I like Joc Pederson just fine. Albert Pujols introduced me to him a few years ago. He's got power. He's a good player. I'm trying to explain why he's not a Cardinal when so many questions here think he could be with the snap of the fingers. Dickerson makes a lot of sense, and is probably even a better option.
Carlson is as highly regarded as you believe he is. He's the Cardinals top prospect. There are some who would argue he's a top 10 prospect in the game. When the reports are going on about Cleveland trying to demand Lux from the Dodgers in any deal for Lindor, keep in mind that the equivalent for the Cardinals is Carlson. He's their top prospect, and sure every conversation is going to start there. As outlined earlier, a deal for Arenado is going to involve high levels of talent, including major-league talent. As it should. That's what we've seen in the market for Ozuna, for Yelich, for Goldschmidt, for the players who have moved. Even Stanton, who had more money guaranteed to him -- Arenado has that pesky opt-out after two years, so keep that in mind -- involved major-leaguers going to Marlins, who advertised that they just wanted to get out from under the contract.
That's kind of you to say. I messed up the camera angle. That was my fault. They had it set, then it slipped on me and then I was on and couldn't get it right. So my head was sliced off on the top.
Yeah, that's part of it. They're usually round numbers -- 20, 25, 30, and they're at a point when it is mutually advantageous for the team and the player. For example: When Wainwright got to 20 starts, that was a certain amount of innings he had already provided the Cardinals and that has value, and the bonus gave him the chance to be paid for that value. A quick aside: There are rules when it comes to bonuses and how contracts can be constructed. A player can receive a bonus for games played, games finished, and games started, but a hitter cannot have bonuses tied to, say, hitting 40 homers or 30, 35, 40 homers, and a pitcher won't have bonuses tied to 190 strikeouts, 195 strikeouts, or 200 strikeouts. The bonuses aren't set like that. They're tied to appearances and to awards.
No, it has to do with the asking price as much as the fit, too. I wouldn't put much stock in rumblings. There are teams that make a habit of rumbling a lot more than the Cardinals. They don't rumble much. They don't comment at all. They spoke with Boston, and likely heard about what it would take to get Price. They found an alternative.
Cleanup hitter by committee is not an attractive plan, for sure.
With the Cardinals, and the hacking scandal, the punishment happened in January, about a month before the opening of spring training. That was the timetable.
Sure. Them and so many other teams, if Seager isn't in the deal to Cleveland.
Tell me how Carpenter hits and I'll have a better idea where they'll be. A lot of would hinge on Goldschmidt getting help and Carpenter (etc.) hitting closer to career norms.
Gant would definitely be a candidate, maybe even the leading candidate. Adam Wainwright would be a sneaky pick. Ryan Helsley and Lane Thomas would fit into the conversation somewhere. Miles Mikolas probably, too. I'm probably missing an obvious answer.
Haters on Twitter motivated them to greatness, or something something.
Sure. Works better with a 10 p.m. deadline.
Probably not enough to some people's liking. Disappointment is inevitable.
That's fair, but you would also be betting that he doesn't opt-out for a larger contract after two years. It's a tricky deal because the acquiring team might have to send prospects for the full freight of the control years, but know he could walk away after the second year -- or walk into an even bigger salary.
Yes. And it's one of the best.
If we're going by that definition than sure. I was thinking more along the lines of who could pick up another sport and do well, immediately. But this is a fine parameter, too.
It's never the same way twice. That's for sure.