I've never been in the room. But sitting there mum seems like a bad way to play poker.
The Cardinals have stated, clearly, their intention to have Carson Kelly as the backup going into 2019. Those were the words that Mozeliak used at the end-of-year press conference. They believe he has done all he needs to do at Memphis; I believe that was the phrase. The Cardinals can yet sign Pena and have him come back without any promises of a role -- but a chance. And they can yet use Kelly as part of a trade. Those things are both possible. But as they reach Nov. 5, there intention is to have Kelly be Molina's backup.
Harper is a better player. Period.
There will be like 24 of them. They all talk to each other.
I have yet to see a reason why Colorado would be motivated to trade Arenado, even with his wowzer arbitration-fueled salary coming. It doesn't make sense for where the Rockies are at this point -- unless, I guess, they go full-tank mode. That doesn't make much sense for them. The Cardinals could do well to have a two-year bridge, sure. But that's a big bet on the future of the position. The Cardinals have three top-end third base prospects, for sure. They have had more than that in the outfield. Odds have produced -- how many impacts in the majors? Are they one-for-three in outfield impact? Are they one-for-three in pitchers who have had a big impact as top-end prospects? To me, one-for-three is still a big bet. They'll want to keep flexible, obviously -- because either DeJong moves to third or one of the other prospects arrives and is exactly like the Cardinals believe he'll be. But if they have a chance to get better for 2019 and 2020 and 2021 and push that arrival back a year or get some insurance that arrival won't happen with in an impact -- seems like a better play to me.
Sure. Cleveland is going to be an interesting team with trade options for the Cardinals to explore.
I have seen nothing in the Cardinals comments, in our reporting, or in their past history to suggest that the Cardinals are going to be in Kimbrel's bidding. That would be so far out of character -- and it would contradict everything they've just done with that role for the past 12 months. The opposite is the case for Donaldson. We have seen things in the Cardinals comments, in our reporting, and in their past history to suggest they have interest in Donaldson. They know the price of admission on Harper. It's where some rogue team (Washington? San Francisco?) launches it beyond the galaxy of expectation.
Doubtful. Imagine the theater: Winter meetings in Vegas, his own town ...
All over baseball. Cubs have it. Boston has it. Dodgers have it. Oakland has it. This structure is quite common in baseball. Reds have it.
I'm going with the errors. I'm not a big fan of that stat, as you know.
Sure. But he's not lefthanded, as I was reminded recently.
Laughable. These meetings don't work that way for us. Bo Jackson, Dizzy Dean, and Mickey Mantle. Two would be great to watch at their peak, and the third would be fantastic to cover. A direct flight home to St. Louis, a window seat, with no delays -- and double-mileage!
The front office has remained committed to Kolten Wong. They see potential in him being the upgrade at the position -- and he's already one of the elite defenders at second.
Gosh, let's home not. That's silly. Play the game.
You can choose the reporting you believe.
Sure. Money talks. Some players are out to maximize their value. That would do it.
Bryce Harper. Jose Iglesias. Zach Britton -- and Joe Kelly? I guess any are plausible. All are not. I don't see a Sweep The Kitchen winter for the Cardinals. That's not their plan. They don't want to completely overhaul the roster, just upgrade, improve, and take advantage of the market that is out there. Lots of different ways for this to go.
It will. Hope to be able to get an episode recorded here from the GM Meetings. Will have to lean on a fellow baseball writer to give of his/her time to make that happen.