That didn't really work out this past winter, when prices soared because everyone was listening.
Case by case. The Cardinals have never been a team to inform the media, and their preference is always to make the announcement on Twitter before alerting anyone. There have been times when the club has been asked a direct question about a move, the team delays or declines answer, and then a few minutes later tweets out the answer to the masses. Welcome to the new world where the Cardinals are starting to create their own media industry, from a print product to a TV product to a greater social media profile. If traditional media vanishes or reporters like me are downsized and jettisoned, they'll be ready to fill the void with their message.
But will they do a chat?
I think that's anecdotal -- but also a case of limitations, right? There are more roles and spots for pitchers on the roster than there are for shortstops or for outfielders or first first baseman or for desired bats. That's just how the game goes. That's how rosters are made. That's the talent distribution.
They will be free agents. Some sources outside of the Cardinals see Hosmer as that fit. I have not heard that from anyone with direct knowledge of how the Cardinals' evaluate either player. There's an argument to be made that Hosmer would be another redundancy for the Cardinals if they already have Carpenter.
Management saw that. Their view was actually shared in Sunday's story about Sierra's development.
I thought the point was 2018, not 2017.
Votto would be more expensive, in money and prospects. By a lot.
Goodness. Peter really really really wants to know about J.D. Martinez. The Detroit Tigers outfielder would fit a lot of what the Cardinals are lacking, and he could be a featured bat, for sure. He's a free agent at the end of the season, and the Tigers have made it known that they are open for business when it comes to a deal. One catch: The Cardinals, form what I can tell, have been reluctant to wade into the rental move at this point, with this team. That makes sense, right? Why buy a bat for a few months if you think this team might be teetering into a sell mode? Why pay a premium if that bat isn't the one that makes the difference for what this team can be down the stretch. If this team was leading the division and that bat would put them well ahead and prep them for October -- then there is more of sense. ESPN reported that the Cardinals should/would be interested in Martinez. That is, to date, not a name that I have been able to connect to the Cardinals as far as their actual level of interest. One person I recently talked to who is aware of the market for Martinez mentioned that it would be interesting to see if the Cardinals tried to make a play for him Rolen-style and Holliday-style -- that is get him, play in, and try to re-sign him. I suggested that hasn't worked out too well for the Cardinals since 2009, and that the team would more likely pursue a sure thing. Being a buyer at this point means being a thinker about 2018, not just the end of 2017.
dgoold. Nice to meet you.
Oh, and what would it cost to get Martinez? Good question. That is only now coming into view. We're looking at a top 50 prospect for sure. The Tigers, in the past, have gone for a package that usually includes a couple arms. Would make sense for that deal to possibly include an outfielder on the rise, you know, like any of the few the Cardinals have.
Probably not. He's not in the mood for charity.
Thanks. That's a credit to the readers who are supplying the questions -- and their patience as I try to spin other plates for the paper.
Phew. And now I can see other questions in the hopper. We both win.