No. I think there is plenty. Your question is an example of that.
Oh, I'm sorry. I couldn't guess. I tried to answer your question as you stated it and keep the chat going. I get scolded for taking to long to answer some questions and not long enough to answer others. Can't please everyone. So I keep moving.
I don't see a match from the players' side at this point. I reserve the right to do some more checking our in the coming days and see if that changes, especially with Cabrera.
They absolutely are. They are higher on him than the rankings in part because the Cardinals are looking at production (check the numbers) and the rankings are stuck on pedigree and his 11th-round selection. They should get over that.
Huh? No. That makes zero sense. I wouldn't wish me being editor on any newspaper.
Paul Goldschmidt did, mostly. That was the pivot. That's what became clear at the winter meetings -- and wasn't the case at the GM meetings.
I don't get that sense. It has become clear in the past few weeks that Washington had that 10-year deal on the table -- and that it went places other teams have not been willing to go. There was a sense coming out of the winter meetings -- from reports made by other writers and from my own conversations with people in the know -- that a higher-AAV, shorter-term was gaining traction as a possibility, and that would open up the bidding to a wider-range of teams. Didn't. Instead what we see from reports and from conversations is Harper going the same path as Holliday (mentioned earlier) and there being some kind of staring contest here with the Phillies and what direction they go. Certainly you could see Machado choosing between the Sox and Phillies, and then if he chooses Sox, the Phillies go big on Harper and then Boras could play Phillies against the Nationals in the same division, which would give him the leverage that he seeks. But it takes Manny signing first -- and does Machado sign now or see what Harper gets and then make the move. Someone has to leap. And that direction does not seem to be in the Cardinals way.
His assignment will be largely based on what happens on the depth chart ahead of him. Right now, he's headed back to Class AA. He only had the six starts there in 2018 and a return would make a lot of sense for development, competition level, and then have him ready to slingshot ahead if there's a promotion or injury that clears a spot in Class AAA. The Cardinals don't really distinguish between Class AA and Class AAA when it comes to a promotion or consideration for the majors -- not when a player is on the 40-man, a power pitcher, or a lefty.
Oh, I don't know if Harper was Plan B. Coming out of the GM meetings and in subsequent days it became clear that Goldschmidt was Plan A. Once the Cardinals found out he could be had it became their focus to make the Diamondbacks' decision for them with an offer. And then as the winter meetings approached, the Cardinals really wanted to push for some kind of momentum, some kind of decision because as a source told me leading into the deal they weren't sure a deal could be done if it wasn't agreed upon by the start of the winter meetings. Cardinals pushed for that deal.
I think Mike Shildt intends to get away from the closer designation.
Everyone agrees because it's the truth. It's a fact. As reported by The Post-Dispatch over and over and over and over and over and over again. I don't know why other sites haven't caught up. Perhaps they don't read the Post-Dispatch. I would encourage you take it up with them. My responsibility is to make sure that we have the correct information. We do. And we aren't keeping it a secret.
Because he was working for other teams, I imagine. Washington's organization for awhile about 10 years ago. He attempted to get a gig with the Cardinals, but did not.
Because his contract says so. Same with Oh. The information is out there. I've done my part.
I pick from a bucket of questions that right now has 342 questions and I can see a grand total of one of them because it's approximately 200 words long.
I owe listeners and apology. I tried twice to put together a BPIB and failed each time. I'm oh-for-two in the past three weeks. That's on me. That said, we're going to get one this week, and then speed into the new year with some new plans, maybe a new look, and some new ideas about how to conduct the podcast. The good news is we have a strong stockpile of past episodes, too, and I want to do a better job of revisiting them. Plus, coming this year: Destination recordings. With an audience. Stay tuned.
He can't do both of those things. So, if he has a strong 2019 and the Cardinals want to risk offering him a one-year, high-dollar deal thinking he'll get a bigger deal elsewhere then they will to get the draft pick and then say so long to him. Or, an extension would take place before that. At this point, the Cardinals plan to engage Mikolas about an extension -- they've already had conversations with his agent -- and if they fail to pull that off then maybe turn their attention to Wacha if he has a strong year. But if he has a strong year, Wacha has a lot of motivation to hit the open market and make a choice about where he wants to pitch and what kind of contract he could command. The most likely scenario here is that Mikolas gets an extension that is greater than Kyle Lohse's and somewhat in line with Mike Leake's free-agent deal, and that Wacha moves on as a free agent.
Haniger absolutely is the kind of player that would help the Cardinals. Mariners want the world and the moon and a few stars, and they haven't hid the fact that they would need to get that return regardless of the other contracts being accepted at this point. Felix does nothing for the Cardinals and does nothing to soften the cost of this deal. Nope. There would be no "low cost." This is a conversation that the Cardinals and M's at least had briefly, likely at the GM Meetings. And you can see where it went. Not far.