A selection from Colome. Longoria. Ozuna or Yelich are the more likely acquisitions at this point.
I'm pretty sure I said I understand the fan's frustration, and in recent weeks this chat has offered some outlines of why fans should be frustrated. Angst is another word for it.
A few things to keep in mind: Cardinals are not asking Mikolas to be Carlos Martinez. They may be asking him to be Lance Lynn. They are certainly asking him to be Charlie Morton. The Cardinals didn't sign Luke Gregerson thinking that he'll be Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel. They signed him to be what Edward Mujica was for the team before he took over as closer. There are concerns within his stats. Yep. Can't hide from those. But also see the move for what it is: one move. If it's the only move the Cardinals make then by all means grab your pitchforks, light those torches, and take the virtual hills of Twitter and yell away.
Or, better yet, don't go to games. Don't by tickets.
Here's a tip: The Cardinals may not care what "angst" you show on Twitter, but they certainly will take note when that "angst" means you're not coming to games.
Sticking true to my coverage here. Christian Yelich has strong upside. He has the better contract. Heis lefthanded. He is a player on the rise. His best season is still ahead of him.
Fowler would play right field, per a source on this very question.
J.D Martinez or Eric Hosmer would cost the most, and considering the Cardinals' allergy for the out years of that deal with Martinez it's hard to see them being much of a player for him. Most prospects would probably be Yelich at this point, though I have also heard that the Marlins are asking for a high price for Ozuna too at this point just to see if they can strike gold on prospects with one of them.
The Hall of Fame is holding a press conference right now to introduce Trammell and Morris as Hall of Famers.
Bill DeWitt Jr., who remains a major player for the Hall, served on the committee that elected Morris and Trammell and did not elect Ted Simmons or Marvin Miller.
I say that the Colorado Rockies do not have the eagerness to move the prospects because they lack the depth that the Cardinals have when it comes to young players like that. The Rockies, however, do have some appealing prospects when it comes to the centerpiece of a deal. Brendan Rodgers. Ryan McMahon. Colton Welker. Those three stand out.
Greetings from far away. The talks have already taken them down a path that would include Longoria. With Longoria about to reach 10/5 rights and be able to block any trade, this is the time for them to move him. The timing is probably at its best right now if the Rays want to move on from that contract. The Cardinals see a way for that to match. Starting pitcher is another thing. Odorizzi and Archer are both of interest to the Cardinals, but not as much at this time as Colome. Not from what I can tell. Before the signing of Mikolas, it seemed like Odorizzi would be a similar type move, especially as part of a larger deal.
The White Sox will want the world. You're talking about at least another elite prospect.
Nope. They know well enough here to have one ready.
They happen pretty often. They just don't find the headlines. I'll also add that some of these moves that are made with the minors are done through ways other than trades. Players become minor-league free agents, players are released, all of that is in play.
The chance to be a free agent was too appealing than signing super fast. That happens.
That he was far better away from Minute Maid Park, where he'll never throw a pitch in the coming season unless its in the World Series, and then I think the Cardinals will be pleased with where they got. That his dip in velocity is something to watch. That he had a lot on his mind this past season when it comes to pitching for the first time since the loss of his father. I cannot know what that's like.
And most of all that if he's used in the right spot and deployed as a seventh-inning guy and against righthanded batters then he'll be successful.
If he's pressed beyond that, or shuttled into Bowman-level service then there could be concerns.
The Cardinals best chance now to land the hitter that they want is via trade. That seems to be the case. They don't win auctions. They can't get past no-trade clauses. They're not going to be able to draft players like this if they continue to contend. So trade is the best option.
Count me in the camp that what they did was welcome and necessary. How they respond and what they try to do next will be more telling and a better way to judge. They put everything forth to try to get Stanton. As they should. Will they reach to get the next-best?
Just trying to outline what's possible. I hope that I give detail. That's the idea.
Have not beyond the natural dot-connecting that takes places to fill the vacuum at this time of year. This past year, Garcia came up as a possible target for the Cardinals and there was a concern that the Sox would sell high. The Cardinals, it should be noted, have had some recurring themes with a few teams.
-- White Sox ask for the World.
-- Hard to make a deal with the Rays because how similar the two teams value players and how Tampa Bay, I was told yesterday, try to squeeze every last value of a stone.
He wrote a story on that. He also wrote that it's a "major question" whether Baltimore will look to move Machado. So ... Here's what I've reported and what I know: The Cardinals are viewed by rivals as a team out to be "aggressive" and willing to move significant, top-shelf talent to get a hitter. That has the attention of every team. The Cardinals' young pitchers are appealing to several teams, Baltimore included. That's how conversations start. But a team has to be willing to move a player for these talents for those conversations to go anywhere.
Sandy Alcantara or Jack Flaherty were part of the deal. That is certain. There was also, from what I have been able to learn, an outfielder included, though I don't know who. One of the young outfielders. Simmons will come again in two or three years. Not sure. The Hall changes around its veterans/modern committee, and this one has been a good learning experience because it's been generations since the committee elected two players.