This is the Cardinals in a nutshell. They have some strong complementary players. They have an exceptional hitter in Matt Carpenter. They have an upside talent in Ozuna. They have a budding impact hitter in DeJong. They have an elite glove in Wong. They do not yet have that tent-pole hitter. The one that raises the entire big top. A year ago, they set out to find that person. Ozuna has that upside. He didn't have health, and maybe he'll never have a year like he had in 2017, just like Yelich has a lot of talent and is a rising player and may never have a year like he just had in 2018. Either way, the Cardinals are missing that kind of hitter that brings the whole lineup together and galvanizes the group around them. This market offers that chance. That's why you see so many of us writing about it.
His opinion will be sought. But beyond that ... can't see much. The largest voice in the room will be DeWitt. The influential voices in the room are Mozeliak, Girsch, and increasingly Moises Rodriguez. Plus the usual opinions that the front office leans on, and those include Mike Jorgensen, Matt Slater, and the manager, Mike Shildt.
Jose Martinez, Carson Kelly, Jedd Gyorko, and young pitchers galore.
Thanks for the compliment. Just listed the names immediately below. Cardinals have been able to send out some feelers for what those players would get in return, and could come away from these meetings with a clear sense of who the teams that are truly interested.
Eager to see what happens here with the Diamondbacks. If Goldschmidt is in play then it would make sense that everyone on the team is in play and Arizona is tearing the team down to its desert level. Dry. Parched. Starting over. Peralta would be of interest at that point -- bring back the pitching prospect as the new outfielder. Goldschmidt is the better get for the Cardinals, obviously. Right now, as of today, the free-agent market is defined and the headliners are obvious. In the coming week, weeks there will be a greater sense of the trade market and what Arizona really intends to do. If Goldschmidt hits the market, you can bet the Cardinals will stay in line for that conversation.
Sure. I had a chance to talk with several people, including Cardinals GM Michael Girsch. I am working on a story for tomorrow, and still trying to put together the pieces of it. I have an idea or so where it's going and in the next 90 minutes, two hours, hope to have a true north for a story as GM meetings officially begin tomorrow.
So, so much. The GM Meetings are industry policy and front office stuff. So each team is limited to the number of people they bring. I believe the Cardinals have five executives from the front office here -- but that could be six. They will only have so many representatives at individual meetings because baseball limits the seating. There are rules discussed here. There are admonitions from the commissioner. Arbitration trends are discussed. And so on. The winter meetings are larger in scale. More people come to those meetings from the team. Equipment managers. Minor league coordinators. Everyone. More media, too. There are meetings there, too, and the Rule 5 draft, and parties for affiliates, but it's not as substantive with rules, policies, etc. as the GM Meetings. The winter meetings are definitely about the frenzy of free agency -- or that's what they've become.
I reported that Matheny heard from three teams. It could be at least three teams. One of those teams was the KC Royals, and they've talked to him about an advisory role. What you're asking is exactly the kind of question they are asking themselves. Anything you know beyond that is not something I've written.
They end, officially, Thursday. They may be done Wednesday night, depending on the pace and scope of the planned meetings.
Jose Martinez and the Twins are a match, for sure. Also Tampa Bay is a conversation spot for a move with Martinez. What such a move would bring the Cardinals back in return I haven't stapled down -- and don't feel comfortable speculating at this point. This much is clear: The Cardinals would look to move Martinez in a deal for a reliever that could help.
Not a dumb question. Gold Gloves are voted on by the managers and the coaches. Rawlings has done an excellent job of expanding the information given to the voters and encouraging them to consider defensive metrics. Rawlings even commissions -- I believe that is the word -- specific statistics that come from analytics and from experts that are presented to the voters. LeMahieu did well in this composite metric. Wong finished second. Both were 1-2 among infielders in the majors, I believe. Bader had strong numbers, but not many innings, and that does play a part in it, especially when you're talking about that position with the other players in the mix. Incumbency has mattered less in recent years, but it still matters. We do see players win the Gold Glove a year after its earned. That could be the case with Wong. In Molina's case, he had a good enough year defensively, by the metrics provided, that he stood out from the other contenders, and he also had the innings. His workload dwarfed the other candidates -- and he missed six months of the season.
La Russa and Shildt are close, and whether he has an official role or not La Russa is certainly an adviser to Shildt. No doubt. I think it makes sense for La Russa and the Cardinals to shape their own legacies at this point. It's in their personality. The Cardinals want to move and succeed with a new era, a new look, and La Russa wants that competitive fire, but from a front office point of view, and look at the role he's had in Boston. Seems to be a good fit.
Sure. But, again, there's been no strong indication Arenado is available. Goldschmidt would also fit that description -- and there's a possibility there, it seems.
At last check he intends to play in 2019 if the right situation is offered. This past year that was with a team that he had a working relationship with. He brought up Colorado and the Cardinals specifically, but there could be others that would fit.
He had an off year? When? He had an .889 OPS. He walked 130 times because teams just had no interesting in helping his SLG when they could boost is OBP and -- as mentioned in a previous answer -- force another hitter to beat them. He had 68 extra-base hits. One more than he had the previous year. He had his first 100-RBI season. Some off year.
You're welcome. There are more than 600 questions still in the mix. I wish I could get to even a third. But time is fleeting. Deadline is rushing in.
One would be trading Fowler, for example. To avoid the overlap.
There is that argument, for sure. Better be sure you can get them all.
It does definitely underscore the need for another bat. I bring up this curious window the Cardinals have created for themselves. The Cardinals refute my view of it, suggest I'm off on how it looks. I think the contracts speak, and few exist beyond 2020. One person's flexibility is another person's window. Whether Carpenter re-signs or not with the team doesn't change the need, and whether he re-signs or not will be based on his performance and what he's willing to do to say, ala Wainwright, et. al.