Sure. Anything is on the table. The market is still developing. Sellers have control.
John Gant deserves a look as an All-Star middle reliever. He gets overlooked too much.
They do recognize it. It would be hard not to recognize it. It's only been the topic I've asked most about at winter meetings in each of the past two years, especially as Mozeliak and his group made the point that they would prefer to trade for those players (Ozuna, Goldschmidt) then chase them on the open-market. But, yes, is this a common topic, and ongoing discussion, and it's something that the Cardinals can provide answers for with their actions. Their actions. Call it the puke point. Call it the pain point. Call it a reach, a leap, a break from character, whatever. The Cardinals have remained in the middle because a lot of times they sign from the middle, and that perpetuates being in the middle -- which, as we've discussed many times, is the worst place to be these days in baseball.
Not sure on that list who is Mozeliak's "primary target" at this point. I don't think the Cardinals know, to be honest. It's too early in the season, and these things change based on the ask, and that certainly isn't clear from some of the teams. There's no clue what a team is asking for at this point. Some of the teams don't know. So, with all of that in mind -- we're just operating in a vacuum here -- I will continue to state that I think Trevor Bauer would be a fascinating addition to this team -- its clubhouse and its rotation.
Sure. That would be a play for 2020.
Nope. Taking on money reduces the cost of the prospects that it would take. The Cardinals can lessen the talent cost of any deal by being willing to take on money, which they can. Those deals don't happen all that much anymore, but they're still possible. Look, Scherzer is going to have to want out of Washington. He's going to have to push for there to be a move. Until there is any evidence that he's doing that or wants that -- there's not real movement to be had there.
For taking the "cheap way" out they sure have spent a lot of money in the past three, four years. They added a year to Fowler's deal to get him. They struck fast with a $30-million offer to a lefty reliever so that they got him, and not the Cubs. They spent more on acquiring new players between the 2016-17 seasons than any other team in baseball and second-most on free agents of any team in baseball. At some point the question isn't how much they've spent, it's just how. And we've discussed often that it's in the safe zone.
They had talked to Cleveland about Pham. They knew what Cleveland was interested in doing and interested in offering, and the Cardinals had to make a roster call soon on Mercado. They wanted to get lefthanded, and they wanted to get some depth for the lower levels on prospects that wouldn't be coming onto the 40-man roster for awhile. That's how that trade happened. It was definitely part of a commitment to Bader in center in the majors and Lane Thomas as his backup at Class AAA, not Mercado.
It takes two to tango. Are you seeing teams auctioning off starters at this point? I haven't.
Talk. Action. Those continue to be different things, on both sides of the street.
Baseball used to move with patience, but we don't have time for that anymore. We're in the instant gratification business. Twitter moves at the speed of thought, sometimes without thinking. Increasingly, some readers don't want me to report what has happened or why it happened -- they want me to predict what will happen because who cares about this moment when we can talk about the next moment. This chat feeds some of that. We're good for a few questions every week that scold me for not getting their questions and others who are just frustrated I didn't get to their question fast enough. Here we are. Bo Hart is the new norm.
Unless you want to see them in there because the All-Star Game is a popularity contest.
Fowler had already been moved to the bench. You can check the numbers there. He was starting to surface again in the lineup there toward the end of July -- and then he was injured on Aug. 3. I get what you're saying, I do. I stand by my description. This was clearing Pham from center so that Bader could play there. And, yes, undoubtedly having Bader and Pham in the outfield at the same time would have been fine and would have given the Cardinals a better outfield for August and September, maybe, then what they add, but the Pham move was to clear him from center, get him to a fresh start with somewhere else, in a new clubhouse, and to turn to the youth in Bader.
I hope not. I was in Minnesota and that was a mess. Let's not have this happen. Compete. See what happens. Pujols may not need the help, for goodness sake.
You've got to add a prospect that will hurt the team. A top prospect.Can we down the board in the lower minors. But an Alcantara. That type. The Giants are taking names that are handy.
Yep. Have to take all of that into account.
Nope. We have entered the Pink Slip portion of the chat.
Or misreading the age. Bad projection models on what has staying power as a player moves into his 30s and mid-30s. The ballpark. Don't discount that as a big factor. Support systems in place -- and that would include training and medical staff, as well as whatever a player needs to get his swing or routine going. Lineup dynamics. That's a big one. Who hits where and what that does for the situation the new hitter gets to bat in. Any of those things. And probably those things much more than the fan base or the tradition, candidly.
Dylan Carlson has priority. They will make room and playing time for him. Injuries have been doing a fine enough job these days clearing spots.