This could be an answer although you're not going to get Reed that cheaply.
The bench is only going to have five players and one of them will be a backup catcher and one should be Garcia. Carpenter might be on the bench from time to time, though, depending on what other hitter might be hired.
Tampa Bay is the best way to go, all things considered. That top four looks all right although at the moment, the Cardinals have no games slated for October. .
The only competitive advantage I can see for the American League teams is if the player in question is in his 30s and can't play in the field every day some seven years hence.
Very good pitching, with a strong bullpen, trumps everything else in October.
Dave, that' was a very good point you bring up about Oakland staff that featured Mike Norris. That was a lesson learned by other managers.
It's likely that teams are waiting for Martinez, Hosmer to sign before making their next best move.
Arrieta will get at least four years. Reed probably two, maybe three, but at $10 million plus per year.
Tommy Pham is not playing winter ball. No need.
No draft picks compensation due for either Mikolas or Gregorson.
Ozuna would hit fourth behind some sort of combination of Carpenter, Fowler, Pham depending on what else might happen.
Ted actually was farm director here before taking the Pittsburgh job as GM. Nobody really introduces the Baseball of Famers other than the president or chairman of the Hall. Ted likes his scouting duties with Atlanta . At least, I think he does. A little less stress than he had in Pittsburgh when he had heart attack as general manager in 1993.
The Rays might prefer Martinez because he doesn't make much money, i.e., $560,000 or so rather than Carpenter, who has two years left on multi-year deal.
I don't think the Cardinals are that worried about 2019 just yet. Get the best team you can now by expending the fewest prospects possible.
Sheldon Ocker, the fine baseball writer for the Akron Beacon-Journal, will be the Spink recipient.
Sportsman's Park very much a hitter's park, especially to right field.
I'll do my best to hang in there.
The Cardinals could acquire both but I don't know that they think they need to.
He might even get five years. Cardinals won't be in this derby, unless no one else is either.