Could be. And I am always careful to say such things when it comes to 30-homer guys. As some people who have worked the beat with me before. I just think that 30 number is something you don't predict easily. DeJong has that power. He needs that playing time. He could get there, in the same way Matt Carpenter did.
Quick followup to the LeMahieu question. Had this discussion recently about LeMahieu and whether the Cardinals could look at him for third base. The general thought was that he doesn't hit as much at that position as that position requires. Hits for power that is. I suggested that while he doesn't crank out that many homers even while playing in Denver, he would be a doubles machine there at Busch Stadium. That's power, too. That's damage. But that didn't win many points, and it's obvious there are other, better routes for Cardinals to go.
Fowler has a no-trade clause. Start there.
The Cardinals would not be moving Carlos Martinez at his highest value, and the rest of baseball is awre of that. And the Cardinals are, too. This would not be a Sale-like move for the Cardinals, and the return would reveal their wish to move on, not to maximize an asset.
Where would Matt Carpenter play?
He's the Hare. I'm the Tortoise who knows the shortcuts. Do the math.
I thought ... well, at least there is an interesting twist on a tired debate that has an inevitable conclusion. I got it, I'm intrigued by it, but I don't like it as much as no DH at all. It feels like settling.
Really good. Best in the division.
That is not the reason, no. Harper will be counting years, commas, and zeroes before the decimal point -- not how many teammates signed his yearbook.
As far as the former Cardinals go this one makes the most sense of the group. WE've already hit on Ottavino, Miller, and I'm sure there will be others out there. Kelly is a clearly fit because he's in that -- closer today, setup tomorrow, power, available, etc. There's a good mix of things he could do and the contract probably will be reasonable with that ninth-inning, setup upside.
I think longtime chatters will know where I'm going with this. There has to be some upside, right? I mean they have bobblehead nights for Hall of Fame players, and those bobblehead nights do sell tickets. And they can do other things with the Hall of Fame brand that generates revenue of some type. They'll sell adds, for example, for that Molina bio-story on Fox Sports Midwest. And the Yadier Molina Induction Ceremony Behind the Scenes story on Cardinals Insider will also generate revenue. But I'm not sure if you would consider any of that some kind of windfall. Jersey sales are shared revenue. So outside of the retail upcharge in St. Louis, the Cardinals would take home the same amount of revenue from Molina's Hall shirsey sales as they would for Griffey Jr.'s or Piazza's or Harper's or whomever. There is something to what you're talking about though when you're talking about a marketable player, a Q-rating player, and a Hall/Superstar player who moves merchandise and represents that organization. Scott Boras has put a dollar figure on that -- because he points to how a player like that changes ratings, changes TV revenue, and changes the franchise value as a result. I don't know how to put a dollar sign on it, but there are people who make a lot of money who are trying to do that exact thing.
There didn't seem to be, no. Cardinals have been pretty constant in telling other teams and agents that they see DeJong as their shortstop for the coming season, and would only make a move that offers a significant upgrade. I was asking around about Segura and other shortstops when I got that answer from sources outside of the Cardinals front office. It could be that they wanted to create a firmer footing for negotiation and not appear interested, but the same tune was said by enought people that it does seem to be coming from the Cardinals.
Sure. Makes sense. If Jose Martinez or Gyorko are with the team.
The Cardinals wish. This is the kind of move the Cardinals really want to make -- all things being equal. I mentioned this on a recent podcast. If there is one player that the Cardinals would like to make a play for it would be Arenado. Ask me a few years ago, and I would have mentioend Arenado and Yelich. The Cardinals see a lot of vintage Scott Rolen in Arenado, and they really liked having Rolen at the corner and in the middle of the lineup. To date, the Cardinals have not been able to get much traction in talks with Colorado because the Rockies have been pretty steadfast, publicly, with their plan to keep Arenado.
I guess there's always a chance. It would be different, for sure.
Not the Cardinals. He's going east. The story from Ken Rosenthal about how a guest pulled out a Yankees hat at Corbin's wedding -- wasn't that it? -- incredible detail.