Technically, aren't they on the West Coast of the Mississippi River?
I have to do a quick radio hit and then I will be back, unless I can multi-task here.
The Hard Line 590/AM here in St. Louis. Free plug for them.
Matt Carpenter would, most likely.
A solid season. Trying to find a comparison for him. That first full year of Michael Wacha seems like too much to predict, right? But somewhere in that 160-185 innings, 25-30 starts, and a 4.00 ERA seems entirely realistic. Instead of ceiling, which could be high for him, let's talk floor. And Weaver's floor is what the Cardinals expected from Leake. And Weaver has more.
Tons. But also the fact they're not on the West Coast and, apparently don't trade in Arizona given the list of seven finalists for him. But mostly it was their inability to offer much of a bonus.
Hard sell. Haven't heard a whole lot of interest in him from Cardinals.
Significant, especially when it comes to bullpen usage.
Joey Votto is not in play for the Cardinals, much as some of us have tried to pry loose that nugget of possibility.
I'll admit this was a while ago, because I just took it at face value and moved on, but the Cardinals didn't believe that the Yankees have any interest in moving Betances, and those teams would have talked through that possibility if the Yankees were looking to move him. So, not much there.
No team did. For numerous reasons. One, there was the fear of the contract and no interest in taking it on during the season if the Marlins just said, OK, have him. Two, Stanton still had the no-trade clause, so why would he approve a deal in that situation? Three, there was a sense that the Marlins would just pull him and were trying to gauge interest. Cardinals had already let the Marlins know their level of interest.
Are they coming pro bono? Then either. Darvish already has worked with Maddux. Arrieta would be fine with whatever pitching coach he has. Both are going to come with a contract that says they're established.
Wouldn't be banking on a Machado/Cardinals combo, not if he gets to free agency.
Dennis Ortega has stood out from what I've seen and been told. He had people talking this past spring training, you might recall, because how strong he's looked defensively and how young he is. He's also very eager to throw and show off his arm.
That comes next week. Ask me again at the winter meetings.