Once the Cardinals figure out which outfielders they want to go forward with, moving some of them to filling a pitching need would make sense.
Playing with an edge puts the other team off its game. It creates turnovers along the way and opportunities in front of the net. It draws penalties from the other side. That edge, if kept under control, can create a net gain.
I assume the Red Sox are smarter than to give up assets for a guy who is in the midst of a a years-long downturn. But if they are not that smart then, sure, the Cardinals would love to deal and create payroll space for something else.
Of the six, Hudson likely has the least standing if they are all pitching at the same level. Dakota's underlying metrics have always been a cause for concern.
The Cardinals drew 3.3 million fans last season, so I'm guessing the answer is no.
Last season was the sixth straight campaign where he scored 33 or more goals when healthy. He has standing in the league.
A healthy Scott Perunovich could become a reasonable facsimile of Torey Krug. But Krug does have no-trade protection
Well, Krug has no-trade protection and I can't imagine he would agree to a move to the terrible Flyers, who face a major rebuild under the iron fist of John Tortorella.
He might be a decent No. 4 catcher to help hold the fort in Memphis.
That's the sort of return that is standard for a good player with an expiring contract. Contenders make such trades, so their first-round picks are late and therefore less painful to trade. Kerfoot would be the kind a player the Blues could use to fill out a lineup while retooling on the fly.
Alex Reyes' career is not over. The Marlins are among the teams to show some interest. Unless he suffers still another setback, he will be a classic no-risk, buy low guy to take a ride on.
Yes, a team can always afford to pay the going rate for young star forwards on the top two lines. If that means that a third-linger getting into his earning years becomes expendable along with forwards getting into their 30s, then so be it. That's life in the cap world.
And . . . Miami Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez if off the market, on his way to the Twins in a trade for infielder Luis Arraez and prospects. So fans can quit constructing hypothetical trades for him.
As my colleague noted, Danny Mac created a lot of goodwill with his many charitable endeavors. And he is good at what he does. But, yes, he put himself into an extremely difficult situation.
I haven't seen any indication that the Marlins are willing to move Alcantara. They just added an on-base machine in their deal that sent Pablo Lopez to the Twins, so that is a step in the right direction for the offense. They have other pitching to trade for some outfield pop.