You and maybe 500 other people, Shaun. I'm sorry I cannot please everyone.
He will start in Class AAA where he can improve his defense.
There have not been talks that I know of, and there has not been an indication from either side that they would pursue talks about an extension. One reason for that is spelled out in your question. Marcell Ozuna is represented by Scott Boras. He knows that now would not be the time to do an extension, and he knows like the Cardinals know that Ozuna is not a player looking to go for the "cheaper" extension. They are all wise to this strategy. This deal would be a non-starter at this point because Ozuna has no motivation to sign -- and every motivation to have a big season and make big bank a year from now.
Lloyd McClendon said I had a "big-league bunt." Also, I had a j.v. swing. My ability to take pitches and steal second didn't get me as far in baseball as I hoped, and now that I'm several steps slower and in my 40s I don't like my chances of putting up the numbers needed for Cooperstown. The game is changing though, and maybe if starters go fewer and fewer innings teams will need pitchers in their mid-40s with a solid changeup to swallow some innings. Here's hoping!
Not ahead of Martinez, Gyorko, or Goldschmidt. The Cardinals left him off the 40-man roster twice and risked losing him in the Rule 5 draft. Actions speak louder than words, and their actions were that they were OK losing him. Now they've traded him for a player who has a role.
I think that Tony La Russa's stump speech for Harold Baines must rival only Alec Baldwin's in Glengarry Glen Ross. It had to be epic. I think Baines' election heralds the expansion of the Hall into the specialist world, and that it could set a precedent for future classes the veteran's committees will entertain. However, I offer this note of caution: Not all candidates will have a La Russa in their corner. I think of La Russa now being in the hall twice, and I look forward to his chance to offer the case for Dave Duncan's induction.
There's a gathering to talk to a superagent. I must attend. Will be back to field more questions when that gathering has dispersed.
Thanks, everyone, for participating today. Derrick obviously has been pulled away by interviews and reporting. I'm going to hit the "off" button, which at least will flip the transcript to the more readable format of question first, then the answer. Ben Frederickson will host one more Winter Meetings chat at 11 a.m. Thursday, and you can also re-engage with Derrick next week with his regularly scheduled Monday (Dec. 17) chat.