Yes, but hard to see him being moved. I haven't gotten that sense.
Now this I have had the chance to ask, and it stems from what the Cardinals feel they were able to learn about Stanton from seeing him spring after spring after spring after spring, and also what they were able to get about his work ethic and what they were able to calculate about players like him at his position at his size over the long haul. Now, some of those things they can also do with Harper, and they also already know about Harper. So, there is more of a parallel here to the information they have about Harper than they're letting on, or that they have allowed us to divine with the comparison to what they knew about Stanton. Look, the Cardinals recognize the kind of player Harper is, the kind of baseball hound he is, and how rare it is for a player like him to be available as a free agent. The info is there for them. That's why they would have to answer that question about the reluctance.
Oh boy. Somebody help me out here. Andrew McCutchen would have done it? Take a look at when Yelich was traded and get back to me. That's the risk they had to face.
Cardinals, Giants, Marlins, Cubs, and several other teams had strong metrics on Ozuna. Mattingly told anyone and everyone who would listen that Ozuna was the MVP of the team that Stanton had 59 homers for, and then Mattingly would explain why. The metrics like Ozuna. Scouts liked Ozuna. I got scolded by one for not having him on my MVP ballot. Go figure. I don't remember a lot of naysayers about the player the Cardinals were getting when that deal was made. Seems like a lot of hindsight is happening.
With resounding apathy. Is that an option?
We don't have an award like that. At the annual Writers' Dinner -- Jan. 20, tickets on sale now -- we present other awards. The Good Guy Award goes to anyone within the organization or around baseball in St. Louis. The Darryl Kile Award is voted on by the players. The other awards go to rookies, top players, and the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year is the highest honor for a player. We also present the Schoendienst Award for a lifelong devotion to baseball and the Branch Rickey Award for tremendous innovation that has forever changed baseball. These are the awards that preoccupy our thoughts, so I haven't really given any to media-friendly stuff. I just prefer all of the players be media-professional. Don't have to be friendly at all. Just professional, polite, human.
There is a lot of talk about this in the game -- as it relates to strikeouts, balls in play, and pace of play. These three things are what have baseball's attention.
No. It didn't work that way. Ask the Giants how much power they felt they had, and they went oh-for-three.
Boras has a lot of respect for DeWitt and they have an excellent working relationship. An Aaron Sorkin screenplay isn't going to break out in the room where it happens. DeWitt is low on drama, high on business acumen. Boras is high on sales pitch, and higher on intelligence. They know how to get a deal done that is mutually agreeable -- or they are comfortable enough with each other and future dealings to walking away. There is a reason why some teams don't like dealing with Boras. He can bring out the worst in their spending and is really good at his job. The Cardinals are not one of those teams, and as Boras will point it's one of the reasons why they've gotten strong returns on the clients they've invested in with him. Look at the deals hatched for Lohse and Holliday, and look at all the Cardinals and Boras have been through with Ankiel. There's a bond there.
That is partially true, yes. That pressure is felt by other owners, too. They may not have articulated it. DeWitt has. To his credit.
Haven't really gotten anywhere asking around about that. Carrasco has been a pitcher the Cardinals explored in the past and have thought highly of. I thought Kluber might resonate with them, but, again, I haven't been able to unearth any connection. That could be my failings -- or it could be there's nothing there on the Cardinals end.
And Gomber. Right. You've got it.
This argument can be made. And it has been. Please scroll back in the chat for a longer discussion.
It does not make sense, no. And that's mainly because I cannot get over the hurdle that Fowler has to agree to it and I see no upside or reason for him to say yes unless he just so badly wants to get out of St. Louis that he'll say yes to anything. And even then ...
It will happen. I stand by it.