An important point of information: Correa was not banned for life for violating federal law and illegally accessing the Astros' database. Baseball banned him for life because he did not cooperate with the investigation. If he agreed to meet with them later or offer more details then MLB would lift the lifetime ban. That is why he was banned.
I have in the past. He said he did not.
They won't be no. The Astros are firing Luhnow and Hinch as a result of the suspensions. From the best I can tell, ESPN.com was the first to report that. But it's widespread news by now.
Major League Baseball has its ears up. All teams were told that they would be under scrutiny and that the commissioner's office was taking allegations and violations very seriously. This happened this past fall. And it was a repeat of the message that MLB gave all teams when Boston was caught with the Apple watch-gate.
I think they repeated the news. Credit where credit is due: ESPN's Jeff Passan reported it. I'm sure that others did was well.
I don't have a good feel for the AAV, except there was a push for it to be in the $18m-$20m range going into this, maybe in the five-year, $100, or just above what Dexter Fowler got. That was kind of the target. In doing some recent reporting on this, I have been told that the Cardinals need to improve their offer, make it richer. The general sense is that the Cardinals would prefer a shorter term deal -- that's true -- and make it for a higher AAV. Evidently, they need to kick that up to make Ozuna's decision for him. But the market hasn't exactly shown they need to.
I have heard Castellanos mentioned -- in the sense that the Cardinals did not have any interest in trading for him this past year because they felt his defense was not a fit, and that was of course when they had Ozuna in left field. Has their view changed? Not from what I can tell through reporting, not again when compared to Ozuna. They are comparing the available players cost against each other and, most of all, the chance they'll get some production from their committee of outfielders at the lower cost. I get how unappealing that is to fans. Trust me. My inbox is loaded with anger. Castellanos OPS does stand out as a certainty and an appeal. If his market were to drift, drop, then the appeal would be clearer because of the lack of a pick. But I've not been able to connect the Cardinals to Castellanos at this point. At the winter meetings, I was told they were not "in the chase" for him. But things change.
Absolutely. I expect they'll be back in baseball. Though Luhnow can probably go make tons and tons and tons of money doing something else, if he wishes.
I do not think so. I have a hard to retrofitting history that we all saw happen. I would much rather this go in the explanation, the chronicling of the events, so that we learn from them. I don't think history should be cleansed away if we don't like it or don't trust it. We should be meant to face it, remember it.
Did not know Trevor Bauer frequented the chat. Cool. Welcome, Trev.
Candidly? I was on vacation. Passan reported the trade. I was called into duty. I made a call. I got it confirmed, and I was told one of the outfielders who had been discussed in the deal. Wrote the story. Turns out that OF was not in the deal, so I had to double-back to get that confirmed, that corrected. Then I spent some time trying to get out of trouble with the family. That's how it goes.
Joe Espada is overdue for a manager job. I don't know what it means that he's been with the Astros the past few years as bench coach. Do the Astros' want a clean start, an overhaul ... ? I would get it if Crane goes that direction. If he does not, then Espada is right there, deserving and by all indications ready.
Let's get this one out of the way. He has one. Period. He's had one for months. Period. I reported in November that he has no-trade protection throughout this winter. His extension gave him a no-trade clause and when his extension started -- the day after 2019's season ended -- so did his no-trade clause. I have now triple-checked this with officials and with MLB, and the Cardinals have long maintained that they approached things this winter with Carpenter having a no-trade clause.
That is one of the reasons some voters have said for not supporting him, yes.
Nah, I'm feeling generous. B.
Also, I'm grading on a curve.
That's right. Because the Cardinals offered him a qualifying offer, any team that signs Ozuna loses a draft pick. The Cardinals will gain a draft pick later in the draft. They do not get the pick vacated by the team, or the bonus purse attached to it. They get a pick assigned to them that would come after the second competitive balance pick round.
The precedent has been set. And Boston is facing its own inquiry.
They certainly want to. They are trying to. In addition to weighing the options they have to add a hitter, they are also looking to add a pitcher from outside the organization, possibly as on a Bud Norris/Pat Neshek-like move. That is on their mind.