He passed through waivers, and there wasn't a claim made. Yes, offseason deals are different, but that seems to me to be a pretty strong referendum on what other teams think of Stanton's contract and the cost. That's not likely to change, and if anything everything that we've seen coming out of Miami and swirling the Marlins confirms this idea that baseball execs have also quietly articulated: the contract, as is, is a tough move.
Not on government secrets that bring down a president, no. I cover baseball. Unnamed sources are a daily part of the job. But they aren't revealing secrets that indict an administration.
He's come up in recent chats and in many ways he's an interesting candidate -- and one that proves an earlier point about there being many alternatives when it comes to pitching for the Cardinals. They could wait and still have a fitting selection. What's unclear about Sabathia -- and I apologize for repeating myself here -- is what he wants and where he wants to go. He has discussed in the past wanting to get a chance to play out west, closer to his home. That has been an appeal to him, and it took the Yankees with a recruiting effort and mega deal to lure him to the East Coast. Now that he has a chance to choose where he wants to go does he look for a place out west to go and win finally?
Give me once second here to reset the chat and answer a phone call. The hopper needs a refresh, too.
How much of that is rooted in winning? If the Cardinals win, bet they appear "tougher."
Just because chatters are only asking about Stanton, that doesn't mean the Cardinals are only asking about Stanton. A conversation with the Marlins can pay off in three different ways this winter. The Cardinals front office talks to teams and talks to agents professionally -- for a living -- and they're doing a lot of that.
I mean exactly that -- in terms of years.
Yes. They want to do that. Mozeliak has mentioned to a few of us that the Cardinals would be in the market for that "two for one" deal, and I've been told that the Cardinals would look at a deal where they might have to overpay -- in their calculations -- to free up that roster spot because they're going to factor in clearing up that roster spot as part of the return on a trade. For example, the Cardinals could see Player X being worth Roster Player Y and Minor League Player Q but they'll give two Roster Players for that Player X because that equals the value that they assigned to Player X and the Open Spot on the Roster.
Entirely possible with Mercado, Wisdom, or Arturo Reyes.
Yes. All of those streams of revenue are shared. And do not discount the real wellspring of revenue for the Cardinals and 29 other teams: Streaming value, MLB Network, and the MLB Advanced Media group. Those have all been cash cows for MLB.
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Not sure yet. But it is entirely possible that the Marlins have to do a sales job to Stanton for the deal they want, if that deal is the Cardinals. Then, by all means, they'll have to sell him on winning, or having a chance to win, or being part of the legacy of power somewhere, or the idea that he could go to a signature team and sweeten Cooperstown credentials, or if he doesn't win the MVP this winter then make the point that if he was in a different market with a winning team he would have been a unanimous pick. All of those things are possible as the Marlins try to sell him on the deal they want to make -- instead of seeking out the deal that he will accept.
Matt Carpenter is a monster as a player who strengthens a lineup. Building a lineup around him is not what the Cardinals want to do. But have his OBP and his bat and his ability to crush the count and work the pitcher and all of those things batting second ahead of the hitter who is the fulcrum, why that's like 2013, and that worked well, no?
I tend to be in the camp that the best hitter fits second, but I realize that isn't an all-fitting proposition, and for some lineups it makes sense to have the best OBP guy there at second and the most-feared hitter third. Since you offered it up as part of the silly season, let's get silly. If the Cardinals land Stanton, then imagine him behind Fowler and Carpenter and the OBP they'd generate and the chance he's going to hit with a runner on base and a double off the wall could score a run, and that Stanton would see what the eighth, ninth, 10th pitch the starter is throwing at that point after going 2-2 on Fowler and then 3-2 on Carpenter? That's an imposing start to the lineup.
As of today -- and you'll see why this could change -- the free agents for a year from now are Trevor Rosenthal and Adam Wainwright.
They would welcome that option, yes. But they'll go best bat, then best left bat.
Nope on two of the three. Ziegler is of interest to the Cardinals.
Did you see the roster construction? The Nationals started spring training with a mess in the bullpen. The fact that Albers emerged as any sort of late-inning option is actually a credit to Maddux and the coaches, not a detriment. They entered the season with holes galore in the bullpen, and they knew it, and they planned to fix it on the fly.
I prefer the inseason ones, honestly. This time of year, I feel like a constant disappointment because I'm here to offer readers information, and with free agency and trade speculation they want entertainment. You can roam the internets and find plenty of places that will speculate away on the Cardinals getting Martinez or not being interested in Holland or whatever you want, and there is plenty of places to go to get excited and to get theater, and then here I come and have to, you know, be accountable to what I can actual report -- not conjure. Report over rumor. And increasingly, it seems people just want the rumor.