Agreed. I was not there in person. I was watching at home, hoping I'd get to cover it at some point.
There is. And the writers' should know.
Yes, that's possible. Molina expected to be second catcher in at last check. Not sure yet of Carlos' inning. He told me the Cardinals have not given him any restrictions or limits, and the only suggestion, "Have fun." That was his view.
Mark Reynolds stands out.
Barry Bonds once told him he should hit third. So, he's down with it.
Chatters will know that I thought pitching was their weakness. It has been. What has happened that none of us expected was the lack of offense. I saw the 2016 Cubs like the 2015 Cardinals, and thus it's not a complete shock that the 2017 Cubs are the 2016 Cardinals.
You are going in the waaaaaaaaay wrong direction. With that contract.
Donaldson in the Cardinals lineup and playing 3B or 1B makes a lot of sense. I think it's a strong fit that changes the look of the lineup. Gyorko could still fit into it, too. He's played superb 3B.
Could you start with none? Would none do it? Would just taking on the risk of his contract be enough considering the Marlins want to be sold for $1.2 billion and taking on Stanton means, right away, that's actually a $1.4 billion commitment. Would none do it?
Of course it does. Absolutely. The Cubs have two hitters the Cardinals do not. The Brewers have one. The Bucs have one. And so on ...
Why should professional athletes be held to different standards than other careers? They are putting their health at risk for your entertainment. Consider Adam Wainwright. Say he's playing year to year on a deal -- and voila -- blows out his elbow. He makes zero that year of rehab. Zero. Why wouldn't the Cardinals just walk away from paying him anything? If there is personal risk involved in the profession -- and there is considerable risk when we're talking about football -- then offering professional athletes the same protection you or I or your parents or your in-laws or anyone would expect is not just fair, it is to be expected. It should be a given in our culture.
We keep waiting. I didn't get a chance to know if the commissioner was asked about this today. Sorry. That's a miss on my part. As you get the sense I've been spinning a few plates today. It should be addressed at some point. Eager to see if this an issue broached at the GM meetings in November as it should.
I highly doubt the Cardinals would make that deal. Highly.
Yep. You could make the case he's been one of the most defensively impressive players in the league. In fact, I might just make that argument.
"There is talent and personality out there that is just waiting for a story to be told," union chief Tony Clark says to a gathering of BBWAA about the next "face of baseball."
I do not. No-trade clauses are often just a gizmo to give the player control of where he goes -- not that he never goes anywhere.
There's about $290 million remaining on it. So, that's a $1.5 billion known spending.
And, so, other teams don't see the same thing? They have a different calendar? And where would it leave the Cardinals' lineup to deal the player who has driven it for several years.
Oh, he's a legit star, for sure, and one of the great one-tool (power) players in the game. He's a threat. He hits for distance and damage. And all of that. No one is doubting his ability or what he could do for any lineup. Really, any lineup. From Cot's Contracts, here are the details of his deal:
15:$6.5M, 16:$9M, 17:$14.5M, 18:$25M, 19:$26M, 20:$26M, 21:$29M, 22:$29M, 23:$32M, 24:$32M, 25:$32M, 26:$29M, 27:$25M, 28:$25M club option ($10M buyout)
Stanton may opt out of contract after 2020 season
full no-trade protection
So, the contract, as you can see, is built so that he won't opt-out, with all of the major-money years ($32 million!) coming in years after the 2020 opt-out. He's 27 now. So if he does not opt-out, then he'll trigger what is a $29-million for 36-year-old right fielder, who has to play right field or left field because you're talking about an National League team getting him. Consider Matt Holliday and what the Cardinals could do with him at that age, and Holliday came into his 30s as a durable high-average hitter. Stanton has eight years in the majors. He's still trying to reach his third season of 145 games, his fourth of more than 120 games. You start to see now how the team getting him has to brace for a huge expense -- while not wanting to give up a lot of talent on the off chance he just walks away from the deal after 2020.
One person I spoke to down here echoed something I heard back in spring training: Essentially, and I'll paraphrase here, it's the kind of contract that a team would hope he walks away from for greater riches. It means he's been productive. It means someone else pays the mid-30s freight.
You can see the complexities of any deal.