His contract would say core player. His age would say a commitment to improvement. His production so far -- and with the Cubs, too -- suggests that he's a complementary player. That means you'd have to have a core player at a more cost effective rate, which the Cubs do with both Bryant and Rizzo.
That's something that will be determined this week. Entirely possible he becomes roving instructor, a special assistant to the general manager.
Cardinals need a bat. And there are few teams that are going to be offering them. We'll see who surfaces from the Padres, Blue Jays, Royals, and more in the coming weeks.
They would like to get control, when possible. Always.
Sure. But that's true of any move right? If you bring up Gonzales tomorrow, are you hurting the pitcher who takes his spot by forcing him into a level that he isn't ready for. Are you hurting the develop of the catcher when he loses all the good pitchers to catch? The focus has to be on the major-league level. All roads to point to the majors. All resources focus on the majors. Also, George Greer is headed to Class AAA, and hitting strategy is his focus and he's been successful in college building hitters. So it fits his, ahem, wheelhouse.
Why not the other way around? That would follow the Evans/Ramsey model.
Has not been available according to their reviews. They haven't had success either identifying latent power or making a move on it. DeJong is an example of how they identified it and moved on it. Garcia an example of how they tried to find abroad. I think you do need to take Judge in context considering that the Yankees almost didn't take him and even advertised that they were taking a gamble because they had the extra pick and a scout who believed that Judge was going to defy conventional data that tall players like him struggled. Heck, there were reporters at the time, if I remember correctly, that had teams varying greatly on where he should be picked -- and that didn't mean where in the first round, it was where in the draft. Consider this quote from a recent story in The New York Daily News:
"As Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer explained the typical thinking process of a scout: 'You want to look at what commonly takes place in the game. In Aaron’s case, you can name the guys on one hand that have had success in the big leagues at his size.'"
Just tracking the draft and trying help the paper out, and blogging the news.
Don't overthink the polls. That's my job.
Everyone will always want a big trade. Cardinals could have a 10-game lead in the division and people will want a big trade. The only thing constant is that there is displeasure with the team they have no matter how good that team is, they can always get somebody better via trade. I don't think that's a new phenomenon. We just have many vehicles for expressing that greediness now.
No. There's a reality in play here.
I did not ask that question. I was not surprised by the answer. Mostly, because given where the team is and how it's played it would have been a shock if Mozeliak painted himself into a corner there with an answer that could be used against him later. If they fall apart, and he decided to rebuild, then a comment that said they wouldn't would be fodder for days. He did not get through the answer, however, without a very obvious shot at some other teams. He said finishing last is not a model for the Cardinals.
Donaldson is not a free agent until after 2018.
It was a Mozeliak hire immediately after Maloney interviewed for the manager position.
Who do they want more? What are Cardinals getting in return?