Please see earlier in the chat. This has been reported. The answer is there.
Sure. Anything is possible behind closed doors. Only really the Rockies know how far along they are -- and trust me, man, that Rockies front office thinks it knows everything.
It is never the same way, twice. That's for sure. Different sources and different means for different things. Sometimes the team confirms. Sometimes it does not. Sometimes the team announces something so fast there's never a chance to beat them. It's like a spider's web. I tug on as many threads as I can until one vibrates, telling me there's a morsel of news at the end.
Nope. I need sources that my newspaper and my bosses are comfortable with -- and I have to prove those sources to my bosses. There have been stories that I've broken stories and posted to the paper's Web site before I ever get a return phone call from the Cardinals.
You really should ask him. I would prefer to not to comment on assertions made by other reporters, and I would not expect them to answer for mine. Thank you.
I'm not so sure. Oviedo. Thompson. Kodi Whitley. Fernandez. I think there's still some pitching the Cardinals have coming.
Yes, I do. Tommy Pham made nearly $8 million through arbitration this year and that's his salary for the coming season. Jose Martinez makes $2 million in the second year of a two-year contract.
No one is shedding a tear for the Dodgers. Better question: Does this at all change the narrative -- I hate the use of that word, but here we are -- around Clayton Kershaw and the postseason?
I don't. I have not been able to get that answer.
They have his timetable set for a return around the All-Star break. That hasn't changed.
I don't see them rushing to move either of those players, no.
I don't see the criticism. I also think that's a real dangerous approach to the draft. Show me the baseball team that drafts for "perceived need in the majors" and I'll show you a baseball team with a lousy farm system.
I've been trying to convey that, write that, say that for five, six years now. It's the reason why way way way back at the beginning of this Luhnow and I got into a disagreement at Houston's facility about how similar their data portal/setup looked to the Cardinals. He insisted it was different. "From the ground up," he told me.
I honestly have no idea what that phrase means, and I have not heard it, and I doubt very seriously that any one with the Cardinals would say that. I've covered them for a few years now give or take many and I've never heard such a pronouncement.
Me, too. I thought that was the natural pivot of the chat now that he's a free agent.
No. That is really not how they operate at all.
This notion getting kicked around that the Cardinals have Goldschmidt, DeJong, and Mikolas signed beyond 2021 is a bit of a red herring. They do have to sign Flaherty for beyond 2021, and he'll be arb eligible at that point and making tons. Hicks, too. Bader if he's the player they have advertised. Wong will be up for an extension here in the near near near future. Molina. So exactly how many of these deals do you not want them to do? Oh, and Carlson. That would be about the time for a Carlson extension, too. That payroll post-2021 is going to fill up quickly, just so you know.
Trick question. It's left field. Doesn't matter.