I don't know. The Dodgers being willing to trade Bellinger strikes me as -- well, curious. What do the Dodgers know that they want to move away from? He's a former Rookie of the Year who can play first base and he's athletic enough to play center field. He struggled at times this past season, struggled against lefties -- and still for many series looked like the best player the Dodders had on a rather talented team. That's just my opinion. Maybe if they moved him in and out and up and down and around less and let him be an everyday player that talent would manifest. Or maybe they know something.
He's hipper than that. He listened to the podcast.
Not for long. Cardinals have their second baseman.
They have never really had interest in him, honestly. They have Kolten Wong. They don't think Murphy would make a part-time salary, so why make him the part-time offer. Never really been a guy who moved the needle for them.
Don't expect London on the expansion list. That would be prohibitive travel. But Englas is going to be the gateway to games in Europe over the coming years. Wouldn't be a shock if baseball takes a series to Spain, for example. Las Vegas is putting together a movement for a team, and MLB has had officials wandering around Vegas this past week to meet with officials and get a sense of what a bid form Vegas would look like. Other known candidates are Portland and Montreal, as you probably know. Mexico City was on the short list before, but reports are that baseball isn't sure how that would work.
There was not as of last night. Granted he had just been made available. IF he hit lefthanded the Cardinals might be more interested. But that Tulo-Cardinals move that seemed so so so so obvious a few years ago has been lost to time.
Good comparison. Britton "checkes a lot of boxes," as Cardinals like to say. It's whether he'll sign the contract offered that is the question.
Nothing, Clay. Nothing gives. Ever.
Sure. He's also checked on how little playing time the Cardinals have to offer. He can see the 40-man roster. He can see the infield. He can see it's best to go elsewhere.
That is possible. But as of today that pitcher isn't standing out in this market, nope.
No-risk, high-upside move that as of yesterday got a low-energy response from Cardinals. We'll see if that changes today, or if there is a different vibe. Trust me, we'll be asking.
Drives you nuts? I had to cover to a World Series in 2013 and talk to a team that willingly used a 22-man roster for the most important series of the year. Oh, and yeah they weren't fond of my questions or constantly bringing it up or anything. But there was Shelby Miller. Unused. But at least he got to warmup for that big World Series game appearance -- as the final outs were made. Weird moment in Cardinals history. Weird decision for the Cardinals. Not one that the front office was entirely crazy about, as you know. But there it was. Thirteen is the world we live in now. There is evidence that the Cardinals will actually use 13 pitchers, however, and the Pitcher Under Glass (only for use in emergencies) will be gone and maybe I can switch back from decaf.
I get where you're coming from, entirely. Absolutely. I see the value in flipping Jose Martinez to a team in exchange for a known, certainty lefty with control. A Rogers makes sense in that regard. Give up a year or two of control, but in exchange the Cardinals are getting a player they can use, now, and in a role they have open. For sure. That makes sense to me. It's a deal that pinches, and maybe they aren't getting full value but they are getting a player that they can use, and that weighs in. A rental? Less so. Martinez's five years of control for one year or two years in exchange is tougher to take -- unless that one or two years is coming from an elite reliever who could handle the ninth, take over the ninth, or be a surefire setup man. It has to be a rock star. Kluber hasn't been on the board it seems for the Cardinals. He's an excellent pitcher, would change the look of the rotation, but they have really been quiet on starters so far this winter.
I don't agree with the take, sorry. I don't see the Cardinals "concerned with contending" and not trying to put a team together to win the World Series. That is their goal. As Shildt just said, they do operate with a budget -- and shockingly the front office may have a different opinion on players than the reporters who cover the team or the fans that care about it. But to extrapolate something about their goal because for you "all in, World Series" is Bryce Harper and they're not doing that then please consider the stance they've taken: "all in, World Series" has to include a better bullpen, regardless of who is in right field.
Plausible. They have interest. But last night I was presented with some caution that the Cardinals' interest may not be enough to get into the conversation if the lefty from Japan would prefer a different location, such as, say, Seattle, or spring training in Arizona. Those are some of the discussions taking place.
No. Of course not! Who do you think they are? Baseball executives???!!! They have completely forgotten about that list and shirked their duty as professionals in the talent acquisition business. End blue font. Of course they have. They 're looking at it for utility options, depth, and they've already discussed some of the catchers that have been non-tendered.
No one is saying he is. That's the point. If that's the deal the Cardinals make, then by all means sharpen the pitchforks, light the torches, and break Twitter.