They were hoping it was Winnington. It actually was Wigginton. I believe I've made it clear their free-agent record hasn't been very good. But any true assessment at least has to include Mikolas.
The best sales pitch they would have to offer a free agent is the chance to play on a contending team that would get better with said player's inclusion. That philosophy still can work although they do have starting pitching depth to go into the trade arena.
And how has that Samardzija signing worked out for the Giants? Or Johnny Cueto? How do the Cubs feel about investing $126 million in Yu Darvish? There are no guarantees. It always isn't about the most spent money spent. It is the most money spent wisely. Do I think the Cardinals have shined in the free-agent area? No. But, differing from your assessment, I consider somebody making $16 million or more a year like Fowler and Leake, a top-tier free-agent signing, at least money-wise. .
One in 10 seems low. But, given his interest in possibly staying in Washington, I don't think you can go much higher than three or four out of 10 now.
The 2019 home-run leader is not yet on the roster.
I don't think the player knows that unless he is booed repeatedly. He got a pass in Los Angeles because they were going for the championship and everyone knew he was just passing through.
Gant probably has more value to the Cardinals than Mayers because Gant is the better starter. I can see both of them on the staff, though.
The Cardinals haven't closed any doors. But the general philosophy of any team is to address the most pressing needs the earliest. Another righthanded reliever is not their most pressing need.
I would concur that a lefthanded starter out of the free-agent pool, like Corbin or Keuchel, would help. But they have to get the hitter first, I think.
They have to find a No. 3 hitter.
Either would be of considerable help.
They have to be, although at some point, what is "all in?"
I would not. But if they truly want him, they might have to prepare for that to be the working number. Somebody who is only 26 like Harper, however, might not seek as many as 10 years because he is apt to go through this process again.
I like the looks of it, but, at what cost, for Donaldson? I'm not as concerned about Harper's cost. And, maybe he would settle for $200 or so million for five, at only age 26.
Michael Brantley is a lefthanded hitter. His father, Mickey, was a righthanded batter.
It's like they said about Ozuna. They didn't bring him here because of his arm. I truly believe, however, that Harper actually is a good outfielder. I don't care what those metrics say.
Perhaps back east, Philadelphia or New York Yankees.
If Harper was signed, he would be the right fielder with Bader in center. Much of Harper's defensive liabilities came this year when he had to play center field with Eaton hurt. Harper is better in right.
I think Dakota Hudson is valued much higher than to be part of a multi-player swap for a player who, I don't know, is considered as an elite player.
Many questions. And I needed to get a quick bite. I'll be here for a while.