Day 3. Greetings from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. Bat country. This is a busy day for Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, and that means a busy day keeping up with Cardinals manager Mike Shildt for the contingent of reporters dispatched here to cover the Cardinals. I will ask for your patience as in the middle of the chat I'll have to step aside to attend a press conference with Shildt -- his first of the winter meetings. Upside? I'll provide some multi-media stuff from the presser. Video. Some notes. Etc. And there is always news that could break. There are some trade sin the air this morning as talks percolate in the final full day of the annual meetings. Enough prelude, let's get to the questions.
Girsch did not say that, no. A reporter here asked him that question and the GM said, "Maybe." He offered it up as a possibility. There was no definitive answer or player mentioned.
He's got to make the team first, but having a lefthanded-hitting center fielder has value, especially if he improves hitting against righthanded pitchers in the majors. Part-time roles can be tricky, as you know.
Management? You mean the Cardinals? Here's what I can tell you about this situation. Goldschmidt recognized he could be traded -- and that he had no choice where that was going to be, so he was pretty chill about wherever. That said, in the hours after he was traded he heard from a lot of friends and people in baseball about what a fit he would be for the Cardinals, and how he was a Cardinal-type player wearing a different uniform all along, and how his family would enjoy St. Louis and so on. He mentioned that he was warm to the opportunity and welcoming of a team out to contend. As far as signing an extension: There is some sense from folks familiar with the Cardinals and Diamondbacks talks that the Cardinals have a good idea what it will take to sign him -- and had that intelligence during the negotiating process. I've spoken to several people here and they either affirm that sense or talk about how the Cardinals, on the outside, look like a place Goldschmidt would welcome staying.
The Cardinals are actively shopping Jose Martinez in an attempt to get a lefty reliever. That has become clear. They've had talks with San Francisco. They've tried to sell him to a few other American League teams that have had interest or have an opening, like Minnesota or Tampa Bay. The Athletic reported late Tuesday night that the Dodgers and Cardinals have had talks about Jose Martinez. At this point, a trade wouldn't be a surprise at all. The Cardinals don't believe they're getting strong offers for Carlos Martinez -- not enough to woo them into a deal at this point.
He very well could be. Cardinals will continue to talk to free-agent options.
Don't know. Doubt it. Not anywhere near it to look.
Nope. Same old software. Goold, c. 1970s. Losing memory, honestly.
On a short-term deal that is below-market value, you bet. They'd really dig that. In the words of a Cardinals official yesterday "shorter" and "cheaper" deals for "good players" are always preferred.
The Cardinals reached out to the agents for both players and had discussions. They want to understand Miller's medical situation, and they're open to some kind of reunion with him. It's up for discussion. Descalso was looked at for the role that the Cardinals filled with the Robinson deal. That doesn't end the talks, it just doesn't make the Cardinals an urgent participant in them.
They don't see it that way. Same as with Carson Kelly, Knizner could play into that spot.
News flash: There are executives from 30 major-league teams that would say the same thing, and if we had expansion teams to cover at this point there would be executives from 32 teams.
No. That's several blocks away. Had a bad buffet experience here 20-some years ago. Still shaken.
I think today is all about coffee. Thanks for the suggestion.