Greetings from the GM meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. Just arrived at the location after a travel glitch last night (flight cancelled; weather they said — in San Diego??), so if you will allow me some patience as I get set up here and then we will race through the questions. Away we go.
They have spoken, for sure. That’s rather common. In person? This week for sure. The GM meetings don’t officially start till tonight. Several members of the front office came in this morning. Boras arrived early to begin meeting with owners already. At some point that will happen with Boras/DeWitt, though it’s not clear of it’s this week. At last check, DeWitt did not plan on being here. Girsch is starting up his meetings this evening.
A lot of footsie. A lot of meetings. The GMs are going to discuss the trade deadline, and Jon Morosi reported for MLB.com that there will be discussion about doing away with trade waivers (how trades happen in August). What we will see is some shaping of the market, a clear sense of the sales pitch that agents want/teams are will to give. Also, some view from other teams about what Cardinals are going to try to do.
That seems a little high, but not much. Would have put 50/50 back during the season. Sure seemed like the Cardinals were going to generate a market for him. They didn’t, clearly. So it raises the chances he will be around for the coming year too.
They have? The industry has determined they don’t have that luxury. They were willing to offer opt out to Heyward. They were willing to take on the opt out on Stanton’s deal. Market says this is how contracts are made these days. Cardinals shrug and say ok. But they don’t view the opt out as an end to the contract — a trapdoor. They and all other teams see it as a commitment for the full contract.
Alright. Now we've got wi-fi. So we can pick up the pace.
Yes. It is easy to see how he would contribute in 2019, and the Cardinals are going to position themselves for that possibility. That doesn't mean break camp with him or expect him to be the answer right away from the left side -- but similar to how we've seen so many young pitchers arrive, like the Siegrist, Martinez, Rosenthal ... That's the timetable ahead for him.
Willing? That's the question that remains to be answered by the team. Able, yes. The Cardinals have money to spend. They are positioned as well as any team in this market. No question. It's not a question of if they they have money to spend. It's always going to be a question on whether they want to spend that money. That's where their discipline meets the need.
It's so early in the game that I'm not even sure what player you're asking about. Sorry.
Those are called team options. They have existed for a long time now.
Both. He has his targets. He wants to have his conversations. Girsch also is engaged in many of these talks, and many trade discussions come from targeted talks that spin elsewhere.
Nope. Unless the market craters.
If the "chatter" is ignoring defense, then defense. But I don't think there are any secrets these days.
He's going to make a lot of money from some team.
Change. A transformative presence.
They do that all the time. It's where the phrase "trading block" comes from.
He is a talent that is rarely available on the free-agent market. With one move the Cardinals will have answered so many of their questions -- and made a statement on what they're going to look like for years to come. They will have won a bidding war. They will have done so on a player that has a predictable career arc, durability, and could perform for them well into his 30s. They were so intrigued by Heyward's age -- well, here's a player who is younger, an elite hitter, and a franchise face, and they have need for all three. He's the hat trick of their wishes, and they are financially positioned to make a significant move this winter, and the market is going to lean in their direction. Long time chatters will know I brought a while back how a source told me that the market was going to create a way for the Cardinals to bid on Bryce Harper and make a compelling offer. There has been nothing to disprove that report so far, and indeed that has only been great substantiation. Scott Boras told The Sun-Times that the derby for Harper right now is "not a regatta. This is a submarine race. Nobody wants anyone to know they are in it." Well, we know the Cardinals are going to be in it -- want to be in it.