These have not been linear talks, from what I understand.
Your opinion on Ozuna is shared by some evaluators, for sure. I don't think the wheels will turn in a way that Belt suddenly becomes available.
It's funny. I asked around about what exactly is a "formal" offer. I was curious because when teams describe talks about tades and such they do have free-flowing conversations that start with "what are you looking for" and "what are you trying to do" and then they narrow in on whether those two things line up. So teams could be talking through 10 different prospects before arriving at a mix of three that would make the deal happen and then the one that makes a done deal. At what point is all that talk "formal"? So, formal apparently is in writing. That could be a text, I guess. Or an email. I doubt it's certified mail these days. But whatever. Whether they've made a "formal" offer or not, the Marlins going to have a feel for LA is willing to do -- and what they need to get LA willing to do for a substantive talk that I guess would eventually lead to a text message or email that could be called "formal." LA has been described as having "exploratory" talks with the Marlins, or doing their "due diligence" which -- if we just cut past all the semantics -- is conversations that did not go places the Marlins wanted because LA doesn't have much motivation for the move.
To right center field, sure. To left? Meh. Probably not. A quick look at the stats shows that AT&T Park and Marlins Park are two of the worst parks to hit in for lefthanded batters (like, ahem, Yelich) and overall AT&T Park is notorious for muzzling power hitters when it comes to center field and right-center. It is slightly more favorable for RH batters. Busch, for the record, is lower third when it comes to being built for batters. It's a pitchers park.
There is a bit of that, yes. But I want to also point out something else that is going on. Let's use Alex Cobb as an example. About four or five years ago, I would have expected the Cardinals to make a play for Cobb because they felt like he was a value buy. Well, Cobb hasn't changed. But the market and the industry have. One of the fallouts from every team being operated like a hengefund is that they all view players the same way, they all can calculate and target values, and use spin rates and all types of fancy stuff to help set those values. Agents, too. And what that leads to is teams wanting to make a move for value, but because so many teams want to make the same move, the salary climbs, and the cost exceeds the calculated value. Cobb is getting interest from everywhere, and probably a lot of the same offers from everywhere, too. That's creating a vapor lock for the market, and that is really true in the reliever market where a lot of the same guys are coveted by the same teams who view players and make offers the same way.
Can't really hold it against him that he hit by a pitch in the jaw and missed time. But I understand where you're coming from. It's something that I've noted before, but with the asterisk that some of the time missed was due to a fluke injury, not a chronic or recurring one.
Yes, he would have had to approve the trade.
Because they could only offer him $300,000, max. Some other teams can offer their entire allotment to him. It's that simple. The Angels recently traded for more international bonus money for the purpose of spending all of it on Ohtani. Cardinals couldn't even do that. The most they could offer was $300,000. That's it.
They'd have to increase their interest in a starter, like Arrieta, and not just wait for that market to settle into a shorter deal. They would also, as mention before, look to Chatwood. I have wondered about Cashner, but have been unable to get a sturdy link between the two sides.
The Cardinals are talking to the Rays about Colome. If they have expanded those talks to include Longoria, then it would be revisiting past conversations, or reigniting them. And you make a fair argument. Looking at Longoria's stats you can see a settling of his OBP, and the power sagged this year. That 800 OPS may not be a sure thing, but he does get there by playing a lot. He's the everyday third base, and he's an everyday presence in the lineup, and Gyorko has not been that, or not been given that chance. If you're going to find something that differentiates the two, you start there.
Yes they are. That should be a destination team. What's missing is the businesses, the attendance, and the TV market to really set up a big-spender in that area. No surprise they have other alternatives for their entertainment dollar.
Randy Arozarena is a good pick.
Typed. I don't articulate well enough for voice recognition.
No. Two relievers need to be added, too.
I await your report back from the frontlines of social media. Surprised no one has thought of this.