Stephen Piscotty is due $1 million for the coming season, so the Cardinals have some time to consider what to do. His contract has an appeal for a team that wants to bet on his upside and count on his 2016 season or close to it. I think teams evaluating Piscotty -- the Cardinals included -- are going to take into account all the things that happened to him in 2017. He had the run of weird happenings on the field and some of the injuries that he didn't completely recover from. He had an injury that put him on the DL. He had a swing change that confounded him more than he expected. He didn't have the snapback with his swing. And, most of all, he had the concern about his mother. We can't possibly know how much that weighed on him -- but we all know how much it would have weighed on us.
A move for an outfielder would obviously free the Cardinals up to move Piscotty, and they have checked on the market for him this winter and if there are any interested teams. But they don't need to be urgent about it because his deal is still friendly for the team, for the role, and for a bounce back.
Are you asking me or are you asking for the Cardinals view? For me, Wong should just play play play play and finally make good on my All-Star prediction from a few years ago. For the Cardinals, they always keep the option open, as Matheny likes to go with the platoon sometimes to assure playing time for a bench player. He's not alone, and early in the season that's a fine way to keep players sharp.
Jerry DiPoto is the GM in Seattle. He's the same GM who made the deals with Mozeliak back with the Angels. He and Mozeliak have had fruitful trade talks.
He does not, no. The Cardinals will not trade them all.
... Sources: Cardinals will not trade all of their top pitching prospects. ...
These are the same thing. It's like you're saying the nickel isn't about Jefferson, it's about Monticello.
Friday seems really quick. The Marlins would have to ramp things up, though they have made Thanksgiving deals before, I guess, so maybe they get their deals done before the tryptophan kicks in.
(And, yes, save the emails, I know that's a myth that has been busted. Can't we have some fun?)
Ha! Is this a reference to the Albert Pujols story? Nice callback.
Good question. There are parts of this winter that, yes, feel unusual. I get the sense that a lot of that is based on social media and pressures placed on reporters. Do have a few hours for us to talk about the state of journalism these days? Grab a seat.
Depends entirely on the three players. The equation isn't all that complex: Cardinals are trying to find that sweet spot where the Marlins will pick up the right amount of money that matches the level of production the Cardinals expect. In short, what would the Cardinals offer Stanton on the open market? They want the Marlins to get to that point, if possible, and then they'll pay the freight in prospects to match. It won't be an Eaton-level type of deal until the Marlins are eating some of that salary. Then the Cardinals are prepared to offer top pitching prospect(s) to make the deal happen. As outlined in previous reports and chats, Alcantara is one arm being discussed. Flaherty, Hudson also. Hicks is the talent that gets a lot of attention from other teams, and the Cardinals want to do what they can to keep him. Weaver and Reyes also would be considered in that group. The Marlins, like every other team the Cardinals have talked to in the past few years, have had interest in Reyes and see him as a future ace, even coming back from elbow surgery. That's how this all sorts out, and it's why there are so many different combinations for the teams to sort through. Money. Prospects. Outfielders. Your framework is close to the idea, yes.
Some of that is closely guarded by the teams. But we do know that very little hasn't been discussed.
Knizner had an excellent fall turn. He has moved up the depth chart and he's followed in the steps of Kelly. He's Carson Kelly 2.0. That said, he's not Carson Kelly today. The Cardinals see Knizner on the rise, but not ready for the majors.
We spoke about this earlier, but Ken Rosenthal is on MLB Network giving a good explanation of how offers at this point are fluid, and how much things can change and have changed in the conversations between the Marlins and all interested teams. Later in the same program, I make a cameo, if you're interested.
I guess not. But, man, what patience that would take for him considering the year that's coming for the Marlins and all the talk already about their willingness to move him. Awkward, right?
Good thinking. That's not the deal that does it. But I see where you're coming from. The Cardinals and Rockies almost every year seem to line up in some way, and yet how many times have they pulled off a deal? Not for Holliday. Not for Gonzalez. Not for Blackmon. And so on. This could be another example.
Not necessarily. They should only if they're going to get great return on him because a) what happens if Molina gets injured, then you're really going to miss Carson Kelly, and Molina does play catcher and b) people seem to think that Carson Kelly is 37 years old or at least 27 or something. He could be the everyday starter for the Cardinals by age 27, and that still gives him many innings at his peak, and it gives the Cardinals a worthy heir that may even help prolong Molina's production.
Yes. If the Cardinals got a mulligan, they would protect those players. There were internal advocates for those moves at the time.
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A big part of this is that the Marlins are motivated sellers at this point. A bigger part of this is that the Marlins are expected to cover some of the cost. A biggest part of this is the fact that the Cardinals' need is there. These things are happening in concert and at the same time a transformative bat is available. Not to be lost in all of this is the Cardinals recent unsuccessful forays into free agency and how Price went elsewhere, Heyward went elsewhere, they see the results of Scherzer going elsewhere, and they recognize that what has worked for them is making deals for players, making deals for players and then trying to woo them and keep them or getting them when they have years of control. Stanton is a free agent they know they could never get, and thus this is the chance -- take on the deal (or a good hulk of it) and make the move because a bat like his usually signs elsewhere.
They kept Gonzalez for the reasons you mentioned.