Baseball's hot stove isn't blazing yet but there is some simmering. We may have a little better idea this Friday, which is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to their arbitration-eligible players although the Cardinals don't have too many in this category. If you have questions about Cardinals or baseball, at large, I'll take a shot at answering them.
I would be very surprised. Reyes may be on the Marlins' table but he won't be on the Cardinals spread.
The Cardinals are/have been eager to start the ball rolling but the markets for both relievers and hitters have been slow to develop. Other teams seem to be having the same problems, as witness the signing of Doug Fister to a one-year deal as one of the few transactions completed so far.
The Cardinals are casting a wide net for relievers _ trying to trade for Tampa Bay's Colome or even Baltimore's Britton. In the free-agent category, there are Holland of Colorado, Morrow of Lois Angeles, Swarzak of Milwaukee and Shaw of Cleveland to name a few.
Despite his heavy power numbers for Memphis this year, Wisdom doesn't figure in the Cardinals' plans, so, yes, it would benefit him to go to another organization. The rap on him is that he strikes out too much for hitting .240 and the Cardinals do seem to have plenty of that type of hitter already.
Arenado strikes me as the best two-player of the bunch. I guess you never really know about those Colorado hitters, though, until they are out of Coors Field.
If the Rays would deal either or both as they are in their arbitration eligible years, they would want young players who are not arbitration eligible, such as some of the Cardinals; young pitching. The Cardinals have plenty of outfielders to offer up (Grichuk, Piscotty, etc.) but Tampa Bay would rather have pitching. And Grichuk is arbitration eligible this year with Piscotty already in the midst of a multi-year but not horrible contract.
Many times. And, usually, about once a year on the record. One of my favorite players despite not being available quite as often as you'd like.
That would seem successful enough although they will need one more starting pitcher, a veteran one, to firm up a very young rotation.
That would be way too much player-wise. The Marlins would be lucky to get one pitching prospect unless they would get over the $60 million level. Not really sure they want Grichuk and they don't need Kelly with Realmuto on hand but the pitchers they would like.
From what I saw here, I would take Ted Simmons or Pedro Guerrero (in his good seasons) over any of this estimable crew. Of the names listed, I would take Hernandez because he was more likely to make contact.
Gomber being lefthanded and able to start or relieve gave him two legs up on making the majors either later in 2018 or in 2019. He also might be a trade chip, though. .
If the Cardinals had a big bopper in their lineup, I think Carpenter wouldn't feel as compelled to try to hit home runs and would make more contact. He has to hit for a higher average than he did this year to be helpful because he has little speed and is not a strong defender, albeit more valuable because he is versatile.
And thank you. I think the corollary move depends on which big hitter you've acquired. If you have Stanton, I think you have enough to fill in around him. If you have Hosmer or Yelich or someone like that, you might need another one.
There isn't much they can do other than hope that the voting committee is heavily stocked with Cardinals Hall of Famers or front-office types. It would also help if some of the voters from opposing teams in Simmons' era spoke up about him.
I see the Cardinals adding both a closer and an eighth-inning type pitcher either through free agency or trade or both. I do not necessarily think these are tied to any Stanton negotiations. As far as the Stanton possibilities, I would not be surprised if this went into next week or beyond that, into the meetings beginning on Dec. 10.
There are actually four parts to the Stanton deal. The agreement to trade him. Then what prospects you would give up, relative to how much money Miami kicks in. And, finally and most importantly, Stanton must sign off on the deal.
The rotation for next March 29 will be Martinez, Weaver, Wacha, (Mr. X not here yet) and Wainwright with Reyes to join it a month or so into the season if healthy.
For whatever reasons, Sierra's basestealing numbers haven't matched his raw speed. But I would rather see him concentrate on hitting the ball with more authority. All of his hits with the Cardinals were singles and he surely has more power than that.