I know Joe reflects not only his views but those of other Hall of Fame members, who have talked of boycotting ceremonies if a Clemens or Bonds is elected. That embarrassment would be something the Hall would not enjoy and Morgan, on the board at the Hall, was expressing that sentiment, too. This is a tricky situation because Bonds and Clemens are creeping ever closer to getting in in the next two or three years, but probably not this year.
There was no real need. The Marlins would have pulled him back. They weren't going to give him away without getting a player or two for him. And he had a no-trade deal then, just as he has now.
Two years ago, and you've got a deal.
That would hurt three positions defensively. And still cost you $200 million.
Yes, the Stanton situation probably is holding up some ventures. But the quest for relievers seems independent of this.
The contract is not that bad of a contract when the five years are over. It averages about $5 to $6 million a year, which in 2022 could be peanuts.
No. The Cardinals need another thumper in their lineup. While Simmons is an outstanding defender, he does not bat in the middle third.
I think the Cardinals would be wary of Moustakas because he hasn't had a stretch when he's had several big years in a row, which you would like to count on in a long-term deal. Interest level marginal, compared to what dollars he might get in the market.
I'd like to think there would be some interest in Santana, who is an accomplished fielder at first besides his power and on-base potential. Again, at what price? Years and dollars.
Do not know the teams yet but if those teams aren't named the Dodgers, I don't think Stanton has any burning desire to go anywhere. Except that he doesn't want to stay in a losing situation with Miami. So, if he wants to leave and the Dodgers can't accommodate him, he has another decision to make. You have to remember that when he signed this contract, he asked for a full no-trade so he didn't want to go anywhere else then.
I've heard talk involving Chatwood but not Appel..
The way the game is going, you can never have too many arms, what with 12- and even 13-man pitching staffs. Tui will get his chance, I'm sure.
If they acquired him, I'm quite certain the Cardinals expect Stanton to be here only three years and not 10. Yes, two monster years might be enough.
I'm sure they're awaiting the refurbishing of their roster and, ultimately their payroll, before they make that decision. So, yes, Stanton would have something to do with that, given all the packaging they could put together if they had him.
Ziegler might indeed fill two roles _ a salary dump by the Marlins and a set-up man for the Cardinals. They could do worse. I don't see that they need to take on Gordon's contract. They have a second baseman, a younger model whom they're paying $5 million a year.
His initials were J.D., but I don't mean Martinez.
They should get considerable credit although Stewart's trade for Shelby Miller, giving up Inciarte and Swanson didn't help much.
Waino seems at his best when he is backed against the wall. The question now is, 'What is his best?' Wins in double figures could constitute a good year but let's see if he's healthy this spring before we project too much on role or production.
Diaz did seem to be the flavor of the month in 2016 but regressed significantly last year. I do not submit to any nefarious off-field dealings entering into this.i