Of course. A thousand and 10 times of course.
Chatwood intrigues the Cardinals (and probably a handful of other teams, and probably including the Cubs, knowing how they are out for starting pitching). Chatwood is one of those moves that would be smart for the Cardinals to make. I have been told that he will consider a shorter-term contract to really recapture and then inflate his value so that he can get another bite at the free-agent apple. To do that he'll want to go to a National League in a pitcher-friendly ballpark with a chance to win, and oh we just happen to know a team like that that is also in the market for flexibility with its starting staff, seeks a short-term deal, and is familiar enough with the new metrics that they're going to really like the granular-level info on Chatwood's performance this past year.
Yes. That is part of the strategy. Always has been.
All about the roster spot.
This is an interesting question, and it's one I've fielded in other venues. The idea being that the Cardinals could offer the prospects that the Marlins want, take on the contracts that the Dodgers don't, and give Stanton the landing spot he desires. That's a whole lot of charity on the Cardinals end, for me, unless they're getting the bat that they need in this deal. Who is that? Dodgers aren't moving Seager. Dodgers aren't moving Bellinger. Dodgers do want to move dead-weight contracts to clear room for Stanton so that they don't tip over the luxury tax so much, and yet what do those dead-weight contracts get the Cardinals? That's not helpful. Puig? Is Puig the middle-order bat that changes the Cardinals? I go through the different permutations of this and see what the Marlins get, I see what the Dodgers get, and I just don't get how the Cardinals benefit at all by being the middle man that pleases both.
This is what the Cardinals have been doing for the past two decades. They have done well to find international mid-tier bonus players. They have had more success than other teams finding late-round contributors and for developing pitchers out of raw materials. They have done that better than arguably any team, so much so that I've been told by three different teams in the past 12 months that they want to duplicate the Cardinals' development of pitchers. This is not new. This is how they've been competitive in this era.
Maybe in the PR realm. Hasn't been the case in the baseball ops realm, from what we can tell. Hill has been driving that.
Greg Garcia is the team's backup shortstop. Jedd Gyorko an alternative. Alex Mejia is still in Class AAA Memphis, if needed.
One would think, yes. That is what the Cardinals wanted to force.
No. But I did have a vicious migraine last night. Glad it passed before the chat started.
Fiasco? Hardly. This has been fascinating.
I don't know. Seems like a guess.
Yes, on the face of it, that appears to be part of the consideration.
Chorus: It opens up a roster spot.
Not first on their list, no.
Outside of talking to the agents of those players, I have not heard of any significant movement or significant discussions involving the Cardinals and those players.
He's on the short list of players who I will always wonder how they didn't become a Cardinal given the interest there was in getting him. But, no, don't see the match there, not with what the Cardinals have there on the bench already.