I have not yet cast my ballot. Much to deliberate. I tend to pair Clemens and Bonds as players I am not likely to vote for. Each voter is entitled to form his own opinions.
Hard to argue this team, with, of course Gibson as the pitcher. The most underrated Cardinal defensively, though, could be Terry Pendleton.
Brad Hand and Joe Smith would be good fits. I don't see a closer there, though.
They aren't looking for another starter as their top priority. They will have another starter before the year is over.
They did that, I think, to cover their bases, as it were. They didn't _ and don't _ know at which position they would change. And you still have Jose Martinez and Jedd Gyorko in position as possible starters at a corner infield spot. So it didn't hurt to tell Carpenter what he probably already knew.
Mabry, Bill Mueller and Budaska all should get some credit for some of the second-half resurgence. But the hitters ultimately get the lion's share of the credit or blame. Budaska will be in the majors some day again, perhaps even here.
The Cardinals' recent history is that they don't trade for players who could be free agents at the end of the season. I don't think Donaldson would be high on the list right now unless they knew he would go for an extension _ and Scott Boras doesn't seem likely to go for that.
The Dodgers would be that team _ probably Stanton's preferred team _ but they would have to clear a lot of payroll.
First, I also should have included Albert Pujols. Molina would be my choice from the current lineup.
Maybe so, but at his age and weight, he would seem more likely to be an AL pitcher and not have to bat or run the bases.
The cash in such transactions normally is meted out over time. But the Marlins would be off the hook, of course, if Stanton opts out after 2020, which he is entitled to do.
This the best time to go after Stanton because the competition for his services is limited. And it might only cost you only $85 million total, (his next three salaries are $25, $30 and $30 million) before he could opt out. Harper and Machado will get much more than that.
Weaver might be the Cardinals' No. 2 starter next year. But he could be in play if there was a major trade afoot.
I would trade a top starting pitcher for a top hitter almost any day because one plays every five days and the other plays every day _ assuming they were of equal talent, of course.
If the Cardinals can't connect on a deal for Stanton, I would expect them to turn their attentions to the other Marlins' outfielders, i.e. Yelich and Ozuna.
These kinds of answers always depend on how many years you're talking and the annual value. Arrieta has done more, so in a perfect world, he would be the choice. He has been an ace. Lynn has not albeit a top-of-the rotation pitcher.
Waino probably has a month into the season to convince the club he should remain in the rotation _ presuming his elbow is all right. If it isn't, then it doesn't matter.
I was very surprised the voting was that close although I had forecast five or six players would get first-place nods. s