I did not see the interview. Doesn’t change the fact the info described is a decade old.
Off the top of my head:
I’m sure there are others like the 100-win Cardinals of 2015.
Got it. So Rockies former GM, and he’s recalling the chain of events from 2008.
Not today. But they don’t have to play today. This is not the team they’ll take into 2019.
Was just asked this same question in the lobby here at GM meetings. Starts with lack of spring training. Rushed to be ready. Spiraled from there. Was not sharp when he was thrust into ninth. That’s my view.
So Brantley has come up by connecting the dots that the Cardinals have discussed. Possible outfield search. Need of a lefthanded bat. Coming off a good year. He's in his low-30s, so a player who wouldn't take the year commitment of the other free agent. I spoke to Brantley at the All-Star break and asked him for his views about St. Louis and how the Cardinals could sell themselves to free agent. He was reluctant, as you can imagine, to say too much about free agency -- was in the midst of the season with Cleveland, of course -- but said he couldn't think of a reason to close off conversations with any team. He in spoke in general terms. Saw some appeal of NL; saw appeal of DH in AL. Not really a commitment either way. So, it's the same with him that it is with all free agents: Where's the best offer? I see the appeal of Brantley, but there's a real question about certainty and whether the overlap is worth the effort. Is he the guarantee, or just another attempt for the help needed. Dakota Hudson fits a lot of places on the team. A late-inning reliever. A first starter up from the minors. A starter if there is an injury issue. Any of those things ... As of now, he's sixth. That's where he is on the depth chart.
Unsure. This has been something bandied about for awhile. I first wrote about it and heard about it when the Cardinals were in Kansas City, and the Royals had reached out to him. Matheny heard from three teams. One was the Royals. Another candidate was possibly the Giants, though I couldn't confirm that. The nature of the role was being discussed -- and is still being discussed. Would be front office. Would be catching, for sure. How that lines up with Matheny's wish to manage again and the Royals already having a manager is part of the discussion and, undoubtedly, the title, too.
The GM of the Astros (Luhnow) was an executive with the Cardinals at the time of the Holliday trades. But either way all this is in the past. Long ago. Seriously. Like an eon.
This chat, however, is going to need to take a pause as I have an interview that I need to get at this moment. I will be back, but I cannot miss the chance to do this reporting. Please be patient, and please forgive me. I hope to come back with something to share.
There’s a healthy bit of speculation there draped on the framework of good instincts and confirmed reporting: Phillies remain favorite for Machado. Giants, Nats, Cardinals are suitors for Harper. White Sox a wild card in this market. Harper has preferences, that are unknown (inferred?) at this point. And that’s where your speculation kicks in.
There aren’t press conferences unless there are moves, news, or the commissioner comes talking. There are scheduled gatherings, but you choose the team you try to talk to. That changes every year. It’s a lot of texting, calling, and meeting.
You and I have different views of Harper, clearly. Stash him in LF at some point soon and watch him win a Gold Glove there. Also, Machado is an elite third baseman. If he plays there, then you’re talking about a top 1 percent player, whether he’s Johnny Hustle on the bases or not. Look no further than the contracts they’ll get. Data is the rage. And the market right now will pay both of those players far more than Cain got as a free agent just a year ago. You want a player like Yelich? Hard to find one as a free agent. Dahl will be for Colorado. He will Yelich in 2019. Cain? Pollock could have a similar impact on a team ... Different player, but could see that impact.
Alas, no. How else would you get the longwinded answers that meander to a point -- and the long pauses where I have to refuel with coffee or sneak out for a chance to talk to someone.
I don't see a match, other than he bats lefthanded. Hasn't really been a name that's drawn a lot of attention from the Cardinals -- this year, or through the years. I have tried to figure out today what are the dominoes that would fall, for example, that would leave the Cardinals with Murphy or send the Cardinals off in pursuit of Brantley. I haven't found that series of events for Murphy. For Brantley, it's three, four steps that would take place.
Two does seem to be the going bet at this point. Maybe two with an option or vesting option that would be tied to games played over the course of the two seasons. Prove health, get more. That kind of thing.
I have not. My time has been spent do other calculations. Sorry.
Perfect. And I just sometimes ghost the chat.