That's the hope, yep. Could be the first time he's introduced in person.
He sure seems to have earned some, if you listened to Stanton's presser. Not sure baseball has ever seen such candid comments about Jeter before. He was a saint as a player, and certainly not someone another player would criticize unless you're Alex Rodriguez in Esquire.
He said he has not yet decided. He was thinking maybe 23 or something that would be a nod to one of his kid's birthdays. He was not going to pursue 13, he implied. He was really open to whatever.
You are evil. I plead the fifth.
OK. Honestly, I'm more interested in what the Orioles think would get Machado.
I think it's entirely fair to have some concern.
Machado is available, and the Orioles are either shopping for offers or telling teams what it will take to get a deal done, depends on who is talking at this point and their view of things. Donaldson would not cost as much in the acquisition and that is a big, big thing. And now that deal would not be enough at this point. The Orioles will want talent. Proven talent. Controlled talent. Now talent. Not potential.
It's well known they're looking to add a third baseman. So start there.
Ozuna's comfort in LF. Fowler's preference to play RF. That's pretty much it.
Not that I know of. They talked to his agent because that's what they do. They talk to agents. Mozeliak rather directly said he hasn't had much movement or made much movement on 1B.
Similarity. Readiness to be in the rotation, now, now now.. Depth behind them. That's mostly it.
There were some absolutely wow-Star Wars moments. I was really struck by the organization of the story and the writing of it. It really seemed like they tried to make a Guardians of the Galaxy movie in the Star Wars universe. Some of the quips were out of character, unless they're made by Starlord. That gave some of the scenes a really buoyant feel, but a tone that was new for the Star Wars universe.
"Who cares if he does not get on base much?" Considering that is the game of baseball, the team that signs him should be ultra-interested in whether he gets on base much. That, given the position he'll play, is his job. To accumulate bases. There just hasn't been any indication that the Cardinals are racing to have a conversation about him at this point. They probably know the cost.
Posturing. Here's the thing about starting pitching, Mozeliak, and the Cardinals: Always remember Kyle Lohse. The righthander who was a big part of the Cardinals' rotation for, what, five years? Well he was signed in mid-March the first time, and Mozeliak has always had the stance that pitching is always available and a team always needs it. The pace of this market this year -- well, it's a safe bet that there will be a starter available in January and the market might even soften for one of those starters by February or even later. The Cardinals can look then and still get a contributor. What sets Mikolas apart was how much the Cardinals wanted him -- like the Peralta of the rotation -- and how other teams (Cubs) were making a push for him so get the deal done then and move on.
Kolten Wong. Marcell Ozuna. Yadier Molina.
We had some real meaningful conversations in the few seconds each day that I delivered his coffee.
It was great working with him. The winter meetings are a test of any reporter, and some of the most rewarding times I've had on this beat are working together with a colleague from the Post-Dispatch. The stress can also be trying. Heck, I can be trying. Working with me is not for everybody. But Ben Frederickson is talented enough to work with anyone in any situation.