Folks: Derrick is talking to Mozeliak. He'll start the chat soon. Thanks for your patience.
Alright. Apologies for the delay. Thanks for the patience. Back at the laptop. Attending the Glendale Desert Dogs game and on the the way press box ran into a few folks that I needed to catch up with. Had a chance to talk with most of the Cardinals prospects here, and start doing some reconnaissance as the GM meetings near their start tonight with the GM dinner. Away we go.
I would imagine he thinks they're mediocre, at best.
There's no guarantee. They intend to pursue at least one. They'll pursue many, no doubt. I'm intrigued by how things could play out a little slower for the Cardinals than in past winters. I'll explain: A few years ago, the Cardinals needed a RF after the death of Oscar Taveras, and it was shortly after these GM meetings that a deal was hatched for Heyward. It was during the GM meetings a few years ago that a face-to-face with Jhonny Peralta led to a deal soon after. The Cardinals' needs were obvious -- and so were their solutions. The need is obvious this offseason. The need is obvious. But the range of directions is a little less obvious.
Harrison Bader and Magneuris Sierra are both high-value prospects for them. They see Sierra as having the better upside -- but that's partially because he's younger and has the higher incline for development. That also means a higher risk. You can have this conversation in floor/ceiling language. Sierra has the higher ceiling, lower floor. Bader, with production already at higher levels and his play here in the Arizona Fall League, has proven he's got the higher floor. The Cardinals see Bader as part of their conversation for 2018, and Sierra in the year or two after. This is a factor for this season because of the trade possibilities right.
Is it in the Cardinals interest to acquire a short-term CF that paves the way for Bader, or is Bader part of a deal that lands a fixture. Bader has six years of control. So what is the tradeoff? Do Cardinals need three years of control for that to make sense.
White Sox to be sure. Arizona likely. Conversation happened with Colorado starting a year ago. Interested to find out this week if there's been reason to renew those. Rockies have been doing other things with the past month -- hiring a manager.
Can't say I didn't warn you, Mr. Strange.
Alex Reyes still will be No. 1. He sneaks in just under the limit.
Desert Dogs are taking the field.
Oh, they'll be losing a player or two more off the roster. A trade would help tighten the roster, but the bigger deal won't be the one that swoops in to help.
Nope. They telegraphed it. Both teams did.
Lose a pick? Sure. Commit 4-5 years? That's the less likely action by this team.
Yes, he can be. No, I'm not predicting that just yet.
Kean Wong is stepping to the plate. You may remember him from being Kolten Wong's brother.
Many similarities, yes. Injuries and performance will determine if Flaherty sees the majors in 2017. But he's headed there at some point by 2018 at the latest.
They hope so, yes. Or bumped to 3B when one of the younger prospects arrive.
This is the kind of thinking going on, yes. Well done. Desmond has to be of interest because of the variety of places he could end up. LF, 3B. There's some flexibility there that is appealing.
Every GM will if Eppler takes their call. It's not the interested GMs -- there are 29 of those -- it's on the GM that has them to take a call, or reply to an email, or read the text.
None really. Thought the Cardinals saw the baserunning issue as a player thing and a preparation thing, not a third-base coach thing.
Indeed. It's a quiet edge they have.
Nope. Maybe that's my fault. I forgot to pack the torches and pitchforks for this trip.