I could make a better case in a different medium, but he's an emerging star. Getting one of those is rare.
Possibly two. The catcher may move as well. Could be two of their group.
He's on a list of players who got away. He's not alone.
Tom, thanks for stopping by an chiming in. Appreciate the readers, for sure.
He will go down as one of the biggest misses likely of the current organization, and that comes even with all the years on his contract remaining. Even if the second half is only half as good as the first half, that's still strong value, and if he misses some time for injury he's already got elite seasons in the bank. Yes, the Cardinals were leery of how power righthanders age into those longterm contracts and how rare they work out. That's why, at best, they were on the periphery of the talks. I was told early on that the Cardinals were "not a player" for Scherzer, and it wasn't for Scherzer's lack of interest in drawing them into talks, or trying to get a market-value deal from them. FanGraphs does a cool thing -- and really it's just a fun toy -- where they assess the market value of the production from a player. Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210-million deal with Nats, and in the first three years of it -- really 2 1/2 years -- he's already given them $129.8 million in performance. Zoinks.
That is not palatable for the Marlins.
Not sure I ever heard him described as that kind of hitter. High average guy. Had to show power. Has really been undone by injuries, and not just run of the mill injuries. He was a hitter who had a wrist injury and that can be difficult to overcome. Jon Jay took several years, and that was even after surgery to clear up the wrist injury. It's not that the swing or power never comes back, but it takes awhile.
Short-order cook time? as my former colleague Bernie Miklasz would say. I imagine if the editors assign such an opus, I'll be right on it. But please understand that most readers in here would probably prefer the time spent on July actions and major-league activities or this chat. The weekly chat does chew into the reporting. I imagine over time all of those questions will be answered if they haven't been already. I would reference you back to the draft preview story about their strategy and how it compared to previous years. That is the start to your answers.
Matt Holliday is a Scott Boras client. He got a deal from the Cardinals that was favorable to his client. I get that you're going for the Nats-Boras connection, and I've made it myself a few times, but this wasn't one of those things. And if it was, then 29 other teams were wrong about Scherzer and kudos for him working hard enough to make them all wrong.
Mostly only in this chat and message boards.
You are always welcome. Without your name being attached I cannot go and find these "tough questions" to unearth. You seem to just be filing question after question promising more questions. I've got another hour here, so I'll go looking.
For Lynn that makes sense. Cannot imagine the Cardinals giving Oh a qualifying offer. He would say yes, and you wouldn't get the draft pick anyway.
I always thought if you don't put your real name on something, they're you're hiding behind a keyboard, by definition.
Cost is everything. You hit on the reason right there.
Interesting point. Presented here for posterity.
There are a few other comments in the chat like this one that are not buying the upside of Yelich. Hey, I get it. I see the production Ozuna has and realize that I should have been quicker to buy the upside there, too. Legit bat.
He's come up as well. Not the surefire answer that others present, but harder to dismiss than some of the candidates flung around. Would put Hosmer ahead of him in the fit, but not a whole lot ahead of him.
That's the start of what you're talking about yes. Think of the top prospects in the Cardinals' organization and group two, three of them, and then put a major-leaguer or a major-leaguer on the cusp for him. With Yelich you also have to balance the control scales, and that's where you've done real well here. That's a lot of control that is coming in return for him.
I guess one that doesn't get talked about much would be Jay Bruce. Another rental, but if you're looking for one off the radar that could be a Cardinal that would be one.
It was an odd move, and almost a costly one, yes.