Any player is welcome to talk to Stanton at any time to encourage him to come here. Nobody of front-office status may do that, though, unless a special window is worked out with the commissioner's office.
That might have been the case a year ago but the Cardinals are happy now at second base _ if he can stay healthy enough to play more than two-thirds of the games. On a slow, poorly defending team, he stands out, especially if he can hit .285.
This won't happen but I would say fourth.
I did not interview Hemus but the mind boggles as to what would have have happened to the careers of Gibson and Flood had he remained their manager. However, the club wasn't winning with him as manager so that might not have lasted much longer anyway.
"Firm deadlines" are not often found in baseball negotiations. But, it is reasonable to assume, that when the winter meetings are over the Cardinals will have their answer.
Thanks and Jose Martinez has an excellent chance to be the club's starting first baseman is not acquired. At least two outfielders who were here last season will be gone unless te the power acquisition is not an outfielder.
When Walker was here, though, he was at the end of his career and was compromised in his defense by age and injury.
I'm glad you mentioned him. And, now that you have, Andy Van Slyke should be in that discussion, too, even though he didn't play his preferred center field position here.
I wish I had taken Spanish in high school and/or college. I had four years of Latin and two years of French. Unless, I was talking to Julius Caesar or Rheal Cormier, my training was useless.
That would be a possible option but Hosmer's money numbers might go out of reasonable sight.
Carpenter's hitting was affected more by his sore right shoulder than moving around although moving around could have hurt his sore right shoulder. I suspect Carpenter is buying into the position move more than Fowler although Fowler would be playing two positions instead of three or four.
The Cardinals have to have had more high-profile, successful closers than any other franchise. And they were all terrific _ from Hrabosky to Sutter to Todd Worrell to Lee Smith to Tom Henke to Dennis Eckersley to Jason Isringhausen to Trevor Rosenthal.
I can see TV doing that. Might be a little too much garble on radio.
Lyons seemed to do his best pitching in shorter, late-inning stints. Also his balky knee might not hold up to five or six innings of pitching at a time.
I think the only player of those three that would interest the Marlins is Weaver. They have plenty of offense and no pitching. But they won't be getting a starter from the Cardinals' rotation for Stanton.
Melancon has a pretty hefty contract and wasn't even the Giants' closer at the end of the season. Strickland might be of interest.
To do that, however, would be putting too many eggs in the first baseman basket. Both Abreu and Hosmer are 1Bs.
I suspect they would although their offense is awfully inexperienced without him.
DeJong projects as a shortstop for now but in the long run, if the club is depending on him for much of its pop, there would be less strain on him to play third.
There was a time when Oquendo really wanted to manage but I sense he's seen the mighty media demands every day, which doesn't interest him. Also, I don't know how well he interviewed in his previous attempts.