That is a fine defensive outfield. It would rate above average, LF to RF, and compare well with the other outfields in the division, and even in the league.Stanton has been a plus-13 right fielder, according to Bill James Online, in each of the past four years. Pham was a plus center fielder. Fowler translates well to left field, especially if he's healthy and moving well. I actually am starting to think that's a strong outfield.
Sure. I wouldn't discount that thought -- and also the years that they didn't sign Pujols for in the mid-30s. That's on their mind too.
Add one more reliever, and no, you're not wrong. Might add a starter at the deadline unless one of the young players just zooms to prominence.
That has happened. Several times. The trouble is I have to sneak away to write.
1) No team took Stanton on waivers, in part because the Marlins could have just said, here, take the contract. Now what's the likelihood of that? Unsure. That would be a hit for the Marlins because they didn't get anything return there. Plus, Stanton still had the no-trade clause, so it might have just been for nothing if he nixed the move.
2) The purpose would be to shed money, shed guaranteed money, get away from money owed, and Piscotty has that contract that guarantees him for several more years. If the Marlins want to liquidate they're going to want to move a deal like that, not take one on. Not if there is a more flexible alternative, like, say, Randal Grichuk.
3) Don't see the match at this point. Haven't really had reason to look to see if there was one.
This is a fair question. I guess it all depends on the recovery.
Possibly. Having the pitching prospect being the centerpiece of a deal could mean including an outfielder in that mix. That's in play, and that's one of the things that the Cardinals said they could do for a team that wants to move in a rebuild direction.
It's interesting the way you phrase this because Mozeliak does have a "business" face-forward, but there are players who appreciate that, just as there are players who appreciate penguins in the clubhouse as guests of the manager, I suppose. I do know that several veterans have talked about how Mozeliak doesn't string them along and let's them know when they're going to be able to make better money, better security elsewhere. I do know that the clubhouse takes not when Mozeliak makes a move that doesn't make sense for the roster but makes sense for the individual and freeing him for a better career elsewhere. And I have heard from a few players about how they thought it was a big deal that Mozeliak went personally to Fowler in Vegas and had dinner with him and talked to him face-to-face. That was something that stood out to players because of how Mozeliak handled it.
Baseball Ops never sleeps.
I'm not sure. It does seem like maybe some kind of grassroots campaign or some sort of statistics wave for the voters would be a way to get attention. That could be led by the team, I suppose. I get emails from teams about Hall of Fame candidates and they can be educational, if not entirely convincing. They are all helpful, though, I read them just to see what I might be missing, or what I don't know about a player that a team that knew him well can tell me. Maybe that would help here. I agree -- and I won't go on the usual rant here -- that continuing to blame this on the writers and that first vote is a "cop out." Enjoy proving the writers wrong or at least let's suggest we're enlightened and know more about what it means to produce like Simmons did than at the time. It's time to undo that mistake. He should be in the Hall.
That is one scenario that is possible. Cardinals can do their part to make the Marlins want their deal and only take their deal to Stanton and see what happens.
No. Wainwright. Cecil. Fowler. DeJong. I could go on. Those players are set, too.
No. Marlins have to accept an offer to make it matter.
I guess. Ideal would mean contract neutral. That's not the case. Grichuk is set to make more money than Piscotty in the coming year through arbitration, and the Cardinals believe there just isn't the guaranteed playing time for Grichuk, not when they see the roster they have or the roster they want to have.
A needed addition to that previous notion.
Did not hear any movement on those specific teams, except for the known fact that San Francisco is in the mix for possibly two outfielders. They want to add a center fielder and a corner outfielder, and what they do with that third position is likely dependent on what they have to do to accommodate the other moves. Grichuk has drawn interest from some teams, yes. None specific beyond some that have been mentioned in the past. It seems a little like teams know he's available, are looking through the other options, and then can circle back to the Cardinals. They may also be seeing what happens with rosters at this point, playing him off of other available players to see if Grichuk, a first-year arb player, is the better get. That's not unusual. Remember the Cardinals didn't deal Jay to San Diego until the winter meetings, and this was a pretty similar situation.
Gold Gloves exist. Gold Gloves matter.
So they could add a reliever. So they could participate in the Rule 5 draft. So they could do any number of things with that spot open.