That is not accurate. John Mozeliak is the president of baseball operations, and in that role he is overseeing more of baseball operations than just the major-league roster and minor-league movement. He is, for example, working above other departments like the Dept. of Performance that they've started and the Pitching Lab they want to create and other initiatives that also include the expansion of international presence. For example, when it comes to putting the Cardinals' name in the hat for international series (like in Mexico, or the hoped-for trip to Puerto Rico at some point, or their bid to be included in the London games) that is something that Mozeliak oversees and handles. When it comes to the major-league roster, Girsch has a role in making, exploring, and advocating moves. The two of them split the conversations up based on who has the better relationship and better contact with the people they need to talk with. Even back when Mozeliak was the assistant to Jocketty, he would have conversations with Boras, for example, because of their rapport. Girsch has rapport with many of the young GMs that are no populating the game -- such as Milwaukee's, Colorado's, and so on while Mozeliak has the history with Cashman and that level of experience. Makese sense? DeWitt and Mozeliak still have the final say. Girsch has a loud voice when it comes to suggesting and orchestrating moves, and over time Mozeliak has said the authority Girsch has will only grow and his moves to other pursuits.
Expensive. Many years. It could look anything like 10-350, or some manipulation there of. It will be creative with opt-outs and staggered values and all sorts of things that are now commonplace.
He has become an elite defensive player, and the Cardinals view of his offense has been pretty consistent -- they think it can improve to the point of being an everyday player. Speed is part of that. Opportunity is part of that. But they know his floor is in the majors as a part-time outfielder, and that has been constant since the day they drafted him.
Mike Shildt and other Cardinals officials told Rick Hummel that Martinez will be a starter in 2019. That is the plan.
They will not be "kicking themselves." They have pitchers. They need hitters. This is the cost of doing business. Ozuna being out for the 2019 season would be a shocking turn of events that would speak to a misdiagnose of epic proportions back in August when the team visited LA. If he has surgery -- and that is something that he's set to learn later this month after a checkup -- then it will be of the cleanup variety.
This is a revolting and inappropriate question. Completely reckless and insulting. A man lost his life. Regardless of how you feel about journalists, his death is not some verb. It is a tragedy -- a horror. Do better.
Also: The injury he has. Please keep that in mind. The injury usually dictates the type of surgery he will have not Twitter or a chat.
It would have been steeper because of his contract and because the motivation to move was different for the Marlins, as we saw play out. The Brewers moved their top prospect. The equivalent for the Cardinals was Flaherty. The possible inclusion of Hicks was there because that is who other teams wanted for the level of talent/control Yelich offeredn.
Cardinals have no say in what I speak about. Zero say. They work on Clark Street. I work on Tucker Blvd. They are busy creating their own media entity. I already work for the biggest media entity covering them. It was a good article, an excellent article. It was interesting. It was good to hear Chris' voice and his thoughts, and there was the wince of jealousy that I didn't get that interview or that story. What "other side" you're talking about, I can't guess. You are welcome to ask ...
I will need to explain it 1,321 times. Once for every hit he gets for the Brewers.
Great question. I've seen almost as many lists and guesses as there are possible. The Nationals and the Giants are the major players here, from what I can determine and from what I've been able to discern. The Giants may be the most aggressive suitor. Phillies will be in play, but they're widely expected to emerge as the favorite for Machado. The Yankees are always in the weeds, and they are set to be dragged into the mix by the agent, and the Cubs will be in that same category. Would not rule out Texas as a sleeper.
Less is known about Stubby Clapp, hitting coach, than Mike Maddux, pitching coach, for obvious reasons. Maddux has a huge body of work and history in the majors and plenty of teams that have employed him -- so we know what he brings and how he's brought it through the years. Clapp was the hitting coach at Class AA, and he was being considered for a move up the ranks as a hitting coach when the Cardinals offered him the manager job at Class AAA. The description of him as a manager -- a teacher, savvy use of the bullpen, good prep -- these are traits that would work as a hitting coach, of course. So they'd be hiring based on the potential, not the track record. That's worked in the past.
Yes. They have had scouts make trips to Asia this season to see these pitchers in person and bring back scouting reports to mix with the ones that they have also built here via video. For example, Mike Maddux has been involved in evaluating some of the pitchers who could be added. One target would be Yusei Kikuchi, a lefty.