Bonkers,right! It's so odd to see some of the teams struggling so much this year and clearing the way for a dominant season. Hoping to get to a game this year and the race could be over by the time I arrive.
The Marlins do not have to do that, no. The Marlins can play poker. The Marlins can see what LA has offered, know it doesn't work for them, and never ever ever never tell Stanton that a conversation even happened. That's one little slice of leverage that the team has, I suppose. Finding a time that an MVP was traded is rare, especially in this era. Couldn't find an example.
He has one opt-out, from what I understand.
Plays second base. Cardinals are aiming for other positions for this added bat.
That would be a risk, yes. But then the Cardinals are still in a good position because the Marlins would have to start strip-mining the roster around Stanton.
Clearly more than Aledmys Diaz. It would be similar to what you've heard around Stanton. Top-shelf starting prospect and an outfielder. Could see the Jays trying to get Weaver, and perhaps looking toward Dakota Hudson. Cardinals would like to hinge it around one of the outfielders. Does Grichuk make sense for them?
In these situations, I would studiously follow what our paper's policy is on such reporting and sourcing, and at some point I would have to confront the player in question. That is the only ethical thing to do. Let the player know. Give the player a chance to react, defend, explain, and if the player declines make it clear to that player that the information is on rock-solid ground and will be reported with his comment or with an explanation that he declined to comment. Above all else, we must be fair and accurate with our reporting. Both must be satisfied before something sees print. That's my view.
I don't think what the Cardinals have in OFs will get in return what you describe here. The Cardinals would do well to turn their outfield depth into current help, or to make a move that clears their OF depth in exchange for athletes in the middle- lower- minors.
I like our chances. I think we're 100 percent to get through today. I'm bullish on us!
Somebody said they don't have any interest in him? Yikes. I've reported just the opposite. The Cardinals have been, to recap, described as a "fit" for Hosmer, and there is definitely some mutual conversation about what that would look like -- or when they would engage in talks about him. They've told Carpenter to be ready to play all over the place, and that is partially because Jose Martinez could see playing time at 1B, and that would mean moving Carpenter to 3B as that lineup comes together. So keep that mind. Hosmer would lengthen the lineup for sure. He would bring some consistency to the right side of the infield. So, mild interest is about exactly what is being shown at this time. Not sure where you got any other impression.
I get the sense that this is what they've been doing, actually. What is keeping them from pulling off the trade could be what was discussed just moments ago: the other teams knows they're trying to play both at the same time and may just want access to the better prospects. Takes two to deal.
Doubtful. Has diminished since end of season. Not a wasted trade.
Until Stanton talks, there isn't any real answer for your question, just speculation.
Covered previously in the chat. Numerous times. Promise.
No more so than any other discussion. I've heard a lot about what "framework" is these days, and the Marlins and Cardinals do have a sense of the "Framework" necessary for another deal.
Fair. Really enjoyed your work in Thor, Korg. Way better than Old Doug.
That doesn't seem like. He's been pretty forthright and consistent with his retirement.
It does because that's how a deal is completed, but right now, where we are right now, watching this through the lens of the chat at this moment, it's in Stanton's court. That's where the deal is.
Have not been given a sense of how quickly, no. That will be clear soon after. And, yes, in their effort to shave payroll they could move several outfielders, or several players.
They went through the process of making their case, as requested by Ohtani's group, and they presented what they had to offer and what they could do and how they viewed the two-way player and all of that. But, no, they didn't really feel they had a chance at Ohtani. They were pretty realistic about it. They had done some intelligence gathering before ever arriving at this moment, and it wasn't a secret they only had $300,000 to offer.