It all depends what the Marlins' new owners will want. The Astros under Drayton McLane got rid of large contracts to make the team more appealing to new owner Jim Crane. Remember, new owners don't want too many liabilities.
I assume Mozeliak knows exactly what he must give up to acquire any of the Marlins' starting outfielders.
I was totally shocked by Les Alexander's decision. I have the utmost respect for Rockets president Tad Brown, who is a man I consider a friend. Our daughters actually played for the same soccer club, and Brown was always very supportive of my fund-raising efforts for local youth soccer players. The Rockets are quite profitable, and they'll be fine after the sale if the new owners listen to Brown.,
I assume Sierra would be the first one down after Grichuk comes back this weekend. Then I assume Jose Martinez would go down when Piscotty is activated.
John Mozeliak has no untouchables, so I would assume the Cardinals would be open to anything.
Lance Lynn has been great. It would make sense to move Lance Lynn mainly because he will be a free agent after this season. If the Cardinals don't think they'll re-sign him, they might be wise to get something in return for him now from a team in contention.
Always go with the Cowboys.
The business model still works. The Cardinals are one of the most profitable teams in baseball. They're still the second best draw in baseball despite their record.
I would assume that the Cardinals and Astros would not let any past issues stand in the way of a trade between the clubs.
It won't be cheap, but I also think that Stanton's contract hurts the Marlins' bargaining power. You would think a team would be less willing to part with many top prospects and still absorb that contract.
Grichuk needs to take advantage of the next two months. His time in St. Louis might be coming to an end if he fails to establish himself.
They are top prospects with plenty of value, but I wouldn't say they'd bring a haul back, as you stated. They could be key pieces in a package for a star.
I don't know if it would be enough, but it would be tempting.
Why would the Orioles want Lynn if they're selling pieces? Do you really think Siegrist, Grichuk and Diaz are going to anchor a deal? Nobody is going to take your struggling players in exchange for quality in return.
I assume they promised Fowler he would play center field.
DeJong's an average shortstop defensively, and that is actually an improvement over Diaz. He's not going to be a defensive wizard, though.
Britton may very well be the Andrew Miller of this year's trade deadline.
Brad Ausmus graduated from Dartmouth.
As I wrote over the weekend, the Brewers, Cubs and Cardinals had easy schedules in the week after the All-Star break.