Salutations. Donaldson is a Brave. Diaz is a Met. Segura is about to be a Philly. The Mariners are a skeleton crew. And the Cardinals have hit all their roster deadlines, as mandated by baseball. Should be a good chat. Consider this the opening act of a busy day of asking questions here at StlToday.com. The chat, starting immediately, will go until about 4 p.m. because then I have to skate for tonight's Sports on Tap event in Kirkwood, Mo. That's basically a chat -- with a live studio audience. So, I appreciate the opportunity here to warm up my questions here because the Hot Stove Season there is always the chance to get burned. Onward!
It doesn't appear to at this point. It should. They will have to reconcile that approach because I'll be asking about that very thing. How does a team that talks about the "out years" of a player like Harper balance that hesitance with an eagerness to sign a player through those exact same years.
Heck, he gets to lead the Clydesdales onto the field.
I never really know how to answer these questions because what does it mean to say there is a 20 percent chance of that happening? What does that tell you? Is it any different than if I say 45 percent or 75 percent? There's no way to verify that's the truth -- for you, for me, for the team. Here's what I know: The Cardinals don't expect such a move in the coming days, but they are also one phone call away from momentum picking up for a deal. It has long been the Cardinals' view that their activity would intensify with the winter meetings -- that all of this stuff was prelude before arriving in Las Vegas. And that some of the deals that they're look at could linger, to Christmas, past the New Year's, and into January. There is a long-game aspect to some of the things they're looking at doing, and they know that pace.
Nothing really. Pragmatism?
I don't have that same feel, no. There are other Yankees that the Cardinals could chase that would make more sense for them than Hicks.
It's an interesting move, for sure. The Cardinals explored trading for Garcia a few years ago, and best I could tell they didn't get a whole lot of traction for him, and then stuck with the Piscotty, Grichuk group there for awhile. Holding the prospects, instead of moving them. There's no-risk right now to trying for Garcia. But I want to caution there really isn't much for the Cardinals to offer Garcia that he cannot get better somewhere else. A player like him is going to look for playing time -- and should. He doesn't need to be "in the mix" or "part of the depth." He needs to rebuild his value, and a way to do that is to score a deal that has a clearer path to playing time.
Seems better for the Mariners than it is for the Mets, honestly. Mariners cut cost, gain some roster clarity, and had to give up a cost-controlled closer but some teams can develop those and the M's got some upside prospects. Mets took on all of the immediate risk, really. The Cardinals and Mariners have talked this winter about how they line up for trades -- again. Seager has been in those conversations. There is obvious hesitance on the Cardinals' side because of the dip in production you describe and the natural tension this creates -- Cardinals' interest would be in making for a trade that could pay off but doesn't cost much, and the M's are going to argue they should get return as if Seager is for sure going to bounce back. The Cardinals cannot move away from any of the upper-tier possibilities for corner infield, especially via trade when there is also control.
I'm not sure I buy your premise, but I'll bite: DeJong and, for kicks, Genesis Cabrera.
Many many rumblings from fans who want this to happen -- and it's impossible not to see why. Exactly as you describe. Controlled player. Ascending player. An answer for now -- and beyond. Seattle's GM DiPoto talked with a few of us at the GM Meetings and specifically mentioned Haniger as part of the group they want to build around, and part of a the quick reset he wanted to create with other moves. Of course, he also mentioned Diaz in that group. So, maybe take that into considering and still the rumblings, rumblings, rumblings are not yet overwhelming the reality of Mariners being reluctant to trade such a talent like him.
It's going to hinge around a few key elements -- a major league-ready pitcher, who may even have major-league experience but comes with several years of control. An upside prospect maybe not yet on the 40-man roster so not burning up the options. And a contributing position player with an appealing, standout tool.
Probably. Low-cost, high-upside. Perdomo-like.
The fact that everyday at the ballpark there is the possibility of seeing history -- and getting a chance to write about it first. And the reality that even the worst day at the ballpark is still at the ballpark around a game I adore.
Cardinals more likely to take that call than Mets are likely to make it.
Oh, Cardinals and 29 other teams rave about Lindor. He's a universally lauded talent. Even if it is reluctant to go to the $200-million range for an extension, Cleveland is at least a year away from having to explore this possibility. Lindor remains one of the best bargains in the game -- and it is hard to think of a package of talent that would give Cleveland fair return at this point, let alone not just put them in the same bind with multiple players instead of one elite, sublime one.
Looks rather similar to the Ozuna trade, honestly. So connect dots from there. Names you bring up are going to be talked about, for sure.
The Cardinals did not re-sign Francisco Pena. He remains a free agent.