It does not make sense. Alex Reyes is injured and hasn't throw a pitch in competition since having his elbow rebuilt. As a team, wouldn't you want to see that take place first before making a deal for him? Think about that from the Marlins point of view for a brief moment. Second, Stanton's contract is massive, and giving up a primo, elite prospect like Reyes would imply a significant rebate being offered by the Marlins, no? Otherwise, why do it?
The Cardinals had the same thing this season. Shildt wrote them up, and handed them to the outfielders who wanted them. Stephen Piscotty carried one out there. Others did, too. This hasn't replaced Oquendo, except that Oquendo wasn't around, but the outfielders will still get direction from the dugout, something that McKay did, not Oquendo. Just FYI.
More shifts. For sure. I imagine -- and this is going waaaaaaay out on a limb here -- the Cardinals won't be the only team that doesn't shift against Anthony Rizzo. Just a thought.
It's just going to take time. Unlike the other sports that have Christmas at the start of their free-agent periods. Baseball is -- and always has been -- more plodding, more deliberate, more measured than that. This year is no different. Well, there is one difference, I guess: The Cardinals have that 40-man roster to address and that is either done by the end of November or it's done for them. So that's pressing on them. This is going to be a busy offseason for the Cardinals, but if you want it all to happen at once you will already be disappointed. It's going to play out over time. Always does.
A bobber? The Cardinals have done enough treading water recently. A bobber won't help.
Major League players fly charters. So, no. And if players attach them their name to their reservations then, sure, they'd be able to tote those along. Not sure how many do. Fascinating question that I've never thought to ask. But, let's tread lightly, keeping Southwest airline miles is hardly enough to compensate for the wages many of them make, and really we're only talking about the highest level flying.
Always a chance. Better chance he fires his way into the bullpen talks and offers a sleeper pick to change the look of late innings for the Cardinals. Wouldn't be shocked at all if Hudson emerges in some kind of Wainwright 2006 role or even is the seventh-inning bridge that brings things together for them at some point, ala Edward Mujica.
I just don't see the defensive reasoning here. Wouldn't it make more sense to put one of them in left field, Martinez, and not compromise two positions, especially when in this scenario the Cardinals already have a better options for right field in Piscotty or Pham than either of the two options you suggest?
Yes, waivers last for an assigned period of time -- 48 hours, 72 hours, so on. And in some cases then the team has 10 days to make a move once the player has passed through waivers. Teams check on the waivers. Hence the name "waiver wire." They put in their claims. At the end of the assigned period of time, the team that received the player is notified. The other teams hear nothing. That is how a player can be claimed by a contending team and a month later that team still isn't known. That's what happened with Nicasio, if you recall. The Pirates said he was claimed by a rival team the first time through, and that team had no interest in making a deal that was reasonable, so the Pirates pulled him back. (It's believed that team was the Cubs, according to numerous sources, but it's never been verified by that team that I've heard.) The Cardinals were in the dark there. They put in a claim the next time through, and they learned they lost him only when the Phillies announced they got him.
Patrick Wisdom is the most difficult. Oscar Mercado is the most interesting.
Have not heard specifics, but the team intends to have him introduced in some way to fans and have him chat with the media. That was the last I heard.
Teams literally check the waivers. That's something they still do. They check the list of players on the waivers. That's how it works. The actual mechanism by which they check is they are able to access the waivers, and some teams print them off, some don't, some do sometimes and some don't all the time. They are able to go through that list, which yes is kept confidential and accessed only through an interface with MLB, and sometimes that list is so long that teams try to "sneak players through waivers" at high traffic times because teams are literally checking the names on the waiver wire by calling it up. Or, as I said, printing it off. Either way.
It does, yes. My colleagues had a phrase for that: scholarship.
It certainly is an education.
Agree. The Cardinals and Marlins line up well if the Marlins want to pivot in the direction many in baseball expect them to go, and that is why the Cardinals are eager to spend time chatting with them.
I reach out often, based on the news. Before the end of the season, I check with the players on their preference -- team, agent, text, email, call, telegraph, Twitter, whatever -- and then I follow their preference. One player suggested that I could contact him via Instagram. It's a brave new world. But I also try to do what I can to adhere to the player's preference. That's professional, I believe.
He is not the only one that they must trade. I have not heard or read that at all. They could very well keep him and move other players.
Yes. That's possible. Sierra would benefit from more time in Springfield, for sure, and for the Cardinals being at Class AA Springfield is the same as being at Class AAA Memphis when it comes to getting a promotion to the majors. The Cardinals see both rosters in play for promotions.
I haven't gotten that sense in that chat at all.
Two? I don't think that's likely. Or necessary.