Here at Day Two of the general managers' meetings outside Orlando. Much talk, little action so far but that is typical as teams winnow their list of possibilities during these few days. We're on board to take your Cardinals questions or those on baseball at large. Fire away.
Good point. The thing to remember is that, ultimately, Stanton has the baton. If he doesn't want to go somewhere, he doesn't have to, per his no-trade contract. There aren't that many likely spots for him to go if he did waive it _ San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis. . . and don't forget Miami. He has bought an expensive penthouse overlooking the water and it isn't impossible that he will stay with Miami for another year.
I don't see a lot of teams lined up to take one (some) of the Cardinals' outfielders although it is almost certain that one of them will be gone at the end of the year. The issue is that the Cardinals probably wouldn't get much for some of them. Other than Pham, whom I presume the Cardinals would keep, Grichuk might have the most value. San Francisco, particularly, is looking to get younger in the outfield, as well as Baltimore.
Two regulars or quasi regulars for a player who can be a free agent at the end of the season might be a bit much. But, at another price, Donaldson might be the Cardinals' tonic both with his play and his aggressive attitude.
It's just me. But I don't have much interest in a $9 million setup man. Ziegler does not solve the Cardinals' closer problem even though he has and could close.
The infielders most certain to be back next year are DeJong and Wong. After that, it's fair game as Gyorko, Diaz and even Matt Carpenter could be trade pieces. Greg Garcia also could be retained as a role player. My best bet is on DeJong.
Jose Martinez improved enough defensively where you can use him at first base but you'd still like somebody more accomplished with the glove. If he did wind up as the first baseman, Carpenter mostly would go to third base or even left field. Or to another team.
All signs point to Alex Reyes being ready at the start of spring training. My guess is that he might be a bullpen piece early on, unless his arm is shown to be strong enough that he could throw 90 to 100 pitches by late March.
Christian Yelich is not a "threatening" bat, as you refer to him. But he is an excellent outfielder and a good gap to gap hitter with good power and speed. He is not a fourth-place hitter. He could be a good No., 3 man and would start for almost any team in baseball, including the Cardinals, and be productive. His contract also is favorable. But. . . he's not Stanton.
So very true. We probably wouldn't be having these Stanton discussions but for Tavarez's death, nor would Stanton want to leave if the Marlins still had Fernandez.
No question but that it was sitting at ringside that 1978 night in Las Vegas when St. Louisan Leon Spinks, a whopping underdog, received a split decision over Muhammad Ali to claim the heavyweight title. It was one of the most stunning moments in sports history _ and on over-the-air television.
There was some suspicion that Hernandez was mixed up in cocaine, which later proved to be well-informed speculation and he was punished by MLB. The brewery as much as said, 'Get anything you can for him.' He most certainly belongs in the Cardinals' Hall of Fame and he always will get my vote.
The Cardinals have had four execs at the meetings in president of baseball operatons John Mozeliak, general manager Michael Girsch, assistant GM Moises Rodriguez and player development exec John Vuch.
I think the Cardinals, if they have a deal in place, will press for a quick answer, as well as any other teams who might have interest. This will not go deep into December.
Derrick Goold, our normal tireless chatter, has been subsisting on protein bars, seltzer water and several cups of Joe. We do venture out to the hotel lobbies whenever we can but regular dining is difficult. Even if nothing is going on, you don't know that it's not.
I'm not too wild about the defense at the corners, And Sierra not quite ready.
The best thing either the Red Sox or the Cardinals can offer is a chance to go to the playoffs. The Red Sox went this year without Stanton and they have Sale and Pomeranz, Kimbrel and Price. The Cardiinals, with Stanton, should be a playoff team if the player cost isn't too high.
Baltimore owner Peter Angelos is a big fan of Machado's and the Orioles will take this as long as they can. They can make a better deal into the season when teams might be more desperate.