I would feel certain they have looked at the two you mention, plus Colome from Tampa Bay and the free-agent list including Davis, Holland, Morrow, Reed, and Nicasio. Nicasio, if signed, would figure as a setup man, so they would need sonmebody else, too.
As of now, the rotation is Martinez, Weaver, Wacha, Wainwright and Reyes. There needs to be one more veteran added and you might say Jake Arrieta. But do you want to pay him $24 million a year for four or more years? I don't.
The first thing a front office does after the season is work on its own house, as in which players to add to the 40-man roster to protect them from the draft, where the Cardinals have suffered a couple of casualties in past years when surprised by San Diego plucking a couple of prospects. They have an idea when they get here but it's a little hard, before that, to talk trade with a team that still might be involved in postseason play and 10 of them were. Also, you can't really deal with any player agents until after the World Series is over to see what you can do in free agency. The whole process does take a while.
The Marlins, whose attendance already is horrible, have to be careful about trading too many top players for prospects. Only one of the outfielders will go, at most.
They don't want to invest $20 million a year for four or five years in Lynn as a No. 2 or 3 starter. Lynn is not an ace although certainly a solid performer. If you're spending a lot of money to get Stanton, and I'm not saying they are, you don't spend $100 million on Lynn, too.
Toward the end of the season, DeJong actually began walking much more. Let's keep an eye on that this spring. He does need to be at least be over .330 OBP.
The Angels are almost guaranteed to be at Busch in 2019. Pujols could pinch hit or perhaps play first base.
Many hours of community service for one thing. Might have been brief suspension, too. .
Tampa Bay certainly would be looking for young pitching prospects and I don't think the Cardinals have enough of them to pull off all of these deals. They will mine the Stanton mother mode first and then move on to other tradeables.
Reyes isn't going anywhere. And if he did, it wouldn't be, as you say, at optimum value. This renaissance is going to work without him being involved.
That's always a possibility but they must find out Stanton first.
You are right on, with many of your value judgments. In Matheny's case, I don't think Molina should be hitting any lower than sixth. He was the best RBI ,man on the club. And, yes, Matheny could use some roster help. And, yes, Fowler will turn up in left field at some point during this contract, perhaps this year.
I hear more talk about Simmons having a better shot at HOF this time around. But, while I am hopeful, I don't think it's going to happen. He really hasn't come close yet.
Longoria might be a good backup plan although he is the most popular player for a franchise which doesn't have many headliners and he'll be hard to pry away.
The Stanton issue won't be resolved by tomorrow when the meetings end. You always have interest in Britton and Brach. Donaldson would cost young pitching but you can't get carried away with a guy who can a free agent at the end of the season. I don't perceive that the Jays are really anxious to move him.
Reyes is the pitcher they least would want to lose and DeJong is the position player in that category. For now. Down the line, they may not want to part with speedy minor league outfielder Oscar Mercado.
Stanton, a West Coast product, is perceived as wanting either to play there or in Miami. This is not new but not necessarily gospel. These things have a way of changing. We don't know if the Marlins have asked Stanton yet to approve any possible deal.
Unfortunately, Craig hasn't had a hit in about three years.