Not sure if that's the priority -- lefthanded bat. But, yes, if it is then Moustakas is the answer, and there hasn't really been any since that they want to aggressively pursue him.
I guess that's possible. Billy Beane's comments have certainly made headlines.
Winning still matters most.
But you need some guarantees. You have to mix the picks, or else you'll get exposed. Some of the draft is playing the percentages. That matters for a team that doesn't want to have the cycle in and out of contention.
No. They should be realistic.
"It's a huge credit to them. Everybody on the outside considers the Cardinals a classy organization from top to bottom." -- A's GM just said in a press conference about Piscotty trade. "This is a baseball trade. we didn't go out and get him for that reason. But it's wonderful for his family, and hopefully it's giving him and his family some peace of mind."
Houston, maybe. That was the other team interested in him a year ago.
He's going to be the backup catcher. That's the idea. At some point I'm going to just copy/paste the answers about Carson Kelly and his future. But here are the Cliff Notes: Carson Kelly is 23 years old right now. Yadier Molina was 21 when he made his major-league debut, and he was 22 in 2005 when the Cardinals turned to him as the regular starter for the team with Matheny out in San Francisco. Molina's first season with 500 plate appearances came in 2009, when he was 26 years old. That is the same age that Kelly will be when Molina's contract expires. So, he'll still be in his prime. He'll still have all of is prime to play the position. And that has value to the Cardinals. To any team. It's not like Kelly is sitting there at age 28 wondering when he's going to get a crack.
Carefully. Pujols is going to have to play some first.
The former, not the latter. Matheny does not like the caddy use of his catchers. He tries to avoid it, and he was not a fan of Mike Leake working with a specific catcher that wasn't Molina. Seriously, Matheny doesn't like that at all. So you're looking at 120/42, 130/32, and then that changing over time, health and strength and fatigue playing a part of it. They're not going to script this, except that they don't want Kelly to go long stretches without playing. The drama on this really seems to exist more in the fan base than it does in the clubhouse, at this point.
Yelich was the one they viewed as the most bang-for-their-buck. Stanton as the most bang, period. And Ozuna was the player that it becomes in clear in hindsight they felt they had the best chance of getting because of the Marlins' plans.
Actually, that's something to note: Cardinals still in pretty good position with their farm system. The Cardinals trade Alcantara, but they have someone ready to be in that same role and that same level of prospect for them. They didn't tap into any of the starters that they plan to have for depth this season, right down to Austin Gomber or Dakota Hudson. And one area where they have lost some talent and not replaced it was middle infield, which is where they got prospects for in the Piscotty trade. They still have at least one outfielder they could move (two would work, really), and pitching talent that teams crave.
That would be a revelation for Reyes if he did that. Interesting thought. Hasn't been ruled out by the Cardinals, who believe Reyes could be an instant factor as a reliever come May.
I think that would lead the Cardinals to carry and extra reliever and avoid torching the bullpen that soon in the season. Having a two- or three-inning guy means not having that guy for a few days after, and there has to be a sweet spot for use of a reliever/starter in that role that doesn't sweep them out of the mix for a full rotation and yet maximizes the inning. That's why a 100-inning reliever could have such value, and if there's a candidate for that role it has to be Tyler Lyons. Imagine if the Cardinals had a guy like him for that third time through the order on certain days -- two out of five, let's say -- and that he held leads that way to bridge to the late-inning deal-closers? That has the makings of an interesting and modern bullpen, with that retro feel of a 100-inning reliever.
Orioles control whether there is a window. Machado's agent would control if there is interest.
Where there are so many views of one thing, my best bet is to report the things that I have personally confirmed or can confirm. The Cardinals and Orioles talked Machado, and the Cardinals wanted to get a sense of what Baltimore wanted to get in return. This is described as the "ask." It was called steep, or considered steep, and the Cardinals were pleased to have this information because it does influence how they view other opportunities to land a 3B and has they try to play one against the other or look for the best way to maximize their return based on what they have to give up. If the O's ask for Machado was the same (or similar in value) that the Jays were asking for Donaldson then they know which way to move for the most bang, right?
They'll explore starting pitching on their terms, not the market's.
Every team values its prospects too much with the exception of Boston, who seemingly cannot wait to move them. I'm not sure what to make of the national media's view of the package when, in all honesty, people who spend their time looking at prospects and rating prospects and do such a thing professionally for teams and for publications saw Alcantara as the best prospect in the Marlins system, right now. He was not the best prospect in the Cardinals system, nor did they see him that way. He was not the best pitching prospect in the system.
I think the Cardinals didn't have to give up much that would hurt them down the road. Alcantara will be replaced on the depth chart by a talent a lot like Alcantara. There isn't a player like Sierra at the higher levels, but Jn. Machado is a lot like him and could have a higher ceiling, depending on who you ask. Gallen is a good pitcher and will be in the majors, but he's like a handful of pitchers the Cardinals have and they'd rather keep Dakota Hudson. The lefty helps fill out the depth, and the Cardinals did not have him rated in their internal top lists. The Cardinals traded three of their top 16 prospects to the Marlins, according to Baseball America's rankings. That's no small thing considering those would be top 10 prospects in the Marlins system and little less than a third of the teams.