Absolutely. And the clouds of a work stoppage start to gather.
I was once told sportswriters are not, or that they are less so. I took issue with that assertion and set forth to prove it wrong. #Developing
Yep. They've talked to his agent about a return. His agent has talked to them about a return. It's all about seeing if the ask lines up with the offer. It may not. Cardinals may want to only offer a minor-league deal at this point to keep the catcher off the 40-man roster and not cause any losses of pitches.
I wish. It doesn't seem that way. One of the things that the former commissioner, Bud Selig, really wanted to create was a 365-day sport. He wanted baseball to have the ability to be on the front page of the newspaper (or web site, or whatever) every day of the year. I know in St. Louis this is possible. It's a baseball town. But elsewhere the idea of stoking trade chatter all November and then having signings and Hot Stove talk all December and a big Christmas acquisition -- that's marketing, and that's what Selig wanted. He never wanted baseball away from the water cooler conversation. Baseball still sees the benefit of that. A quiet period in trade talks or free agency is a quiet period for the network, too. So, it's only natural if you give a market an unlimited amount of time it's going to start to fill that. Baseball remains in the news, chats on Dec. 17 can still stir up more than 600 questions and thousands of readers, and in markets throughout the.U.S. there's a chance that on the same day the Bears clinch the division the White Sox are courting Manny Machado. It's good press.
It's a playoff team, yes. Has the makings. Needs healthy. Needs a starter to emerge from the group as more consistent, alongside Mikolas. Needs Ozuna to be Ozuna. But it has the makings.
The poll is fascinating. I like that it speaks to the people who are reading the chat vs. the people who also ask questions in the chat. I'm flattered by the breadth of the audience. Thanks.
I don't see it that way. Not with the pitching the Cardinals have. Not with Molina in place. And the likelihood of them getting to November without some indication of the next core is really unlikely. They've set this roster up so they choose -- and that implies they will. And then go into the market.
It's possible. And it's a heck of risk. And they know it.
OK. That's fair. It's not going to change. We're all just getting older.
Nope. Not at all. We should all have friends who speak on our behalf as well as Tony La Russa does for Harold Baines. We need people who like us that much in our lives.
I've made it clear that I'm quoting a source at that point. That is something I was told, and later had it repeated to me by someone who is in the know about Harper's wishes/market. It seems to be pretty self-explanatory. If the Cardinals thought they had no chance with a free agent after Price, et. al., and then also Stanton, then they needed to rethink this because they had a better chance than maybe they realize to get Harper.
Only a certain type of pick. Only compensation round picks. This was changed when they were introduced a few years ago.
I've heard plenty of speculation, none of it informed. I wish I could point to the cranes that are outside the ballpark and point to the debt involved in that building they've got going up and how odd it would be the sell the team in the middle of that. After that? After BPV exists and is thriving and minting money and all of it -- well, then you're talking about billions in sale. (You really already are, but there's debt there, too.) The DeWitts have been steadfast in their answer to this question. The ownership has changed some in recent years, but there are some longtime owners who intend to stay owners. DeWitts, included.
I don't know. Probably not. They did seem to be the only suitor.
In that division -- they can do both!
(No, Lindor is not available. He's a transcendent talent at a crazy low salary.)
Remains a thunder bat for a corner position, especially in the outfield at this point. There isn't that top-30 outfielder about the barnstorm the majors. That's why they've been looking to add depth there.
Perhaps. And that disconnect, as we're seeing, goes both ways.
Not necessarily. It would put more emphasis on Webb, Shreve, Cecil, or Cabrera doing that role. Seems like of the four there would be one that would emerge, no?
Baseball operations. The people who explore trades and returns. Mozeliak/Girsch and DeWitt and the whole group. They get ideas this way.
Sure. It does. But not as much as his health being another year removed from surgery and his power sinker stands out from the group. Seems like the less risky of the group, and the Cardinals are in a spot where a little certainty would do them a lot of good in the bullpen.