I appreciate the time you took putting all of that thought into a statement. There are probably a lot of chat readers who share your feeling, your gut instinct. I'm not the right audience for it because where fans see fate, tea leaves, and fortune -- I just see the usual chaos of sport. There is definitely something to being healthy in October and having players fresher than other teams, but that's as much luck and timing and having the depth to survive injuries as it is fate. My experience is a team that prepares for the worst situation survives the season and then lightning strikes in October and Suppan is NLCS MVP and David Freese is a legend and that's true for all teams because October is a stage for magic.
They'll explore. Don't get the sense their eagerness has stayed high.
I can think of a recent example that is exactly like Dexter Fowler's: Mike Leake. He was not pitching well. He was not a fit. And he was surrounded by young players at his position rising toward the majors. Has he been missed this season? Oh, and he had a no-trade clause. The Cardinals have paid a lot to clear that spot for a Flaherty or Weaver or whomever, and they had to convince Leake to take a trade they could pull off. He wanted to go to Arizona for spring training and he agreed to Seattle. Same kind of thing in play for Fowler. He has the no-trade clause. The Cardinals will have to tote some of the freight if they move him, and he'll have a lot of control of that. How this plays out? Fowler and Mozeliak are bound for a long conversation at the end of the season to see where the fit is and what his future is and what he wants. And once Mozeliak has the answers to that he can filter them through the Cardinals' preference and their goals and start making calls.
OK. Then if they lose a postseason by one win because they weren't willing to spend $200,000 then let that be on them. Big miss on their part. Is it part of the decision? Sure. Is it the driving part of the decision? That just seems highly unlikely given the money they throw around on other things. They're paying Holland $14 million to get a win against them. I think they can stomach $200,000 to get a win for them.
Same. His average drop because he'd work without more variation, of speed, and deeper into the game, but it's not like he'd change all that much. He didn't as a starter in the minors.
Entirely possible. Ozuna is becoming the force imagined, though. Watch him.
Short list. Peralta. Gregerson. Barraclough. Ottavino. Does Voit count yet? It's not a long list.
I haven't asked either player or their agent about that specific scenario, honestly. But I doubt one game or one season or the standings this year factor in much at all, except for at a press conference when the player is outlining reasons other than pure dollars he signed where he did. The Cardinals are just not as desirable as they once were. Some of the things are beyond their control -- city size, geography, etc. Some of the things don't exist in a game where every team can spend a lot of money. Some of the things are entirely within their control and it remains a goal to improve on those things. If Machado wants to be in a big city on a coast the Cardinals only serve as a stalking horse for him, and they know it.
He would like to be. The team reserves the right to reconsider at this point. That's a November conversation that he wants to have.
Yep. Appreciate the perspective.
Nope. He knew the situation when he signed on with the Cardinals. He could see the coaching staff. He could see the roles. He could read the writing on the walls and in the paper and in the media guide.
They will look to move at least one and entertain offers on multiple pitchers, yes.
You aren't staying on point. That's an example of many that counters your assertion. It is not the "excuse" for firing the manager. If you want to have a debate, then let's have a debate. But you cannot be a moving target. Also there isn't a VPBO. Just FYI.
I was aware enough to do the reporting to confirm it. There was a start where the Cardinals were preparing someone else to make that start -- and I was aware of that, but not aware of the reason. That took longer to confirm. As did some other times this season when the team wondered if he would be late again or arrive when expected (a starter's report time is different than the other players, fyi). It took reporting to confirm these things, and it was part of a larger story I was working on that, candidly, shifted dramatically when the team fired Matheny. As you can imagine. The Cardinals would be open to trading Martinez. That tells you how his place with the team has altered, even if that's only slightly.
I hope it doesn't seem that way. It shouldn't be that way. I hope we come to a consensus that makes sense with the schedule, makes sense for places we have connections or reasons to go, and makes sense with all of the other elements that go into covering a series on the road -- and is approved by the editor, who has the final say.
Either of those pitchers would make a lot of sense. Corbin is going to make a lot of money.