He only has a year remaining on his contract. This isn't some lifetime commitment.
They are an elite team in terms of fans and TV viewing, and they do have a nice-sized TV contract that starts this season. But, remember, TV deals are not based entirely on ratings. They are based on number of possible cable boxes and cable subscriptions. NY and LA and eventually Chicago can get the big rights fees because those rights fees will be passed along to the subscribers, whether they watch baseball or not. So, for example, if the Cardinals have 75 percent of the available populace tuning into Cardinals games, that's swell, but 100 percent of the far larger populace that subscribes to cable is paying for the ability to access Yankees games on YES or watch Boston games on CSNBoston and so on. That's a big part of the situation for the Cardinals. It's not the devotion of the fans, it's the number of people -- just the population -- in the surrounding cable market.
Kyle Lohse was represented by Scott Boras. It happened.
That's a front office thing, not a pitching coach thing. And I've asked about that. Mozeliak, who has served on rules committees and such, has wondered how a liberal or loophole-oriented use of the 10-day DL would be massaged by opposing teams -- and what MLB's reaction would be. So far, none. But if you're going to be the team that questions it, that even asks MLB to step in and address it, you don't want to also be a team doing it. Just a thought.
Let his health and performance in 2018 determine that. It will show you.
A little. More surprised that Gardenhire was without a managing seat, to be honest.
Sure. Which is why he won't be looking for a one-year, pillow-deal in March. But that isn't what we're talking about either. We're talking about the Cardinals being in position to make a competitive offer within a market that gives a shorter-team deal.
I have no idea. There are hundreds of questions. Another 12 just came in. I cannot possibly read them as fast they're coming in. I'm doing my best here.
The Cardinals don't believe his contract is built for him to opt-out. They would go into any trade talks or negotiations presuming that he has no reason to opt-out. They are not alone in this view, as I have heard similar descriptions of the contract from other teams and agents.
Cardinals have a need for a closer, a need for a bat, and an interest in adding a starter. They have a lot of work cut out for them this winter.
Their chances shrank over the weekend, no doubt. What the Cardinals are able to offer, however, has an appeal for an established pitching coach. That much I know, and I have been told. They are looking at this as a coordinator role, and that could give a pitching coach far more autonomy when it comes to direction the staff takes and decisions are made. It also could give a pitching coach a chance to show he's ready to be a manager -- if that's the goal. It's no coincidence that we're seeing pitching coaches getting considered for open manager spots. With starters going fewer innings and bullpens becoming more hyper-specialized and hyper-use the game is in pitching decisions and pitching instincts, and some of the best pitching coaches in the game excel at the decisions/thinking that managers must now be able to do.
If it happens this way, it will be via trade. That is how the Cardinals intend to move aggressively on the market, similar to what they did for Heyward. The deal was completed soon after the GM meetings, and that could be a lively week for the Cardinals in terms of arranging and then finalizing deals.
Oh, you bet. If I were to sit down and make a list of the traits that the Cardinals would look for in that starter that they need/want, then a good bit of them would trace to CC Sabathia, with two big, big unknowns. I don't at this point know the kind of deal that Sabathia would be seeking. And, this is bigger, we don't know if Sabathia will use free agency to get out West. It would be the first time he really has that chance -- and he was real close to do that before the Yankees' front office flew from the winter meetings in Vegas and met with Sabathia in person to lure him to the East Coast with a massive offer, too. He spoke openly back then about trying to go west, be closer to home, and he also said that during his time in Milwaukee. It's been years since he's had that chance. So, maybe his motivation has changed, or maybe he sees this as his last chance to make that happen in his career. We'll see.
I think it's fair to suggest that the Cardinals don't know what to expect from Stephen Piscotty. Mozeliak said he is still high on Piscotty's potential and fit, and a lot of that is a comment you'd expect given the contract that Piscotty signed at the start of the season. The Cardinals already explored what the market for him would be, and they did talk to Oakland about him. I would imagine a conversation with the Giants about Piscotty either already happened or would be forthcoming. That's just my sense. One way the Cardinals are looking at this: Put Piscotty in position to be the surprise, the boost, the breakout in 2018, the bat that turns a solid, contending offense into a juggernaut. To do that they need another constant. They need that bat to put in the middle, shift Piscotty down into the latter half of the lineup, and then if he does meet his ability, produce to his upside, then you're looking at one of the deeper lineups around. That seems the most reasonable and best approach.
It takes two to tango. And the Cardinals need to spend a lot of time on the dance floor this winter.
Goodness. That's a lot. Hard to see it all happen. But the Cardinals have a lot to do.
There is no reason why he shouldn't be able to command the standard seven-year deal that Werth, Holliday, and others got at the same age. And that would boost that cost up to the Upton levels, where it likely will go for Martinez, too. So, no, the Cardinals would be the under-bidder in your question.
It does not when it comes to 2018. There would still need to be someone brought in to be Molina's backup if Kelly isn't around. Knizner is a rising talent, and he's going on the same track that Kelly was, with Kelly being considered the better defensive player at a younger age. At last check, the Cardinals don't see the benefit of having Knizner sit in the majors and play once a week when he could get better at one of the highest affiliates, even as Kelly's heir in Class AAA Memphis, and they don't see Knizner as being ready for that role, not without additional experience at higher levels.
Reports, not rumors. These are legit. Rumors are made of smoke. Reports come with accountability, because if a report is wrong it costs the reporter. Archer, of course, would be the kind of pitcher to draw the Cardinals' look, at least with a phone call. The Cardinals would entertain a conversation with Tampa Bay about Archer, and would also talk to the Rays about Colome. This was clear before, but also repeated when the Rays came to town. These are pitchers of interest to them if they know the Rays are actively shopping for a move. I think that's been discussed in past chats.