Greetings from Scottsdale, Ariz., where, yes, it's not snowing. The GM Meetings began this morning with some forums about arbitration, arbitration approaches, arbitration rules/regs. Etc. The Cardinals officials attending those meetings arrived Sunday evening to Phoenix. A full complement of Cardinals front office execs will be at the meeting's location as of today. Teams are limited to how many front office members they can have in the room, so the Cardinals will have some members of the front office attend some meetings, then tag-team out for other members attending other meetings. Here to represent the Cardinals are John Mozeliak, Michael Girsch, Moises Rodriguez, Randy Flores, and John Vuch. The usual crew, in other words. Agents also started arriving Sunday. And throughout this chat, I'll have to step out, away from the computer and do so reporting, so if that interrupts, I'll be sure come back and offer what I can -- and I appreciate the patience. Away we go.
Yes. This week, Jeff Albert and the rest of Shildt's office are meeting to put together individualized plans and suggestions for the players. They're also going to discuss things they should do now -- and also during spring -- better to prepare for the 2020 season. It was these same meetings a year ago that gave rise to some of the individual defensive work players did and even Mike Maddux working with Jordan Hicks in person in the Dallas area a couple of time to simplify his mechanics. This is the plan. Implement it will take buy-in from the players, of course. Last year, Albert also met with a handful of the players at Frozen Rope Ranch -- Carpenter's place in Texas. Not sure if they're going to do the same thing this year. Albert has a facility in Jupiter in addition to the one that the Cardinals have, so those are both open to the coach and the players to use this winter.
The over/under in the media room is about 12 1/2. Did you just do a spit take? Well, it's true. And the answer might be the over. The Cardinals (and other teams) have to sign free agents to fill out the Class AAA roster, to fill out their spring training camp, and to fill in holes elsewhere. So there will be a lot of free agents signed in the coming months. There wasn't a lot of attention given Pat Neshek, a free agent, when he signed on the eve of spring training, and he became an All-Star. Six-year free agent Ryan Ludwick didn't get a lot of chat traction, but there he was in 2008, an All-Star. So the Cardinals (and other teams) will sign many free agents in the coming months, though I'm not sure that's the answer you wanted for your question.
Lindor, if acquired, would play shortstop. He's really good at that position. The Cardinals and many other teams would engage in conversations with Cleveland -- and some may have already -- about Lindor and Kluber and others. The Cardinals and Cleveland's front office are overdue for their annual trade, after all. That said, the price is going to be bonkers. And you're not coming close with the names you mentioned. Think Hudson, think Carlson, think Gorman, and then think additional prospect. You're not getting two years of Lindor for LESS than the Cardinals got two years of Ozuna. It won't be the same. It will be higher price for the better talent.
Good question. He's going to prep to come to spring training as a starter, as he did last season. The Cardinals' hope/plan is for him to pitch less this winter in winter ball than he did last year so that he can come into spring training fresher. He had pitched straight on through the winter, earned praise for what he did as a reliever in the Dominican, and then looked worn out there early in spring. He's impressed. Now, he's going to prepare.
Can you point me in the direction of where you read this? Was it a report? A tweet? A musing on a message board? It would be helpful as we go through this if you could attribute the source of these things so we can have a better sense of rumor, report, wish, nonsense, etc. The Cardinals will listen on offers/interest in Carlos Martinez. They will actively engage in those talks. At last check, the Cardinals have not had substantive movement on Martinez. But that's part of what this week is for with the other GMs, to go from noise and musings to movement.
No clue. This is a business trip.
At this point, so would the Cardinals. Though not Peralta, per se.
I'm not sure I understand this question. He's going to have a healthy offseason. That's a start. Three lost seasons is cause for a conservative approach, of course.
You mean like DFA him? Just release him? Their preference would be to trade him. And they've explored the market for him since the trade deadline in 2018. We'll see if a different interest develops for him after the year he had as a reliever.
Well, they wouldn't be in need of adding a starting pitcher. So there would be one less thing on their shopping list.
Still in discussions. Something is expected this week. Here's what I know as of this past Friday: Adam Wainwright intends to pitch in 2020. The Cardinals and Wainwright are hoping that it will be in St. Louis, but he's at a point where he wouldn't ignore other interest. He wants to pitch in 2020. Eager to ask here shortly if Atlanta has picked up the phone and entered the conversation.
I didn't do the chat last week. The team cannot. There would be a grievance from the union if they fined him for hitting into the shift. The clubhouse/peers could fine him in the kangaroo court setup that used to be more prevalent than it is now.
That didn't happen, though. Wieters had three appearances in the postseason. All in the seventh inning or later. And in one case he remained in the game and finished it out -- because his appearance was in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter. The Cardinals never got in a spot where they played more than two innings without a backup catcher on the bench in the playoffs.
Yes, unless the team -- out of the kindness of its heart -- includes a no-trade clause for some odd reason.
Yes. The Baseball Writers' Association of America presents four awards annually. There is the Cy Young, the Rookie of the Year, the Manager of the Year, and the MVP. Two of each award is presented, one in the AL and one for the NL. There are 30 voters for each award -- two from each city. So there will be two voters from STL for the Cy, two for the Manager, two for the Rookie, and two for the MVP. Rick Hummel and I have the two NL MVP votes for St. Louis.
Good assumption on Cole. We'll see on Strasburg. Don't count the Cardinals out when it comes to having that conversation. Not sure how far it will go, though. They're going to be looking at the next shelf of starters and via trade. That's the area they appear to be discussing. Keuchel is in that realm. Before he got a QO from the Twins, Odorizzi would have been in that discussion, or more prominent in that discussion. The pitching pool offers a lot of options. It's where the action will be at some point this winter. May just take a while to get there.
That is the message they're sending yes. They have around $150 million already committed to a handful of players and still need to outfit the rest of the 40-man roster. And that does not include what they end up doing with Wainwright. Ownership has suggested they're landlocked with commitments made over the past 12 months that put them over the planned budget for 2019 and will limit what they can do for 2020.
That's the plan, yes. The Cardinals want to give him that chance.
They wanted an opening on the 40-man roster. They gave him a chance to pin that down and hold onto it this winter, and he did not in the season's final month. They liked having that power arm around, but needed to clear space someway with the players coming off the 60-day IL.