This is an interesting way to pose the question that thematically has overtaken the chat. It's one that I tried to explore by way of a quick look at some indicators. We know the Cardinals want to get a pitcher who will take advantage of their defense. Girsch told me that in a way that puts them on a different track than the rest of the industry that is fixated on missing bats and might prioritizing strikeout rate. In effect, the Cardinals would look away from that column and toward the walk rate column. That's a simple place to start. Followed then by groundball rate and so on.
I did look up all of those and rank the pitchers for something I was working on at the GM meetings that I may finish up for kicks this week. But here goes:
Stroman -- 6.9 BB%, 52.3 GB%
Cobb -- 7.5 BB%, 51.5 GB%
Wood -- 6.7 BB%, 50.0 GB%
Matz -- 7.2 BB%, 45.7 GB%
You can see how they all cluster around that area of interest for the Cardinals. Throw in the fact that you've got Matz with a sinker and Cobb with a sinker/split approach, and then Stroman's durability and efficiency, and that gives you a sense of how the offers would grow upward from Wood to Cobb, Matz to Stroman.