Everything is delayed this season, and Mozeliak brought that up Thursday as maybe pushing back the timetable that the Cardinals usually have for setting their roster. He said there will be moves for them to make in January.
Oh, took me a moment, but now I get you. I had an answer all typed out, but then realized I totally misunderstood the question. You weren't suggesting getting Colome and another closer. Got ya. So, yes, the addition of two relievers is still in play for them, especially if they go for throwing a few options at the ninth inning, and especially when you consider Alex Reyes won't be one until May and Sandy Alcantara isn't one now. Addison Reed has been discussed, and there have already been a few confusing reports about where Reed is headed. He does fit exactly what you're talking about. If the Cardinals went toward the free-agent closer market, you're going to see them reluctant to add another reliever salary.
The Cardinals have had talks with Reed's agents, so I'm not sure where you get that indication. All of the things you mention are reasons they have interest.
That is possible. Brace yourself. We have two years to find out how possible. I think it's a little premature to stay with any certainty considering he's about 10 minutes away from uttering his first words since the trade.
The Cardinals expressed a particular disinterest in a rental. I asked if Ozuna's signing -- for two years -- changes that and puts the onus on making the move that increases their chances in one of those years, and the Cardinals said, again, it comes down to the acquisition costs. And the idea of giving up 10 years of two young starting pitchers who could be rotation fixtures on a contending team for one year of an infielder who is about to bolt for free agency would be ... unpalatable.
The starting pitcher market has been tepid, at best. There's been no buzz, nothing much about Arrieta, about Darvish, about Lynn. Heck, Chatwood is the biggest signing so far -- of any free agent. That's a bit unusual. The market is sloooooooooooooooooow and it's really sloooooooooooooooooooow for starters. Lance Lynn has drawn interest from Philly, for example, and there's something that the Yankees will give him a look, if they haven't already. But he can wait to see who doesn't get one of the other starters -- and still needs one. Washington could even enter the picture. So, it's the delay more than the player.
That scenario is one of several on the table, sure.
But, look, I should add that the Rays are going to want a haul for Archer, and they should. You're talking about an almost Chris Sale-like move considering the contract and talent that Archer has. Keep that in mind, and even the Rays are going to say look please take this contract of Longoria's in addition to Archer, they're still going to have the Archer windfall as the starting point. They're not into giving charity. The Rays have to win deals. They want to win that deal.
I did not see it. I doubt he saw my articles from this past week, either. He's a talented writer, though, always has been back to when we were on ice together.
Not necessarily. I haven't been told that was the case, or led to believe it.
I must get on an interview call here. Please be patient.
"He was nervous, not in a bad way, some anxiety because it is a change that is going to affect his family. His wife got a little emotional. Once they were able to talk about the situation everybody is happy now and ready to move forward." -- asst. GM Moises Rodriguez, translating Marcell Ozuna's first comments as a Cardinal.
"He's always known the Cardinals to be grinders, competitors, until the end."
Ozuna presser has ended. Expect a story soon on StlToday.com. Let's get back to chatting.
The middle infield in your scenario appears flipped or not representative of the Cardinals.
Sandy Alcantara was involved in both. An outfielder like Sierra was, too, though I don't know if that was Sierra or one of the other outfielders at that level. And almost $250 million.
(Alex Colome, FYI, has the nickname 'The Horse.')
Yes. But that's not a surprise. Newspaper people tend to hang out, and the Cardinals do share a spring training complex with the Marlins so we see Ozuna and that group often. Also, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina speak well of Ozuna.
Colorado has not been a motivated seller of its young players.
I'm not sure about Sportsman's Park. Someone might know that off the top of their head -- how that porch in right field played for hitters like Musial. But Busch III is more of a pitcher's park than Busch II. There is a lot of data to support that.