That changes from year to year, but it's not as appealing as it was say five, six years ago, for sure. The Cardinals were seen as a destination place. Consider Carlos Beltran. He had bigger, longer offers, but he came to St. Louis, visited, met with officials, got a no-trade clause, and signed because he felt that he had a chance to chase a pennant here. He got one. And in the meantime he also became a part of the community and his wife and daughters fell for their home here. St. Louis has a reputation in baseball as being a good place to be with a family. I hear that a lot. The players believe they can get a place in the suburbs, in the county, and that it will be family friendly and also they know that they won't be hounded when in public. That's a plus. Jhonny Peralta was one of the players who went on and on about the fondness his family had after living in St. Louis for awhile. So, the Cardinals can play that edge -- but it only goes so far. They also have to look like an annual contender. They have to look like a team that is going to respect free agents, respect veteran players, and not shuttle them around. That's part of why Fowler in center is something to watch. Free agents will. Does the team keep its word? Does the manager? And so on. Clubhouse culture is a big thing, too. Players want to know what it's going to be like to live in that clubhouse, because that's what they do. The Cubs had the city, the title chase, and the culture to sell a few years ago and did at the Cardinals expense.
I thought they were dealers.
That's not the case. Both Fowler and the Cardinals acknowledged that a position move could happen at some point in the contract. Fowler even told us that it was up to him and his performance not to make that happen. He joked with a colleague of mine not too long ago that he hadn't even been around a month or so and Sierra Hype was in full effect. Fowler said something along the lines of, "Just got here. Give me a chance." So, he's been candid about what he has to do to stay in center for the life of his contract.
Revoked? No. They cannot get revoked. A player can agree to change or waive his. That's true. But teams cannot revoke terms of the deal.
Yankees would get Lynn for two months, no comp.
Cardinals would get Greg Bird for another four years.
True and there are concerns about what's next. But even all players being healthy it's off.
David Tennant comes the closest, though I think Peter Capaldi may have had the best, true actorly run as the Doctor this past season. Very impressive season for him. Really. And I'm eager to see what Whittaker does with the role. She's a welcome refresh for the story. I hope she stays for a long Baker-like time if it works, because the constant shuffling is starting to become the story and not the stories themselves. Would have been happy to see Capaldi go on a run for five, six, seven seasons, so here's hoping Broadchurch star will. Will make that Two Doctors with Tennant kind of trippy, no?
Nope. GM meetings in Florida. More Florida.
Why would Kansas City want a two-month starter?
They see this, yes. Matheny closed off that conversation publicly when I tried to have it this past weekend in Pittsburgh. He said that the team does not see Piscotty "like that" or "in those terms." Fine. The premise of my questions with Matheny and Piscotty both were how the injury could give him some time on a rehab assignment that would serve as a chance to find his swing -- without the demotion. Piscotty said that it would make sense for him to get his timing, and that he could get healthy and his timing in games that don't count in the major-league standings. That made sense. So, you could be seeing something like that in the near future.
All of that, yes. All of that is correct.
Not today. Hard to see that happening tomorrow, this month.
Yes. Houston is as good a fit as any for the righthander, and if the Astros want to try and keep him beyond this year Lynn would certainly listen to what they have to offer before he hits free agency.
That wouldn't really accomplish anything more than a roster churn. I guess some fine-tuning of the minors always happens, but that's not really what's at stake here.
He has played the best. For sure.
As we've discussed often in here, Martinez has not been palatable for the Cardinals. They're interest in him has been entirely based on other happenings in the market-- whether they have to go to a rental (they want to avoid that) or whether the price drops for a rental to make sense. It's that last part that they've found unlikely with Martinez, no matter how many calls or texts they make. They've got a feel for what Detroit wants and know that's not what they're looking to do.
Possibly. That's not a bad name to track.