The Cardinals have taken significant steps toward making themselves more of a contender for next season. Do they need to take more? How do you see the general landscape of off-season baseball? And anything else you might want to discuss. The chat is on.
John Mozeliak has made it pretty clear he doesn't want to give up a lot of years of control over his top prospects for one year of control of Machado or Donaldson. He also suggests "never say never," but it doesn't seem likely the Cardinals will give up two or three top prospects for one year of a prospective free agent. Toronto seems intent on retaining Donaldson this year and perhaps beyond.
Martinez could have on 17 to 18 games last season if he had fielded his position better. The curious part about that is that he is a good fielder. He tends to either rush his throws or tries to venture into territory he shouldn't invade. The Cardinals are not paying him to win 12 games. He has the stuff to win many more. And he must.
Despite the won-lost record, Archer has among the best stuff in baseball and demonstrated as much last season at Busch Stadium when he allowed one run and fanned eight in seven innings. He is at the level of Martinez and would give the Cardinals a 1-2 punch they don't really have right now. A lot of pitchers who compete in the American League East, as Archer has, are going to have ERAs higher than their norms because they have to go through the wrecking crew lineups of New York, Baltimore, Toronto, Boston.
Donaldson is the better player by a hair. His bat is feared more than Longoria's although both are fine defenders.
Good for whom? Kemp should be happy.
The Cardinals aren't averse to talking about Kelly in trade conversations with highly regarded Andrew Knizner a year or so away. i
Moustakas had a career year in 2017 and is a lefthanded power threat, which the Cardinals wouldn't mind having. But he is not a great defensive player and he strikes out a lot. The money he ultimately will command would make some teams blanch, I think.
Touching on a couple of previous items, I think the Cardinals need another veteran starter and a closer to compete with the elite teams in the league. Tampa Bay could be a fine one-stop shopping venue with Colome, Longoria and Archer there to look at. The hitter would be third in the equation for me.
The other teams apparently view Wisdom the same way _ a low average hitter with above average power but a huge strikeout machine. With that said, I'm happy he's still in the organization because he is a good defensive player and perhaps could become a more consistent hitter.
Those names you mentioned all would be of interest to the Rays but, in return, the Cardinals would be looking for not only Archer but Colome and perhaps Longoria. Reyes isn't going anywhere. Longoria is a player they have mild interest in but he isn't quite the player he was before. The Rays, owing him potential $94 million, would like to make a move with him before he becomes a 5-10 man sometime into next season.
I don't think Scott Boras would let Machado sign with anybody during the season, so it probably wouldn't matter what the Cardinals offered him _ if they had him.
I only worry about these matters until the Yankees and Dodgers start piling up World Series titles. So far, the Yankees have won one World Series since 2000 and the Dodgers none since 1988.
You may have a point there, if you're talking about offering a seven-year (or so) contract to Martinez, although he still could play first base or even left field as he got older.
I was both discouraged and encouraged by Ted Simmons' showing in the "Era" committee Hall of Fame balloting a week or so ago. I was discouraged that he missed by one vote of making the HOF. I was encouraged by the fact he got 11 of 16 when he never had gotten higher than three votes before. It no doubt helped that Robin Yount and Don Sutton, teammates of Simmons on Milwaukee's 1982 AL championship team, were on the voting committee. But I'm hopeful that when he becomes eligible again in two more years, the fact he got so close this time will stand him in good stead. He belongs, I know that.
If the Cardinals to anything more in the trading market, it would seem most likely it would involve Tampa Bay. Part of the delay may be in how many players the Cardinals are trying to extract from the Rays. Archer is the best but some clubs might be waiting to see where free-agent pitching aces Darvish and Arrieta go before switching their attentions to Archer. Again, Longoria would be an upgrade at third base _ depending on the number of prospects going the other way in any combination-type deal with the Rays.
Thank you. And you're welcome. The free-agent market for pitchers doesn't interest them that much _ yet _ because they don't want to give anything more than a three-year contract, trusting that their mother lode of young pitchers all will have arrived by that time.
Thank you very much. I realize that Wainwright isn't what he used to be but, if healthy, he can still be a double-figures winner. He still won 12 in 2017. And he had nothing. Bullpen could be his next stop but not at the beginning of this season.
A very good point, Some players don't want to be "the Man." Pujols did. But Stanton always was "the Man" in Miami and we don't know if Ozuna will be comfortable being the savior here. The better way for everyone, including us, to look at it is that he would be a key complementary piece.