More and more doubtful by the day. Has been since All-Star break.
There has been a lot of talk about that. Lots. I hear it, write it, read it. It's a big topic.
Some people buy more than one ticket a season so it's less than 3.4 million.
Also, it wasn't his no-trade clause.
You are assuming facts not entered into evidence. What matters is which one the Marlins will trade. The Cardinals would prefer Yelich's contract, for sure. Who wouldn't?
No. But I can point you in the direction of some.
Philadelphia. Baltimore. They have been interested. Awaiting the inevitable look-see from Washington.
UPDATE: Ben Frederickson talked to Michael Hill, Marlins' president, and Hill confirmed that the Cardinals were not on Stanton's initial list of teams he would accept a trade to. The Cardinals were trying to convince Stanton to accept them, as we reported all along.
That is not an outfield that they have in mind.
No. The places where the A's and Cardinals lineup would be pitching, off the 40-man roster. That appears to be where there would be discussions. Oakland has interest in Piscotty, and the Cardinals recognize that if they could move him closer to home that would be something to do, especially if they're able to add a RF or LF.
Fantasy baseball has done more to invigorate interest in the game but also has done a disservice when it comes to understanding how trades work. Teams collect talent, for example, because they can never have enough of it.
You would think a first-year owner could learn something from being here.
Open? Hardly. Those words aren't coming from Mozeliak. He doesn't use words like "desire" and he rarely uses adverbs, especially when not talking to reporters about moves.
Sure. Also because it would improve the team. Mostly that: improving the team.
He would in that equation, yes.
Without taking the time to do a deep-dive into the numbers here and try to mine the same information -- there's just not the time with the chat at this point, sorry -- let's go with it, though I have a really really hard time buying into the notion that $400 million or $500 million is a "bargain." The market has gone bonkers if that's the case, and it has gone bonkers.
So, The Cardinals would have the room you speak of and the chance to grow the payroll like you describe. That's fair.
Question 1. They would enter the bidding for the players. Everyone will. The Cardinals just are going to take a pragmatic view that they won't win the bidding. That's all. History says that's a smart way to go into things -- and be surprised if they do have a legit offer. All of the things you describe aren't secrets. Other teams know.
Question 2: The same effort they put forth for Stanton would result in the same finish, maybe even lower. The willingness to take on $250 million of a contract is a lot different than offering $400 million. It is quite literally $150 million, which in and of itself is more than the largest contract the Cardinals have ever completed.