The answer appears to be got an offer from the team that he wanted to play with and saw a pillow-deal in that lineup as agreeable. I think that lineup could be fun to watch, and Donaldson could go berserk with production there.
Somebody. Maybe even two somebodies.
Maybe in the Windy City. Sure seems that way. And then he'll be hired by another team.
Because a starter can always become a reliever and shorten that workload, but a reliever cannot always become a starter and suddenly increase the workloads. He's built up as a starter in part for his health and his strength -- and then the need will determine his role at the end of spring training. They've done this with dozens of pitchers. Alex Reyes could very well be the late-inning reliever you describe if he comes to spring trainin as a starter. If he comes to spring training as a reliever, we know he won't be the starter if they need one. Better to keep those options open.
Wrong. It was a typo. Last year's transaction passed off as this years move, according to Post-Dispatch reporting. And later confirmed by the team who is unaware of signing Pena. The Cardinals would know.
Reporting, I imagine. Cardinals tried to trade for Machado a year ago. Maybe that lingered for a little bit. Not sure. I've always tried to convey that if Machado had a choice, the Cardinals weren't going to be high on his list. If I knew this, I bet the team did, too.
First. Now, we're talking about a Plan A, I guess.
Interesting. Hard to pass on that one.
Here's what I do know: We're taking BPIB on the road. We're going to do some podcast recordings at restaurants in the St. Louis area, and I know what one will be done with an audience. Stay tuned.
A starter is where he fits best for the Cardinals, yes. Is this being debated? I missed the memo.
Carpenter has a team option for 2020.
Would be a coup to get a deal like that. Cleveland doesn't appear motivated to move that kind of player at that price, not at this time, not in that weak division.
I'm sure it's not just you. There's probably a group that agrees with you. I'm not in it.
Arrive Sunday night. Whirr to action and meetings Monday.
I don't see Goldschmidt as that pricey of a one-year rental at all, honestly. He's going to cost players where the Cardinals have depth, and then they can walk away as he enters his mid-30s. It's not any different than thinking Holliday was an expensive two-month rental, which he wasn't at all.
Goldschmidt. But it's probably closer than the awards would indicate. Interesting question.
Here's something to keep in mind with the Cubs: They may be coming to the reality that their window is shrinking swifter than planned and that they may not have the ability to keep Bryant. Their actions suggest that. As mentioned earlier they've gotten in a bind of spending on pitching, and then spending to correct some of that spending on pitching. That doesn't leave a lot for spending elsewhere, and Bryant is going to command a bonkers deal at this pace. All of that is happening with the backdrop of a TV deal that isn't as certain as some folks in baseball insist. At the Cubs are hopeful, but not dancing just yet on their own network.
I, honestly, wouldn't. I would remind myself winning calms Reddit, fan bases, and Twitter and all that. I would tell myself that the tail doesn't wag the dog, winning wags the tail.