They're still coming up here. Not sure what to tell you.
The facts and timeline don't line up with your view of them, sorry. If Giancarlo Stanton was so against the Cardinals -- as was widely speculated for awhile -- then why did he waste his time going through their presentation. Why did the Cardinals leave that presentation feeling that they had made a good case to Stanton and understanding that while not his first choice, they had at least positioned themselves to be a better choice for him than San Francisco? All of that does not line up with some of the conspiracy theories I've heard/read/been asked about or the hindsight backslaps so many people are eager to give.
If that time is granted by Baltimore or Toronto. Just as the situation with Stanton.
(Aside: Not sure at all why other player would entertain that. Doesn't seem wise.)
With so much money at stake, they are hyper-detailed. Every tool they have they'll use.
Are they a winning team? Then they are a playoff team. Five teams get into the playoffs these days. The Cardinals are not a team that can win a division title today. That's the better measure.
Every indication at this point is that Archer would cost a handful of prospects, and it seems like there would be some overlap there with the deal they have already presented the Marlins when it came to Stanton. That could be shifting. The Cardinals can satisfy a team looking for young pitchers (Alcantara, Flaherty, Gomber, etc.) and they can also satisfy a team looking for outfielders to play now (Grichuk, Bader, Sierra, O'Neill). They have the stockpile to make deals if the two other teams don't have an overlap of wishes, but when it comes to Archer and Ozuna you can easily see how both would be built around the same level of prospect.
The math says they don't need to if they get the right bat.
Ken Rosenthal is healthy and dominating the lobby. But it's Monday, and he's got to go for stamina as well as strength at this point. Trevor Rosenthal? He's fielded some interest from teams. San Francisco would be one. But he's going to get healthy and then see what's available and try to flip for a Greg Holland-type deal that gives him the year to prove he's healthy and the chance to escape the contract if he does.
Good stats to point out. Reed discussed earlier in the chat.
They wanted Jeter in the club.
Not necessarily. But you can see the overlap with Grichuk, O'Neill, and Bader for sure.
No, that means in the next few hours I will have a chance to get on the phone, get some reporting down, and try to expand on what we've talked about in the chat. That's all.
They are? That doesn't make any sense. And it wouldn't be true. They didn't have a "Plan B" ready to hit "go" the moment after Stanton, but they have had multiple alternatives in play for them to move on and move toward a deal. That has been how they and 29 other teams operate.
Nope. And now I'm talking to myself.
They are the team that has the best package of prospects to offer and has had the most movement with the Marlins. They have been described as the most persistent.
Nope. I think MLB should institute a salary floor. Take out the tankers.