Jose Martinez as of today. That is subject to change, of course.
You should let the teams know this.
Five years and a lot of money. That AAV is going to be in the $25 million+ range, so you're seeing that value climb. Maybe a sixth that is a mutually agreed upon option or a vesting option. That kind of thing.
Trades don't work that way. Leases don't work that way. Yes, the Cardinals had a close understanding of the Marlins -- but no more so than the other 28 owners. It's not a secret. Heck, I wrote about that stuff with the spring training complex in the Post-Dispatch. Other teams have access to the Post-Dispatch. Some may even read it. I am going to spend the next 20 years of my career explaining this trade, aren't I?
I would be hesitant to do that deal. I'm not saying it's not a good thought. I just would not rush to make that deal, not now.
To the best of my knowledge -- cue the Wisconsin Public Radio theme song -- the Cardinals are not going too far down the track with this first base stuff, not when they don't have to. One of the ways Harper and first base has come up around the market is obviously to create a place for him to play in New York and keep the Yankees active as a perceived bidder in the process. Fine. Why it matters to other teams is the notion that he can age into another position. That means something. So, consider the fact that he's right field for the first half of the contract, left for the next two, three years of the contract, and then there is the possibility for an NL team without the DH to go, well, can he play first eventually or part-time or for part of those final years. That's something that is a factor in the extended consideration of signing Harper.
It's a anachronism from the past when the concern was that the rich teams would get richer by acquiring the earlier draft picks because they could afford the bonuses. Thus, trading picks would be counterproductive -- baseball thought -- to the goal of the draft as it related to the standings. The new bonus purse and slotting structure offers a path to trading picks, and we're already seeing that with the team's ability to trade its most recent picks. Seems to be on the horizon.
Yep. They've done far better with their Norris, Neshek deals. Tells you something about the bullpen, about relievers, and about trying to avoid the sticker price of elite talents.
I apologize, they played on a team together. I took my facetiousness too far when I mentioned the high school yearbook. My bad. Sarcasm rescinded. Sort of.
Not dollars, no. But I know they weren't looking at a one-year deal, or closed off to something with an additional year or two. I have been told since that deal that they felt Atlanta had an edge they did not because of geography and Donaldson's fondness for playing for the Braves. I will also add, that Donaldson's timetable moved faster than the Cardinals wanted. They have been operating and exploring other deals that would come before or in concert with Donaldson, and this goes back to the whole linear thing. They didn't want to abandon those other opportunities for the deal now, now, now. Tells me they like their chances with some of the other things they're trying to pull off.
I'm not going to call any player the next Altuve. He's one of the best hitters in the game, and it's a doomed comp the moment it leaves my fingertips. I will say this: You ask about Urias' ceiling. Well, it's rising. He's a talent. Hits everywhere.
There is no truth to this. I might have been used as a roadmap for explaining the offer -- but the Cardinals are not using Molina's salary as some kind of soft cap for their spending. That would be counterproductive and silly.
Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant live in Las Vegas and took their wives to a show. They're human. Film at 11.
Half that? They don't want to go toward $200 million. Seems to be a reasonable look for them to get into that $175m-$185m range and that gives them plenty of flexibility. That's where the top third in payrolls are headed, and the Cardinals have long said that they are top-third in revenue and their payroll tracks with revenue.
Seems reasonable. And there will be options. Donaldson jumped the line.
Because a team needs two catchers, and a good team always has insurance, and Carson Kelly can handle the position defensively. And do it well.