I'm trying. I think they're wearing me down.
Absolutely that is something in play for baseball, and it is something they looked at doing and are trying to figure out how to merge it into the game -- especially with all of the local coverage/TV.
Nicasio wanted to see what he could get in free agency. He wants to see if a team will consider for a closer and pay the freight that goes with being a potential closer. Gregerson could be signed for the deal that he got and accept the role that goes with it.
Yes. He took a significant stride this week toward future induction.
These are not related. It's not going to take money to get Ozuna and Longoria and Colome. It's going to take prospects. They can take on those salaries. Ozuna and Colome are just into the arbitration process, and Longoria has more than $80 million remaining on his contract. They can afford all of that when it comes to salary. But it's moving all the prospects necessary to pull those deals off. That's where the real bite is.
Tank and get a few years of drafting in the top five seems like the only guarantee. Otherwise, they're going to have to go this route until they capture lightning.
The timing appears to make it before he notified them.
1) All of that is true. Exactly.
2) I'm not entirely sure I understand the stance here, honestly. No. 5 in this statement is Pujols. But the Cardinals had a 100-win season and a National League pennant in the years since Pujols, and those teams were built around players like Beltran, Holliday, and others, but really fortified by the pitching and the young pitching that the Cardinals were able to develop alongside Craig, Freese, Jay, etc. It seems like that model worked just fine for a long stretch. Got them to four consecutive NLCS, three of them without Pujols being in the time zone, let alone the lineup.
How one goes from that to the current rotation, I'm not sure. The current rotation has a lot of questions in it. For sure. The current rotation needs someone to pitch back to their career norms and others to pitch beyond their career norms or else there just won't be the consistent churn of quality starts necessary to contend. That's the bet the Cardinals are making. Carlos Martinez needs to be Carlos Martinez -- the ace of the staff. And, yes, lots of people like Chris Archer.
Can't both be a part of it? Players do live in the clubhouse, but they have to go home sometime. I wouldn't say either is THE HEADLINE BIG MASSIVE REASON why Stanton said no. It's more likely that he didn't want to play in middle America, didn't buy into the Cardinals future, or just preferred a bigger city on a coast if he could get it, and he had the power to get it.
They have? The Cardinals and Cubs aren't playing a game this weekend. They don't have a series set for Christmas. There is still time and there are still players before either team is set. I fail to see how either team has really moved the needle on their 2018 beyond addressing fine-tuning that they had to do -- whether they did it in December or November or March. These are not the moves that change a division, not on either side.
Addison Reed is still a fit, but he also captures some of the curiosities of this winter. Not too long ago I was told that the Cardinals had momentum toward an agreement with Reed. Then I was told that was wrong. Then I'm told it's Gregerson, then I'm told that's "on hold," and then they have a deal with him less than 24 hours later. It's clear here how the Cardinals keep some people guessing, even people who should be in the know at times.
At this point I would put Abreu on the dot-connecting side of the spectrum. The Cardinals have checked on all of the available bats -- whether they are really available or not -- and then tried to distill that list down to what is a real possibility. Their focus has been elsewhere, which tells you something.
There's a role for him off the bench in the majors, or starting at 1B in Memphis.
The team hasn't said anything about Gregerson. Radio silence. The team views Mikolas a find. All of his peripherals are strong. They like his fit as a starter, innings guy in the rotation, and they think the arm strength with the command has him primed for a breakout year. They're betting on his upside, and they saw him as the better value play than Chatwood. The Cubs were in on both, too.
It's possible there are two others.
He's a) not a starter and b) not you.
Talent. High-end talent. Top young talent.
I think this season will be an excellent chance to compare and contrast the moves and what production the Cardinals and Cubs get for moves that are met with such different perceptions in the Cardinals' fan base. Should make for good #content.
The length of the contract and cost when he's likely a DH.