I think Frazier will wind up back with the Yankees. I don't think the Mets don't want to trade "low" on Harvey. But I would be interested.
The Morris/Stieb debate is an interesting one but Morris accomplished a bit more. As far as Miller's advocates, there were six Hall of Fame players on the committee, plus manager Bobby Cox and GM John Schuerholz. But there also were five front-office types on the committee and Miller, never a favorite of the front offices, may have not received any of those votes, which would leave him at 11, one short of election. When Miller's candidacy first came up about 10 years, I was in one of those closed-door rooms when one club owner said he was worried about what Miller might say on the stage _ he was alive then _ if he was elected.
I agree about the pitching. Second base, manned by Wong, is fine, if he can remain healthy. Because of various injuries, he missed precisely one-third of the games last year and that is far too many. Your stats on the Cubs' players are interesting but Baez and especially Zobrist often played other positions. And Wong's OBP was higher than either. You also don't want him swinging for home runs. We saw how that worked out.
Jack Flaherty is the one scouts most talk about, not so much with his velocity, which is good enough, but his delivery and his arsenal. I'm anxious to see O'Neill but he strikes me as Grichuk and not as good a defender. I don't see O'Neill as a regular outfielder. Here.
The Brewers re-signed Yovani Gallardo, who used to be their ace a few days ago. The firepower they lack is in their budget although they may well make a big bid for Arrieta.
Molina is not on the block, as a player with no-trade protection. Martinez probably is not on the block because he is the only pitcher they have close to an ace. Flaherty and Kelly will not get either of the two you mentioned. .
I don't care about two years from now. I'd just like to be around.
You are correct. In any circumstance, Machado, I'm sure, would head to free agency.
I do not think the Cardinals have enough pitching prospects to pull off two more significant deals. One, yes. But I reiterate my thought that they need another veteran starter.
Perhaps taking on Longoria's contract would help in pursuit of Archer (Colome)? But I would like to think any interest the Cardinals have in Longoria would be in how they view him in the next three or four seasons, let alone now.
It had better be Ozuna. The coaches can't bat third or fourth. Gyorko, a controllable player for a couple of more years, could be in any deal although his value likely is limited.
The Orioles are very short of starting pitching, especially lefthanded starters, where the Cardinals would not be of much help. But Wacha has been talked about by several teams.
Grichuk seems always to be taking that next step. Unfortunately, that step often is sideways or backward. I still like him as a solid fourth outfielder here.
That's because there wouldn't be any discussion. Machado is going to file for free agency after the next season.
If Ohtani is pitching and they also want him to hit, they lose their designated hitter because he would be it. Once you forfeit your DH, you don't get it back and when Ohtani leaves the game , they have to replace him in the lineup with a pitcher.
The Cardinals have inquired about Hosmer but, having traded for Osuna, their interest in the KC first baseman, would seem to have lessened. Not that he wouldn't be an upgrade both offensively and defensively.
I don't put that much stock in who bats behind whom. And if you do, DeJong hitting behind Osuna would be fine with me. As to your last question. Is Wacha, your presumptive No. 2 starter, as good as Lester? Or Hendricks? I'd rather have another arm, but especially a closer.
I agree that Machado's potential value is skewed by his young age. But his numbers for somebody who also could _ and has _ played shortstop _ are pretty eye-popping.
The difference was $3 million a year, which I deem pretty significant for a setup man. I grant that Gregorson wasn't employed much in the postseason but his last outing was good one.