Nothing really new in the rumor mill other than several experts forecast Harper going to Philadelphia. This process will take a while. I am interested in how the Cardinals might go after Goldschmidt, who had a Carpenter-type May when he hit .144 but rebounded to finish with 33 homers and .290 average. Arizona will want young pitching. The Cardinals have it. But, he will be a free agent at the end of the season and you don't want to give up too much for what might be a rental player.
Amplifying on the previous question, I would listen to inquiries about almost any of the Cardinals' pitchers, with the possible exceptions of Hicks, Flaherty and Reyes. I would have interest in Arizona's Peralta,too, but don't know how he would be in right field. I have less interest in Jake Lamb, but he is a lefthanded-hitting third baseman with power who had an injury-plagued off year after making the All-Star team the year before. Carson Kelly could be involved in these discussions, too, from the Cardinals' end.
Carpenter, not a good defender, would go to third if Goldschmidt was acquired. He is better at first and it might be more ideal to have a lefthanded batter like Harper as a new acquisition in the lineup. But Goldschmidt, a righthanded batter (and excellent defender), hit .290 against righthanded pithing and .291 against lefthanders.
I do not think Colon factors into the Cardinals' plans. At this stage, he is too old (45) to be a National League starter with hitting and potential base running and fielding involved plus he wasn't all that good this year anyway.
That Stanton ship has sailed _ into the Hudson River. The Yankees aren't pursing Stanton but rather Machado, according to most reports.
Overblown report. Cubs exec Theo Epstein was saying they would listen to overtures about pretty much anyone. All GMs do that. And, rest assured, if there was a three-way deal going on, he would know about it.
They might investigate lefthanded-hitting third baseman Kyle Seager, who has hit 20 or more homers for seven years in a row with Mariners. But, caution. He is due at least $57.5 million for the last three years of his contract. And, at 31, he hit only .221 this past season.
As delicious as that might sound, I do not think the Cardinals are seeking to pull off a Harper-Goldschmidt combo. I think it would be one or the other, at best.
But Carp has to figure in here somewhere if a lefthanded slugger isn't acquired because he is the only lefthanded hitter with thump that they have and he is their only real leadoff option. Of the others you mentioned, Peralta is most appealing because he is a lefthanded batter.
I am always leery of investing in players from the other league (i.e. Donaldson) because, despite more player movement these days, there are many pitchers who are foreign to hitters that first year in a different league.
I think you can figure on something like an alternative jersey update. No new players just yet.
Given Donaldson's injury record last year, he would be more of a risk than Moustakas. I'm OK with Wisdom as an extra man but I really would like to see Munoz get a chance at third if Carpenter remains at first. Harper, of course, would be the most ideal situation but it's going to cost at least $35 million a year for upwards of 10 years, with possible opt outs along the way. Philadelphia, among other teams, has the money and desire to do that, and if the Phils acquired him, they easily would have enough to contend with the Braves, who were the weakest division winner in the majors this year.
The biggest factor in fixing the lefthanded side of the bullpen simply is finding somebody who can get lefthanded batters out. Ideally, you would like that pitcher to be able to close, too, a la Britton of Baltimore/Yankees but somebody like Houston's Tony Sipp, more of a specialist, would work too. You still could have Gomber as a multi-inning lefthander. But you might need one more lefthander, too, unless you think Tyler Webb is good enough.
I didn't say I wasn't high on Lamb but he hit just six homers last year and he had (left) rotator cuff surgery in mid-August. Kind of a risk here, wouldn't you say? But I would like him over Donaldson if both were healthy.
Acquiring a Goldschmidt type would mean Carpenter would have to play third all year and that would not be ideal, defensively. You would have to weigh the risk/reward, including the fact both could be free agents after next season (Carpenter has club option for 2020, Goldschmidt's option for 2019 was picked up in the last week or so).
Santana is a switch hitter with power, which is good. He is due $40 million for the next two seasons, which is not good. He hit .229 this past season, which, really is not good. I don't see the Cardinals that interested.
The Cardinals won't have the same players they had defensively. For one, Bader will be in center field all year. For another, there will be either a new right fielder, first baseman or third baseman. I don't foresee them being a great defensive team, no matter what happens.
Greinke's fastball is down to 91 now which is Wainwright territory. His contract still is prohibitive, even if D-backs pick up a lot of it. He is owed $104 million for the next three seasons. I don't see them picking that up in addition to paying for a slugger.
I don't know if they would nicely applaud if he had a bad year (see Fowler).