It's an unknown, and count me in the camp that he's done a lot to prove that he should continue to get starts and fill the innings that he's earned. Given what he has to do between starts and to be ready for those starts and to remain strong through those starts, I'm not sure how that would translate to being available most days and really not having that set schedule.
Sure. That would be a reasonable part it. They did want to keep an iconic player.
I'd be pretty flexible. But that's just me. I can assume the check is in the mail?
It has been trending that way. Not a given, but likely.
Always a chance. Not sure that's the Cardinals best lineup, however.
No chance. Too much money at stake now.
That's an interesting way to present trade scenarios. Set a baseline and then offer a scoring system off of that baseline. I like it. I wonder if that's the way we ought to approach trade talk just so we all can be on the same system. Set a baseline. Offer a scoring system. And look at it in reality.
OK, so that group is a 5 in the 1-10. And a 5 is, looking at it, pretty costly, but it does have a mix of arb player, six-year control prospect, and not on the 40-man. Well done.
Donaldson would be a 4-5 then.
Machado would be a 6, maybe 7.
Simmons ... I don't really have a good feel for at this time. Probably in that 5-6 neighborhood? Maybe 4.
Yelich would be in that 6+ neighborhood.
Ozuna a touch lower.
Stanton is in the 4-5.
That kind of works. I think I was able to properly take advantage of your good idea.
It's only coming from one reporter, so that's part of it. I'll stand by what I can verify. That the Cardinals recognize that a top pitching prospect would have to be involved in the deal for Stanton and that their preference is to hold on to Reyes and avoid trading Hicks and, if possible, keep Weaver, and that means they would consider including Alcantara because they have a Hicks or Helsley in the wings, and they would also consider Flaherty because they have Weaver in place. That's what I can offer. The Cardinals are not "leaking" a name out there, from what I can tell. They aren't to me, if that's what you're asking. If the Marlins are then they are trying to let the word get out what kind of talent they're receiving.
Sure. That's why the chats go so long. I'm paid by the hour!
They can be pretty valuable when you talk about making a deal for a pending free agent, like say Josh Donaldson. They replace the pick that a team does not get by not being able to present a qualifying offer -- which would be another reason to make a deal for Donaldson before the season starts and not during the season because he couldn't get a QO then. Also, the competitive balance picks are not just a pick but the purse that goes with them. So getting such a pick adds to what a team can do earlier with its first pick such as going over-slot because of the added bounce to the bonus pool awarded. It's like trading for additional spending cap.
There has not been. That's been on the backburner here at this time.
I'm not sure why you would suggest "especially being a young Latin kid." I know several young American kids who have been so bothered and stressed by trade talks involving them that they get frazzled, even let it leak into their play and change it. This is not a case of youth or language or where someone grew up or even what position they play -- this is the individual. The team has to know the individual, and if they worry how the individual might react to such conversation then they call them. Randal Grichuk has been part trade talks often in his career, and he doesn't need to hear from the Cardinals what's going on. Yet, the Cardinals made it a point to visit veteran Dexter Fowler, who is very comfortable in his career, in person to tell him not to buy into any word that he's part of trade discussions. It's the individual. And if the Cardinals worry about Alcantara as the the individual or Hicks or Piscotty or Kelly or any of the dozens of players who have speculated or reported about at this time, then they'll reach out, but I think you should think higher of the fortitude of professional players. That's just me.
The numbers don't support your premise.
Let me know. We're running out of time here.
First, they cannot trade Stanton to two teams. Cannot happen. Second, it doesn't matter what trade the Marlins accept. All that matters is what trade Stanton accepts. If the Marlins accept two trades then Stanton has three choices.
1) Dan Haren. That would be pretty high. 2) I'm not sure where you're getting that. Pham has earned the right to be the starter, but if he falters or struggles or there's any hesitation in his game whatsoever then the Cardinals have Piscotty, who they did invest in for a reason and may have the resurgence expected. That's why you have the depth you do.