Yes. That has been outlined often in the chat.
They would still look at other options.
In the end, that is the idea.
The Cardinals traded for Matt Holliday. He came to the Cardinals because of that trade and because he didn't have the chance to say no. Also, he would have signed with the Cardinals if he was going to be their No. 3 hitter. He was a fit for the Cardinals. They knew that. He knew that. His agent knew that. And that contract was the culmination of the Cardinals' interest in him for several years. If anything, it's the opposite: One of the reasons the Cardinals wanted to get Matt Holliday was to sell Albert Pujols on the chance to stay together in the middle of the order for years to come.
They are getting ready to start the Stanton press conference. Try to speed to a few more questions then call it a day.
No team operates that way. That would be a bad business model, as they say around here.
They did not do that for Wong.
You want the chat down the hall. Dave Matter's. Can't miss it.
Seem lower than 50/50. Have to be wowed. Cardinals could do that. But you can see why they would look to try other moves first before plunging all their stock into that move.
Hudson seems headed to be a starter, though he still could be successful as a reliever, to me. Hicks could be that blowtorch reliever. Alcantara a starter. Gomber a starter. Siejas on the rise, and could be the next Alcantara-type. Mayers a reliever.
Exactly. Still possible. Ziegler would be one reason why.
Name recognition is part of it. Change of league, change of scenery is part of it. Getting off the turf is part of it. Reliability at third and durability are big parts of it. All of the trends you mention give the Cardinals pause, too.
More of the same. Not many secrets when it comes to who they match with.
Still in the transition period and they've outlined how that won't be months or one offseason. Mozeliak is still very much the head of baseball operations. Just has a new title.
They have. Often. They don't see Fowler has "bad," They do see how they had to go the extra year for Fowler, and they know that may be the model they have to follow. What that means is try to bake the last year of the contract into what production will be over the few first years. That's how they're looking at it. As far as Price and Heyward -- you do have to judge those in the moment. The Cardinals were willing to go to those lengths too and you can't unring the bell if those players had just said yes. If you want a lesson, then maybe the Cardinals have to a point where they need to know their strengths, right? They have to go for the trade and try then to keep the player or have him come with the extended deal.
Probably. Seems inevitable.
Catch the Cubs. Those moves would certainly close the gap.
Of the two, Girardi would be more likely. He and Matheny are friends, however.
Why make it so complicated?
Yes. And that wouldn't be a bad thing.
Seems like a good place to end it here. There is some reporting to be done. Ben Frederickson has been hustling on the news while I've been chatting. So check out his work that's up right now on StlToday.com. It's his turn to run the chat Tuesday. And then I'll be back with the keyboard on Wednesday here. Check StlToday.com later this evening for some updates from the Cardinals as well, as there should be a chance to get some questions fielded. It's fine that they tried to get Stanton, but participation ribbons don't count in the standings. They have work to do.