Tampa Bay is a team in play for Jose Martinez, yes.
Any. They'd love to have a conversation that would include Goldschmidt. The D-Backs also have a snazzy shortstop on their roster. It would be about taking on dollars Arizona doesn't want to spend in order to lessen the talent cost of acquiring players from Arizona.
Less and less so through the years of asking. These are conversations that I've had with people around the game, in the game, close to Machado, close to teams for the past several years as we all geared up for this winter. Outside of the position he plays and the fact that he mashes, not one person I've spoke to has suggested Machado is a good fit for the Cardinals as a free agent. (A trade? That was the different conversation.) The biggest reason of them all is there is sense in the industry that Machado does not have interest in signing with the Cardinals and won't lack for suitors willing to offer him top dollar. That's the root of it really. They are reading Machado's wishes and know the top-dollar offer will be there from a place he wants to go ...
Two, option three. Can't see Donaldson really taking that pillow deal. But some kind of deal like Carlos Beltran was willing to take makes sense. It gives him a chance to rebuild his value, and still reach free agency at an age of interest -- and it gives the team a second year of control in exchange for the chance to prove his worth.
Eager to see him get his chance. David Bell was a welcome member of the coaching staff in St. Louis, and probably was underutilized in his role as bench coach. Learned a lot personally from talking with him about the game, about strategy, and of course about his family's deep, deep roots in the game. He brings all of that to the role -- plus he's genuine. Already today the reporters in Cincy are getting a feel for this as he asked them about who they are. That's not some ploy by Bell. He's genuinely interested. He's a good person out to be a good manager, not a manager who thinks that makes him a good person.
This is a fair read at this point, but it comes with an asterisk. Stanton spoke a lot more about where he wanted to go and what he wanted to find than Harper ever has. If we're going on quotes alone, there really isn't a huge body of evidence on Harper's feelings, only a lot of hints, allegations, and things left unsaid. Except what Harper wants to be available in greater detail in the coming weeks as his agent reveals that to the assembled media -- and in private meetings with teams -- during the first full week of November.
I don't see that happening, not with the Reds, nope.
He is not retired. He's open to offers. I too have not heard him come up much in the manager searches, but that doesn't mean he hasn't come up as possible additions for other teams. Kansas City remains a possible landing spot. The Royals like Matheny. They've talked to him about some sort of role. Wrote about this during the season as the Cardinals visited KC, and this was recently reported again with better detail by Sam Mellinger in the KC Star.
Healthy Donaldson is a feared hitter. Healthy Donaldson is a big addition. That's the root of the hype. Donaldson remains a big question on whether he's healthy Donaldson, or can stay that way.
There are policies/rules in place in regards to what the Cardinals would owe him of his remaining salary. Basically, they have to cover the difference. He cannot be drawing two salaries in the same game, but the Cardinals must compensate the difference.
Scherzer, and it's not close.
No, because I would be aware that it's not that easy and that I'm likely paid to do damage and have a high OPS -- not hit .300 with singles skipping down the third-base line. I would spend my time becoming a hitter who can try to do damage to all fields. I'll steal my hits with bunts when I'm not feeling good at the plate or not seeing this particular pitcher well or the game calls for it. But I'm paid for OPS, pal. I'll find it where I can.
It already is, JW. Boiling point is so 2017.
Jeff, You are really into questions about who is going to lose their job. Do you also write letters to the editor asking when I'm going to be downsized, laid off, or forced into an early retirement via buyout? If so, let me know what kind of responses you get. Goodness, man. At this point, there is little reason to non-tender Garcia unless the Cardinals put a higher value on the opening roster spot than him, but by that date they will have already made that call to protect players for the Rule 5 draft. No, it's more likely that the Cardinals will try to pass a player like, say, Bowman off the 40-man roster, see if there are takers, and then move on from there -- whether the player then has rights to become a minor-league free agent or has to go to the minor-league side of things and await the Rule 5 draft for pickup. Sorry that the answer doesn't satisfy your roster bloodlust.
They can't. Don't let them.
Jim Edmonds has been mentioned as a possible addition to the staff in someway, partially because of how the players looked to him. Several players have brought up how they have turned to him for insight -- and not just on hitting -- and how helpful he's been. He's instinctual. He's got a good feel for the game. How that translates to being the hitting coach -- I think that's a fair question at this point. With Budaska in place the Cardinals have a coach who knows swings, and now they're trying to add a lead hitting coach who know strategy and preparation. There's an analytics side to it. I asked Mozeliak if the goal was to add the Mike Maddux-equivalent of a hitting coach, and he agreed with that analogy. Stubby Clapp has a background in coaching hitting as well, and that could free the Cardinals to go after a first-base coach with a feel for defense.
Yes, and I'm trying to be pretty consistent in relaying this: What I have been told and have reported and mentioned in a few podcasts is that the Cardinals may have a better chance to attract interest from Harper than they gave themselves credit for. That was awhile back. It seems like the Cardinals, at this point, have come around to the idea they have a fair shot at him -- because it will come down to the offer, and that they can be in the ballpark with other teams and not lose because of who or where they are.
It's a great question because we saw pitchers like Chatwood get big deals (relatively), Mikolas get a two-year deal, and Lynn have to wait and wait and wait and wait for a one-year deal. It was a curious market. Corbin is going to be this year's Chatwood -- a darling of the fancy stats (spin rate! look at that slider! huzzah!) and the traditional stats, and given his age (28) he's due for a whopper of an offer. Seriously. Keuchel is two years older, so that will limit the years he gets compared to Corbin (if Corbin wishes) and put the AAV more on the high side for the shorter term when compared to the free-agent pitchers. For Corbin, Darvish's deal with the Cubs will be the milestone (6y, $126m) and he'll zoom past that. For Keuchel, a year or two shorter, but in that neighborhood average.
They did not like the track record of righthanded power pitchers as they aged and the return on the huge investment when made on pitchers. There is ample data out there to support that approach, obviously, but there was a big misread on Scherzer and what he was becoming or intent on becoming as he aged. The Cardinals were fearful of paying premium price with his best years behind him and only injuries ahead, like many other pitchers of his type.
Yes, all things like that will have to be explored. Fowler as an expensive backup. Fowler as an expensive trade. All of those things are on the table because there are so many ways this winter could go for the Cardinals still.