You had your chance to come up with something better. The chat is open to all.
But not as important as Plan C. That one is a doozy. Let me tell you!
Have not heard any specifics about a Yelich or Ozuna deal because so much of the focus, or conversation has been about the contract the Marlins want to move: Stanton. That makes sense. What I have been told over and over is that a conversation with the Marlins about Stanton could be spun easily into a conversation about Yelich and Ozuna because the names are familiar, the scouting reports have been perused, and the wish lists are known on both sides. For Yelich or for Ozuna, there's every reason to believe that the deal would also include a top pitching prospect, perhaps even the same one.
Depends entirely on the trades. The Cardinals are, right now, in that 8-12 range, like you say. I could see them scoring well and into the top third when it comes to depth, especially as it arrives at the higher levels. But deal an arm or two and maybe one of the outfielders and they'll slide into that middle third. I don't see them being in the back half though. A rank from 7-15 seems possible, regardless of how much they have to mine the farm system this winter. They'll be helped by Reyes and Kelly still being eligible for rankings in most places.
Yep. That's what happens with that injury. But credit to him for all the work he did this past winter to make that less and less of a question. He proved himself during the season. That should be noted.
I don't even know what Plan C is anymore. That's probably on me. I spend too much time talking to front offices and agents and they don't speak the same way as the rest of us, I guess.
Delvin Perez. Jonathan Machado. Ryan Helsley. Alaro Seijas. Dylan Carlson. Zac Gallen. Evan Mendoza. That seems like a good start. I'm going to publish the Bird Land 7 later this week. So look for that.
Doesn't guarantee it. But it sure gives the Cardinals a head start.
I've been pretty consistent that Christian Yelich would be the play. Colome would also be an addition that would change the look of the Cardinals for the better. Brandon Morrow or Addison Reed. And then make a play for a starting pitcher on a short-term deal.
The chat is tense, man. Lots of pressure.
I don't agree with that premise.
I'm no fool. Also, I'm buying a new car with that salary.
Pretty standard. I saw that Ken Rosenthal, of The Athletic, reported that the Cubs have considered Brandon Morrow as a closer. The Cardinals have, too. Just FYI.
I think Plan A is Candyland. Plan B is Risk. That would mean that Plan C is Pictionary, and Plan D could be either Trivial Pursuit or Chutes & Ladders. Regardless, we all want to avoid Plan O, Oregon Trail.
It has coffee in it. That's all I know.
At no point in time did the Cardinals or Wacha ever suggest the issue was solved.
(Puts head down on keyboard. Goes for more coffee.)
A lot like it did. Girsch has been establishing relationships with agents and with the new front offices that will add to his rapport in the coming years. That's for sure. He's also getting a sense of what goes into these deals at the highest level -- because the Cardinals haven't had a negotiation like Stanton in a long time here. So, right into the deep end. But he would have been part of this anyway. He would have been Mozeliak's wing man in all of these talks, and if anything Girsch's prominence at this time has helped do what has become a theme of this chat: spin plates. The Cardinals can be positioned to move in a new direction with Stanton's decision because they've had two GMs effectively working the possibilities, and, yes, that is the new norm.
Probably. It would pinch, though.