Does it? Or, consider for a moment, that they actually like their pitching rotation. If anything, the Cardinals have proven they are good at developing pitchers. Look no further than the NL Central for evidence of how they do that better than their peers.
It wouldn't be a surprise then, would it? I'm not sure how to answer questions like this.
He might be seeking that. There's no standard that he'll get beyond 8.
And there you have it. But they have at least checked around the interest in him. This was going on at the GM meetings, according to a variety of reports and people. Not unusual.
Right. That's how this works. If so many of the offers are going to be similar -- no state taxes in Texas, for example; so you're talking about the real value of the deal -- then what is going to differentiate the offer for a player who can make his choice. This is what free agency is for. Yes, some players are going to just aim for the biggest offer because that's the level of player they are, where they are in their career, or what they're about. Fine. But there are players, including players at the upper-echelons, who can choose the situation they want to call home for the next five, six, eight, nine, 10 years. That makes a lot of sense. We know that Harper is going to try and shoot the moon for his contract -- but I have never been told he's going to go to the highest bidder, just a high bidder because the bids are likely to be all high.
Yes. That's why they have a podium at the front of the media workroom. And there will be a presser here later today for the Hall o Fame inductees, Smith and Baines. Smith is flying in from Shreveport for the event this afternoon.
Pragmatism. I wouldn't say eager, though I appreciate your use of the correct word here.
They're not. Not at all. Not for that role.
Probably will be busy. I imagine that's your hope.
Yes. The players have all received at least one wave of suggestions, and in many cases they've had two or three contacts. Players have been sent PDF files that looked at some of the metrics from their past season(s) and make suggestions on things that could be worked on and improved, and at last check many of the players responded well to this. A trainer met with Dexter Fowler in person out here in Vegas this past few days, and the Cardinals got strong reviews from that meeting. In the coming weeks, there may be visits from coaches and trainers and the like, in person, with several players. So, it's continuing.
Won't they both be playing for the expansion team in Vegas by then?
Has been, continues to be -- years. Out years, they call them. Years.
I've never met him. He hits lefthanded. Rips off his shirt a lot.
Either is possible, yes. That's what spring will reveal. Always roster moves yet to make. Otherwise why have the games there.
Depends on who you ask. Have heard from some officials who believe it cost him money -- especially the Johnny Hustler answer. I have also heard from others who believe that the market for him was a specific group of teams and they're going to be willing to bid that deal up anyway because they've been planning for awhile to have a crack at him. Bob Nightengale recently tweeted that Machado is going to make in-person visits to interested cities. That's a fascinating approach. White Sox will roll out the recruitment for sure. And in the end those millions will still be there.
As I reported at the very start of this, someone with knowledge of Harper's thinking told me that the Cardinals had a better shot than maybe even they realize.