I don't think the Cardinals are strongly interested in either, especially in Miller's case, given his recent injury history. They will not seek out a righthanded closer like Kimbrel on a long-term deal because they think Hicks can be that closer soon.
Yes, of course, assuming the Cardinals get Harper, which is something of a leap of faith. But I would take Brandon Crawford, put him at shortstop and move DeJong to third. Crawford would offer lefthanded punch and defense although I do think DeJong has improved at the position.
The Cardinals may have to take a chance on a potential rental if they don't sign a big-name free agent. Arenado is the more well-rounded and younger player but you don't know if the Rockies will sign him.
I suspicion that Knizner ultimately will be Molina's replacement unless Kelly shows something at bat this year in the majors. I grant, though, that it's hard to hit from the bench. Kelly well could be traded in the next year or so.
Paxson would interest anyone. But their immediate missions are to get a star offensive player and one or two lefthanded relievers.
Yankees would have little or no interest in Jose Martinez with Stanton/Jude/Voit. And I don't think they want to move Torres. Andujar might be interesting here although he is not a very good third baseman.
There will be some roster maneuvering before the end of the month ro bring up minor leaguers and protect them. The 40-man number is significant only if they plan to draft someone at the winter meetings. They can always figure a way to put major-league talent on there.
I would be on board with Michael Brantley offensively although I do not know if he could play right field as well as he plays left. Ozuna can only play left. I would keep Jose Martinez under almost any circumstance because he was their most consistent hitter last year, can play off the bench, and doesn't make any money.
That is a very good question. I do think season-ticket sales would spike significantly if he was signed and that revenue would take up some of the slack. I, for one, wouldn't want to give any player that kind of contract but the Cardinals do need to add a star quality player out there now or else those season ticket renewals might head in a different direction.
I suspect that like last year, there will be some attractive free agents still available well after the first of the year. Then their pricetags (as far as years) might be more palatable. But the star hitter might have to come before then, when they're trying to sell season tickets.
But he's not a lefthanded hitter, which is their priority. And he is not a star, which is their priority.
Switch-hitting infielder Tommy Edman, who did well at both Springfield and Memphis, is likely to make the club at some point this season as a backup player. He can hit and has some speed besides being able to play several positions.
I concur that it takes "only" money to get Harper. But you have to have a good Plan B and Goldschmidt might represent that. Just for the record, Goldschmidt hit .290 and Harper .249 this past season with Goldschmidt's OPS at .922 and Harper's at .889. Will Harper play longer than Goldschmidt and sell more tickets? Yes. But Goldschmidt will never cost you $35 million a year.
Again, righthanded starting pitching is well down the chart of necessities for the Cardinals. Kluber notwithstanding.
I actually haven't seen anything of Gorman in person but to think he is two years away might be optimistic. Perhaps three. I do, however, see him as that lefthanded threat they're seeking.
I don't see the D-bcks getting much out of this. Wacha is a free agent after next year. None of the other players from the Cardinals' side really can be considered a top-shelf player yet. D.
I think the longer we're removed from the protests, the blot on St. Louis isn't quite the same. But you never really know.
Good enough to make the All-Star team last year. I didn't see he was a Ruthian figure. I said "punch." Fourteen homers by a good defensive shortstop qualifies as "punch," in my mind.