often. That's the best place to start. Not with the hitter providing those RBIs, but with the runners' OBP ahead of him so that he has chances to get hits that bring in RBIs.
Hasn't been much action there, no.
That's the direction the talks would likely go, given the Cardinals' opening in the outfield at that point and what Blackmon would offer to the top of the lineup and bring a welcome lefthanded bat to the mix. I see what you're saying about the cost, and that's a great point. So, too, would be the folks who push back on his production at sea level. That's why the conversation doesn't have to solely fixate on the Cardinals getting their answer in return. Gray and Story are the Rockies that are nearest big pay days and free agency. Broaden the deal to discuss Gray? OK. But also look for younger return. The Cardinals made that move with Pham, and that kind of thing would make sense here, too. If Colorado wants to pick up the phone.
Just discussed. It's not an obvious answer, candidly.
Think Lance Lynn will get to start that game? Eager to see what that Texas Rangers team looks like as it takes the field for 2020.
I do not when it comes to players. They're the talent. They're the show. They've never been better, and yet it seems like they also have never had bigger governors on their earning potential. I think elite players are compensated well. That is increasingly rare though because elite players are rare. I get concerned that the middle class players are squeezed out for cheaper -- and not always better -- players. Would like to see young players paid closer to their production, and that could also correct the middle-class squeeze. Coaches are underpaid for the hours they spend, but playoff shares can help compensate for that, and that is a factor for some coaches who take less for contending team than they would for a team that doesn't appear to be close to October.
Yes, Bader is an sublime, exceptional defensive center fielder, and has really put in the work to make his speed and his gifts make him one of the best defensive center fielders in the majors. Thomas is an above-average center fielder, who has good instincts and good jumps, and a true arm. Bader can go out and win a Gold Glove Award. Thomas can make the plays in center better than most at the position.
Have trust in the hopper. I do my best to scan through all of the questions in the hopper. It's when some submits the same question many times over that I get bogged down because I have to clear those repeats before I can see any other question.
No. He had the exercise regimen with Seattle, too, and with the Cardinals that first year. So why did it just start now? It could be something of a cascade effect. I'm no doctor, but it does seem like the O'Neill got an injury that led to another injury, and then he spent his time trying to build strength to avoid those injuries leaking into others.
He would, yes. But how much could you stomach seeing a Cardinals player for the next six years with Pittsburgh?
They weren't. Like I said, the math doesn't match the assertion.
For the Cardinals, no. This is a good question. The Cardinals are going to get a comp pick after the Compensatory Round B, or right after the second round. That's because they didn't get revenue sharing, and they aren't over the luxury tax. They are one of 13 teams that fit into this class, and they're the smallest market size of the group. Now, if they did get revenue sharing then it matters what kind of contract Ozuna signs and whether it's $50m guaranteed or more or less than than $50m guaranteed.
Last year it was because they traded for Paul Goldschmidt, I guess. This year it's because they're not going after the top free agents available. Imagine being a Yankee fan and hearing that same thing last winter. Yikes!
(Also, as mentioned earlier in the chat, Profar was traded by A's. Makes sense.)
They. Are. In. The. Market. For. A. Starting. Pitcher. They just don't know yet their need or how aggressive they're going to be, and there's been no movement in the market as of yet that will force them today to commit.