My answer on this hasn't changed. Britton.
The Cardinals would welcome that, minus the years missed for injuries.
I did not. Shocking news here: Don't really pay attention to such things. They don't influence, impact, or reveal the news.
They'll get his input, I imagine. His comfort does matter to the team. He also has a noise for catchers. His agent also represents a handful of the available catchers in the market this winter. Sucre. Rivera, Pena to name three. So, Molina probably already knows them well -- wait, no, not probably. I know he knows them well and who he wants to share a job with.
Not tired of the Harper questions. They have a place this winter -- for sure. They belong. And many many many are thoughtful. Nothing to report on Smith beyond the Cardinals and Giants have had discussions/negotiations that have been about Smith, possibly Watson, and that Jose Martinez was in some way mentioned.
I don't think so. Not sure they've been asked. Not sure what they would say that would forward the story.
Don't know. Ask me in March.
I'm not sure how to write chances. 3 to 5? It takes one wacky owner and then he'll get it. To date, there are no wacky owners out there making this offer. I've been told he may try for a 12-year deal. That too seems unlikely -- or it would take some kind of gizmos and levers and pulleys in the deal to make that happen. I bet it's more likely that he gets the AAV you describe than it is the length of deal here.
I've unearthed nothing on that, except perplexed stares on why the Dodgers would want to move one of the better players on their team. If so, what do they know? The Cardinals would have that conversation with LA, I just haven't been able to determine if they have. It's not for lack of checking -- it's for lack of not getting a cross-eyed look when I do ask.
They won't have to, no. They do need that lefty, yes. And there are a dozen available.
No closer than he already was, I imagine. I guess it puts more luster on 2019, but Harper isn't looking for a deal that only lasts for 2019. He's looking into the sustained excellence of a team beyond 2019 -- for the life of whatever contract he signs, maybe for the life of whatever contract he has. He has been outfitted with reports from Boras Corp on all interested teams -- and all teams that he should be interested in. The Cardinals were one of the teams that he was offered information on. Boras told the group of us that Harper has devoured all of that information. I have been told that he was familiar with the Cardinals' pitching outlook and that it was a good sign of future success according to the studies put together and provided Harper. So, he's done his research.
Nope. They have Chicago. They have Reinsdorf. They have a TV station. They have the dough. Here's a secret: MOST TEAMS DO! Teams are not lacking for money to spend on players. Revenues are high.
Granted these are rare players, but the pace of their agents suggest Machado will sign first.
From what I've been able to gather from reporting, talking around to people, and trying to get a sense of what the Cardinals intend to do, with Goldschmidt it could be around that five year, $150 million range, and that could be done this year so that it folds into 2019, includes a raise for the coming season, and then is a de facto six-year extension that some reports have him commanding. That's what they mean. For Arenado, it's going to be significantly more. The value will be greater than $200. I'm still not clear on the kind of years it will take. Candidly, Machado is going to help set that market, and it may be one reason why Colorado is waiting for the whole extension thing. Machado will set the ball in motion there for Arenado and for Rendon.
Ah, yes, the classic chat questions about who is going to lose their job. A personal favorite. I wonder if in the future the Cardinals front office will host a chat and they will be asked if I'm getting so close to my typo quota that I'm on the hotseat -- or when can readers expect layoffs at the PD! Huzzah! Anyway, it's important to note that DeWitt has called the front office a "collaborative" and he means that he's included in it as part of the decision tree, if you will. That does fortify the group that creates the brain trust. Mozeliak is insulated from hot seats -- no, not with his trousers, but with the work he's done throughout the organization. Seriously. He had a president's influence long before he had the president title. DeWitt values that. Girsch has been a key part of the team's analytics growth and how that department has been funded and grown and empowered, especially in recent years. So, hot seat? That's hard to see at this point. Ownership is impatient, for sure. A fourth year out of the places could lead to the seats being rearranged if not warmed.
I wasn't until now. Thanks, Jim.
Have not checked on them personally, no. I asked Dexter Fowler about it because it was the third consecutive year and I felt it was worth knowing why. I had been told he had a conflict and asked what it was. Maybe I should get more wrapped up in the Winter Warm-up drama, but I am honestly more interested in the Ozuna who shows up for spring training.
Yes. And so do many scouts in baseball.