Stanton made his current contract "with a bunch of suits." I think he knows the drill.
The Cardinals have had talks with both Bay Area teams about outfielders, and it would makes sense that they checked to see what the interest would be for Piscotty in both places.
No. The Cardinals would have to crater to start shopping him at any point.
Have not heard of any interest. They've seen him up close for years and have eyes for other relievers at this point.
You may have heard it wouldn't be the first time the Cardinals came up short. They'll move on just as they did before.
Less control (look it up). Less leverage.
They're measuring this by the calendar, not stopwatch. No one expects this to linger though into the holidays and forever. There's a general sense that all parties are moving toward a decision. The Cardinals have not been told any timetable, nor have they imposed any deadline, not when I last checked (Sunday night). Also, Stanton is worth the wait as long as there is a real possibility that he can say yes.
That is possible. Have not heard whether it is desirable. One of the theories put forth for doing that I've read makes no sense to me. None.
I wouldn't read anything more into the timetable than we already know. There's no reason to chase ghosts at this point.
I don't think you're missing anything. All I can figure is Diaz was not going to have a place in the majors for the Cardinals and they realized he was not going to be a part of the deal(s) they're trying to make.
No, but it's something I intend to do more often. I'd like to do it as a stat. What do we call it? BS90? I like that. Base-90. A measure for how many 90 feet that player gets for the team. And then we could upgrade it to Base-90+ which would be how that player compares to the league average. Then we could call it Total-90, which would minus the outs that the player also created -- or times he cost a team 90 feet.
Maybe it will take off, like the "binary ballot" or the "1-2-3" hitter. I'll make mark yet!
The Cardinals met with his agent, and likely heard what a good fit he would be and how welcome a reunion would be. I'll offer up two points. First, a bit of hesitation: His velocity has dropped and he's got guile but the Cardinals are looking for blowtorches out of the bullpen. Second, a reason for interest: He would be a modern day Russ Springer, and that could benefit a bullpen.
I think the wave is about to gain speed, yes. Especially now that so many teams have been told they're not in the Ohtani race anymore.
I have no reason to believe that Stanton devours media coverage or, say, participates in this chat. I do wonder if Matt Holliday reached out to Stanton. That is something that Matt would do, if he felt another player could benefit from his counsel or for something he knows that they may not. That would be his style. Few players are like that.
Why wouldn't a player who wants to win want to play in St. Louis?
Because it's not the late-90s. It's not the mid-2000s. There are many places where a player can go to win these days, and they can do so at a ballpark they like, in a city they like, for a manager they like, with the travel they like, and all teams have enough money to make that happen. What the Cardinals have to sell is not as rare as it once was. Sorry. That's just true.
You would have to, you know, find him. And he did have a press conference for the MVP, when he parried questions like that. So, yeah.
I was told a few weeks ago that the Cardinals could operate on parallel tracks with their interest in relievers and their interest in a bat (read: Stanton, G.). That was predicated on the likelihood that the Cardinals' relief moves would be via free agency, and it was early on in their conversations with Tampa Bay, or before they had a real sense of what the Rays were trying to do. That said, it could be a case where there are prospects that are involved in both conversations, or, more likely, a team like Tampa Bay will want to wait for the Cardinals to have resolution on Stanton because they know the prospects they can get now but will want to see what prospects they can command if the top-tier don't go to Miami for a bat. That is very much a possibility.
Probably not. Not sure the Cardinals would want to do that.
Is he going to start two out of every five days and play the outfield? Then, no.
I have confirmed any of the examples that I have heard about, no.