I would think they would consider anything that would get him here because somebody is going to pay him. .
Even that price tag is a large one for somebody who was hurt much of the year and who had only one single in postseason play, which is precisely why Cleveland traded for him.
They have to add more speed/athleticism. Harper adds to that. Donaldson does not. The Cardinals cannot survived on home runs alone.
First, Marmol knows all the players in the system, as does Shildt. And he's managed games at the minor-league level although I understand that is not the big leagues. Yes, it is a little surprising to me they don't have somebody more experienced in the majors to be the bench coach but the main purpose in the job is to have somebody who is a sounding board for any ideas the manager might have _ and perhaps somebody who might contradict him, from time to time. And experience isn't really necessary for that.
Moustakas, being a lefthanded hitter, would bring more value than a righthanded-hitting Donaldson, for instance. Depends on what the cost is and if you have acquired somebody better.
Matheny's best strategy probably is to be hired on as a coach/instructor by another organization and then possibly be in place if there was a managerial change there.
I would think the Cardinals would prefer fewer opt-outs, or none. Harper should seek as many as he can get. But, even if he had no opt outs and an eight -year deal, he still will be only 34 and would get another good deal. The Cubs, on the other hand, will be very careful, about making another Heyward signing, or Yu Darvish. Their way isn't exactly infallible, either.
I think the A's value Chapman working relatively cheaply. I don't know how many Cardinals, as their roster currently is constructed, can steal 15 bases. Maybe two (Wong, Bader)?
You talked about "top tier," without specifying a financial breakdown. I consider anybody making over $16 million to be top tier. I guess you don't. And if you consider the Cubs a contender, do you also consider how they absolutely have thrown away money on Heyward and Darvish, who, I'm sure would quality in your estimation of "top tier?"
I would hope that they would adopt the Red Sox philosophy of moving runners along, although the Red Sox did score all their runs last night on homers.
The Rams situation probably didn't help but the only free agent of real offensive consequence last year was J.D. Martinez, who is a great DH but a marginal defender and much more suited to the American League.
Well, what he means is that the Red Sox were unstoppable this season and this postseason. But La Russa also made the point that great teams do it more than once. Let's see the Red Sox do that without Kimbrel, Eovaldi, Kelly, Pearce, for instance as potential free-agent losses. It does seem to me that you're short-changing the DeWitts for previous playoff successes since they have owned the team. But, of course, it is "what have you done for me lately?"
I, for one, would like to see fewer strikeouts. And, in Albert's case, Houston did not strike out as often as many other clubs,
Ozuna seems very reluctant to even consider surgery, no matter its severity. So, no I don't expect anything major, if at all. As for Carpenter, it appeared that his arm regressed but it didn't seem to affect his offense the way it did the year before.
Especially Duda. As for the rest of the aforementioned, I agree also. You might have to target a trade.
I don't think the Jays would risk making Donaldson a qualifying offer. As for alternatives to Moustakas or Donaldson at third, there is always Carpenter, although not ideal because of his arm. I would like to see more of Munoz, to see if he fields well enough to keep his bat _ and speed _ in the lineup.
Right now, the rotation looks like Mikolas, Wacha, Martinez, Flaherty and Wainwright, with the possibility of Gant or Gomber. But a veteran (lefthander?) might be brought in.
I make nothing out of it. Boras wants to have fun in November/December, rather than calling off the jam in October.
I always hesitate about trading young starters although there might be a surplus. Wacha will be a free agent after next season and Wainwright well could be retired.
Yes, you are right. The Indians aren't likely to make that qualifying offer to Donaldson. Thank you for your ever so gracious correction.
They can sign him at any point or make him a qualifying offer to protect their draft pick. If he takes the offer, which will be very high for one year, he stays. If he doesn't they have the draft pick when somebody else signs him.