Doubtful. He'll get better offers elsewhere.
The Cardinals are not motivated to trade their best hitter when they need a better hitter.
Less. Far less. Not as good. Not helpful at this point.
I have been told, multiple times, that the Cardinals have reason to stay in the conversations, and that no door like that has been shut. We'll see. Harper obviously has his preferences -- every player does -- but it's the best fit of the best offers. That's how free agency works.
Sorry. Wrong question came through the filter. Re: Hitting coach. Same as industry at large. I didn't see a whole lot of that in the second half of the season.
The market has stronger stomachs, yes. And the talent available, too.
Scroll back in the chat. Asked, answered, explored.
Two years seems realistic. What I am eager to see is the timing. So, Donaldson is represented by the same agent as Machado. I want to know what that means for the market and the timing. Do negotiations for Machado give the agent a sense of who wants a third baseman, and does he then wait for Machado to come off the board and then pit Donaldson vs. Moustakas to the teams that now have one fewer third baseman/infielder to choose from. That would be a good way to play it because you get info on who needs a third baseman and then you enter the market with one and one fewer options on the board. That could slow-play Donaldson and mean patience place a part in the dealing, too. We'll see.
Yes. The Cardinals are hoping so, too.
That's his timetable, yes. He should be physically 100 percent by the start of spring trianing, and if the Cardinals have him on a slower program than the pitchers it's because of caution, not rehab. It could also be out of need and role when opening the seaosn. Remember he could start that year as part of Memphis' rotation.
No clue yet. Haven't seen him work with a single one.
The Cardinals value Jose Martinez as a hitter who is a fit for their team off the bench -- and they recognize that may not be the best way to maximize his career or his value to them. They will look for a trade, and they are looking for a trade match at this point because it is one way to clear another spot on the 40-man roster to protect a prospect from the Rule 5 draft. That is something in the air here at GM Meetings -- what to do with Jose Martinez and what takers are out there.
Non-factor. Boras and Cardinals are on good footing.
He will be the starter at Class AAA Memphis.
San Francisco has long been on the lookout for a franchise outfielder. They tried to trade for two last season -- Stanton and then Ozuna. They went oh-for-two, and then went and got McCutchen. They didn't solve their issue. Harper would. They have the money. They have the history., They have the city. And they have the want. Until they land the outfielder of their intentions, they'll always be a factor for a franchise outfielder.
Timing for that is on the horizon. Could be explored this week with Mikolas' agent, and it's something that usually would be compelted in spring training. It is something of interest to the Cardinals.