Not strong, no. Seems like those conversations have played out when it comes to the big-league level. I know there is some lining up of the roster to see where the Rockies have a backup at third base and the Cardinals could make a play there for a prospect, but what Colorado would want in return is unknown. They have Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rogers, and if not Rogers then Trevor Story, but are they going to be so interested in one of the Cardinals outfielders or one of the Cardinals power pitchers to make that move? I don't see the Rockies motivation there. Now, if the Rockies could deal for a closer ...
By rule, the Cardinals believe a long term contract with a player that takes him into his mid-30s is a risk. So, yes, that is the general consensus in baseball that such contracts are risks.
The Cardinals must recognize that Stanton is a player they could not woo as a free agent and that they have been unable to draft while picking so late in the first round. So, rare does a player like him become available on the market in an arena in which the Cardinals have had success. Yes, he's a transformative bat, he changes the way the Cardinals are viewed, he changes the way the lineup is viewed, and he would do more good than any possible harm that contract or that trade could cause. I have come around to that way of thinking as we take into account how every other avenue for the Cardinals to land such a player has not been friendly to them.
Not correct. They could only give him a pay cut of 20 percent, I believe. That's it.
The Padres are in a perpetual tank, it appears. They really own the Rule 5 draft.
I have no idea what this means. Enjoy the holidays.
I don't think getting Stanton would push the Cardinals close to the cap at all. Don't give them that out. They have around $100 million committed, and that still gives them $75 million to fill and still not be anywhere near that spending limit. Longoria would be in play for the Cardinals, absolutely. The Rays could move him before he cracks the 10/5 list and has the no-trade control. If discussions with Tampa Bay that have focused on Colome, and have also -- at least internally -- looked at Chris Archer, Longoria could once again be a target for the Cardinals. When last they expressed interest in him, it didn't go anywhere.
Why is it PLAYER X OR BUST!!!!!!????
The Cardinals will continue to explore a whole host of possibilities, and they have done so already. If it's not Stanton, then it could Yelich, if it's not Yelich, then it could be Donaldson, if it's not Donaldson, then it could Carlos Gonzalez, if it's not Carlos Gonzalez then it could be Player Y, if it's not Player Y then it could be Marcell Ozuna or Evan Longoria or Eric Hosmer or ...
Look, if the Cardinals go into a winter where it's Player X or Bust, then you know what? It's bust. That's an awful way to go into an offseason and a terrible way to run a team. They have to have alternatives to their alternatives.
An interesting one, you bet. A lottery ticket, you bet. Definitely on their list of alternatives to alternatives.
The commissioner is positioning the game for expansion to two cities, and they want to do that as the next CBA arrives. So you are talking about a matter of years, yes.
If you're handicapping where Ohtani will end up, I think Seattle has to lead the way. Wouldn't be a shock if San Francisco was ahead of San Diego, either. Yes, there is a minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft, but it does not come with the restriction of staying on the level's roster for the entire season.
They have been working on their Plan B at the same time. Otherwise they'd be behind.
The Post-Dispatch has reported that the Cardinals have discussed Ziegler with the Marlins as an add-on to the deal, complete with his $9 million salary. Gordon has been mentioned in numerous reports about what the Giants would be adding and willing to take on. Have not heard that the Cardinals would be in play for Gordon beyond some speculation on what they would need to take on to complete a deal. The Cardinals would prefer to have Kolten Wong at second base, if possible.
The Marlins are trying to slash costs. Yelich is a known cost -- he's spent money. The Marlins on the hook for the remainder of his contract and that means certain spending and less flexibility. It's why, based on their motivation, Ozuna is the more appealing outfielder to keep. He's year to year. The current ownership can work out a deal for him if they wish, and it will be their deal, not on they inherited. Yelich is also a way to rebuild quickly, ala the White Sox, while also, again, slashing spent cash.
I wouldn't give them that out. That's just me.
OK. Still, if they don't consider them, then they're not doing their "due diligence."
It was a huge penalty. Just in sheer dollars. And it sets the Braves back considerably. I think it was a message. The Braves got caught. The commissioner has often said that he is going to have a stricter hand and a better feel for how teams are acquiring international talent, and this was a message for what happens when teams try to find the loopholes or out and out break the rules, and he was trying to tell other teams it's not even worth trying because his investigators will find out and the punishment will be severe.
Not today, not in the coming years, not like they once did when there was more chatter about that possibility and the leagues were split into 15/15. It's not something they can bank on.