They are paid to check that out, yes. Ownership expects them to do that work, and then we see how much front office's trust the media in some towns, or some outlets. I'll offer you this: There have been a few times when a team has made a move for a player, and I wince and go -- goodness, they may have wanted a subscription to the Post-Dispatch. So, no front office is foolproof. But, yes, they do that due diligence, research. I even know of at least one team interested in adding a writer (or few) because of the reporting, research that writers do for feature stories and interviews that might make for stronger scouting reports beyond just the stats data.
I guess it depends on perspective. If you're in high school, they're downright AARP.
Sure. Dodgers are the fully operational Death Star. And the Cardinals no longer have a Red 5 standing by.
I don't get that sense, no. They would like a bat with that kind of talent, though.
He has a year remaining on his contract. He has specifically said that St. Louis is his home, that he has other interests beyond baseball, and has not actively pursued someopportunities beyond the Cardinals. Never got much traction when I ask him if there's any interest in returning to Colorado to revamp and solve the Rockies. (The Cardinals haven't exactly given him reason to leave, though a peer of his recently told me that he could seek a payday at some point that would not come with the same security ...)
So, he's the DH. The NL has it. Cardinals can use it. Said nothing about OF.
All fair. I wasn't equivocating -- just explaining.
Um, I'm not sure they would ... I don't get much connection between Nimmo and the Cardinals, and what Nimmo is out to command based on the description from his agent is -- a lot. Good for him. He timed a career year well. Some teams will avoid that. Especially conservative teams. Haniger would be a different category all together.
The Cardinals, to date, do not have a media wing of their team Hall of Fame. The only media member of the Hall is Jack Buck. And he has a statue outside.
It's not lefties. It's left-handed thunder that rolls in October. We've seen that.
We'll find out. Both have a lot of the same traits. Holliday will be more involved with hitters than Schumaker. So, that's one area.
Either. Depends on the return.
They have not been an active participant in the starting pitcher market.
A lot of moving pieces here. Cardinals agree with the emphasis you've put on catcher.
Fully. Operational. Death. Star.