Those two aren't the threats that Stanton is. Yelich is the one hitter, a lefthanded batter which the Cardinals need, who can get better. Stanton and Ozuna have topped out, I think.
The Dodgers always have been at the top of Stanton's list because he is a southern California guy but he might have to wait three years to get there unless he agrees to stay in Miami another year. Los Angeles would have to do some major reshuffling to make room for him now.
That is what happened with Holliday but that was a mid-season type deal where the Cardinals didn't have to give up as much.
Diaz will have to re-invent himself as a utility player until he gets a shot as a regular. His value would be negligible now because he isn't regarded as a shortstop.
Lefthanded thrower as well as hitter.
Mike Mayers has had the stuff to compete in the majors for two years. It his confidence that needs work.
I do not have that information but "crestfallen" might be a little strong to describe your disappointment. .
I've always been a big Longoria fan. I'm open to Colome, Longoria and Odorizzi, or even Archer. But how much young pitching would that take to get it done?
Well, you don't want players who don't want to be here. That won't be a problem with Stanton. He calls most of the shots. There will be time to go to Plan B with the Marlins or Plans C and D (free agency or Donaldson).
If you had the right players (speed, aggressiveness, intelligence), Whiteyball always would have some measure of success. But the smaller ball parks encourage more power and more attention is paid to taking away the running game. Also, with no artificial turf, all those infield choppers might not be base hits anymore.
Nothing is unrealistic if you have the right pieces on your end. We don't exactly know what the Rays think of some of the Cardinals' position players, if anything. Both teams want inexpensive, young pitching.
That depends, I guess, on how the contract is viewed. As a $295 million obligation for the next 10 years? Or $85 million for the next three before Stanton could opt out? But $10 million may not get it done in either respect.
The owner loves Machado. He's not going anywhere this off-season.
Yelich could be a very good No. 3 hitter or even leadoff man. You can't throw out Piscotty's year because it was his most recent one. And Yelich is a top-shelf center fielder. Piscotty is a good right fielder.
Thank you very much. Grichuk could be that guy but, at the moment, you still have Grichuk and Piscotty. Grichuk, I agree, is the is the better fit because of his speed and defense but you will be paying a lot for a fourth outfielder because he is arbitration eligible this year.
They have little interest in either unless they sign minor league contracts. But they'll likely get deals somewhere.
At some point, I would expect Votto to ask to be traded. You always have your radar up for someone of that ilk.
Cole would be a good acquisition for anybody but some clubs still are wary of making intradivisional trades because those teams play each other 19 times.
If not phabulous, Pham was very good last season and works cheaply. No need to trade your best player who isn't even arbitration eligible yet.