Probably. Signing Gregerson appears to close the book on Nicasio unless the Cardinals cannot land any of the relievers they would prefer to get at this point.
The Cardinals, right now, see Tommy Pham as their starting center fielder.
Pham. Cardinals are privately calling him their starting center fielder.
Yes. There is interest in Grichuk. I was unable to confirm anything beyong the possibility that he was discussed with the Marlins in the Stanton deal, and that he would be one of the outfielders the Cardinals offer. Similarly with the Rays, who I have been told have interest in Grichuk, but it's not clear to what extent. Orioles would also be a fit for Grichuk.
Business moves on. Don't see the grudge there. And I'm increasingly intrigued by Jedi. Trying to plot out a way to see it Thursday night, if the Cardinals can cooperate and allow me to see a late showing.
The bridge weeks are the best. Come for the final workouts and stay two, three days into the first games. That is the best time of spring training because you get to see how close you can get to the workouts, and then you see that translate into the early games. Good look at young players. That was always the time TLR suggested for fans. Don't overlook the workout time as a great chance to see the team.
Any of the three airports -- Miami, PBI, or Fort Lauderdale -- are within reach of Jupiter.
That is a fair analysis of the difference, yes. Been told a few times that Machado would not be a free-agent expected to sign with the Cardinals. Philadelphia maybe.
It appears to have been bruised, yes. Lots of questions on how this was handled.
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In that scenario, Carpenter would play 1B. Gyorko would move into the super-utility role that they've used him in here and there. RH option at second. Fill-in all over.
I can say, specifically, that the information I received on what the Cardinals offered prospect-wise and financially for Stanton did not come from the Cardinals. The Cardinals' willingness to pay about $250 million of the deal first came from somewhere else, somewhere outside the front office with knowledge of the team. The Cardinals do not talk about this stuff. Heck, they have not even acknowledged or responded to questions about Gregerson. Other teams have different approaches, clearly. The Cardinals offered no comments -- none -- on Stanton and their pursuit until they sent out a release. I receive approximately 27 no comments through the process, though, honestly, I didn't keep track. This quid pro quo that you describe does not exist because the Cardinals, by rule, keep things close, and there are times when Mozeliak and only a few others know precisely what is going on.
The next time the Cardinals "leak" any info to me this offseason will be the first time.
They just don't operate that way. The information has to be unearthed and found and reported and discovered elsewhere.That's how they operate. Their view of the relationship between the media and the team is different than other teams. We've discussed that in the chats before.
All of those things are entirely fair to point out and could be part of the issue. I, honestly, have never heard "Bible-thumping" as a reason why a player doesn't want to come to the Cardinals. They have a reputation for being buttoned-up, but some of that comes from being compared to the Cubs and some of that just comes from being an august, tradition-loving franchise with a stern-jawed manager. Of course, fans cannot have it both ways when it comes to complaining about the Cardinals not having any fun around the clubhouse and then also using Tommy Pham's "No Ping Pong Club" speech as proof of the issue. Which is it? What it really is is this: losing. The Cardinals, for two years, have not played like the team they need to be, not played like the team they expect to be, not played like the team baseball expects them to be -- and that has had an impact on how they're viewed. Heck, it has an impact on how they view themselves. Look into whatever corner you want and you'll find a reason -- the city, the social unrest, the manager, the facilities, the location, the Midwest, the clubhouse, whatever -- but the real root of the issue is that they are a third-place team and when it comes choosing where a player wants to go he's going to look for a team that can be a first-place team. The 11 championships have already been won. Players coming in care about when that 12th will be coming.
Starlin Castro was a minus fielder in each of the previous two years he played at least 1,000 innings at shortstop. Teams that have had him have looked for reasons to move him to second base or another position. This is not the glove-first move the Cardinals would looking to make if they shift to a more run prevention-oriented team.
Sure. Won't matter for the Cardinals. May not matter at all. Votto might choose to stay.
Cardinals are open to trading either of the outfielders. Their preference is to come out of this winter with a new outfielder in place and one of those two moved in another deal. That's the preference. Could both be back? Absolutely. Could Grichuk return as the team's fourth outfielder? Yep. Should you then expect a Matt Adams-like deal at some point in 2018 just for sanity because Grichuk isn't really a fit if he's just going to sit around, and it's hard to see how he could get squeeze through the playing time unless there's an injury or a significant slide in production from one of the other outfielders.
They would prefer, absolutely. Doesn't mean they get to choose. What Donaldson and Machado represent would be a bit of a retro move for the Cardinals: Get them in, try to win them over, and then make a play for an extension. Again, I've been told a few times that such a lease-to-own move with Machado is unlikely. Donaldson? Well, that definitely depends on who you ask, and to date I haven't had a chance to ask him.
Ozuna had a breakout year in 2017, and he definitely belonged somewhere on the MVP ballot for some voters. The bet would be that he could do something similar again, that his recent season was not an outlier but a hint of what he can do. I would ease off the gas a little on the Pujols comparisons, and point out that he was just fine when he was the fulcrum of the lineup. In the lineups you outline, it's obvious what the Cardinals need to do -- and even what they are trying to do. The addition of two bats to the group could be tricky, unless like you suggest that second bat is Longoria and he comes as the salary relief part of another deal the Cardinals want to move on.
Sprinkled in with a few championships. But, yes, it's odd that Simmons and Miller have not been able to crank the ranks of Cooperstown, where they both belong.
I have not seen any. Lots of peacocks, though.