Fowler, Martinez are the most likely of this group. Followed by Bader, Munoz, and then O'Neill based on the roles the Cardinals have in mind for them on the current depth chart.
The Cardinals do not have an answer for the cleanup spot. It's a concern.
No. He could start in left field.
Yes, except for Clippard.
The Cardinals want him to be. They've talked to him about it. They've worked with him on this. Jim Edmonds has spent time talking to him about his approach. The parade of hitting coaches the Cardinals have employed have also talked to him. Wong is an excellent example of what happened for a player who embraced it, and it's one reason why the Cardinals had Bader in the eighth spot. Good spot in the order to get a feel for the strike zone, take some walks, and improve, as Wong did. Bader has to embrace the idea too.
I have zero clue. They have no obvious answer. This is an issue.
The GM meetings are the first date for deals, not the deadline. If you're expecting a whirlwind of activity in this first event of the offseason, you'll be disappointed. That doesn't mean there isn't news, and there isn't activity, and there isn't conversation. This is where it begins. This is where the conversations that netted a Goldschmidt trade gained momentum. This is where the trade talks for Heyward back in 2014 gathered steam. This is where the Cardinals had their first meeting in person with free agent Jhonny Peralta and then he signed a free-agent deal soon after. Heck, this is even where the Cardinals got deals for free agent relievers Luke Gregerson and Brett Cecil moving toward completion.
There always been really, ever since the billboard with Bryant appeared outside Wrigley before Bryant appeared inside Wrigley. The Cubs are fascinating. They need to replenish their farm system, and Bryant would be a way to do that, for sure. That trade is something they have to explore, and same with swallowing some of the cash on Darvish's deal to maybe move him for talent. They're a fascinating, tenuous spot.
It would be reasonable to expect the same that they got in 2019, then, right? I mean even if there's progression to the mean for Goldschmidt, Carpenter, Fowler, and DeJong, that would serve to make up for what was lost by Ozuna's departure.
They don't want to, no. There is a world where they deal with the limitations of their roster and still find ways to change it. That can happen.
Not sure. I'm in the media work room where there aren't even windows.
He should. He has before. I'm eager to get a sense of what he's seeking, what kind of commitment. Expect to hear about a reunion with the Reds. Cincinnati is a sleeper for this offseason as far as who they can add and how quickly they can improve a team that had two top-20 starters in ERA and already added Bauer for next season.
They last through Thursday. Wainwright news is on the front burner, yes. And also there will be resolution with Ozuna and the QO, which he is still likely to reject. That's his stance right now. He's planning to decline that offer.
They are a few moves away from competing for the division, yes. That's the team that is closest to advancing as a challenger, while some other teams are teetering.
The Cardinals could, sure. Rick Hummel has written a lot about that fit, and the benefit of having a lefthanded hitter in the lineup, possibly at cleanup, and then playing third base. Those would be draws for the Cardinals, and the fact that he does not have QO attached to him. The commitment in years is going to be less. There are plenty of reasons for the appeal.
They would -- and they would call it Christmas from Santa Theo.
Yes. That was set to happen this month, just in time for holiday shopping.
It would depend entirely on the grievance hearing, and any team trading for him would have to decide whether the risk is worth the reward there, and that would suppress what the Cubs could get for him, obviously. It would be part of the risk assessment any team would have to do before making an offer.
Rumors, pal. Some of them don't have to make sense this time of year.