If the Cardinals cannot get an impact bat, they can still upgrade the team in different ways. They can fix the bullpen and spend that money on another starting pitcher.
I would really like to see the U.S. hire former Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, who has proven an ability to win with less than talent.
If you want to win next year, you need Pham. I wouldn't give up Pham. He'd be as close to an untouchable as Carlos Martinez. You need somebody to help protect Stanton in the lineup. With all due respect, pal, you would not make a very good general manager. I can bet you that the package for Stanton won't be that costly. Keep in mind that the team that acquires Stanton is taking on his monstrous contract.
I have to believe that there will be a managerial change if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs.
Carpenter had a down year while coping with a bum shoulder, but he's still a very good leadoff hitter. I don't know why some fans are down on him.
I haven't hear anything about that.
Arrieta finished on a decent note, but he struggled just enough early to give teams pause. At 31, he is coming off his worst season since 2013. He's trending in the wrong direction.
The Cardinals are open for business. I wouldn't worry too much about the Rule 5 draft. The Cardinals aren't going to rush to make a deal just because they might lose a prospect they don't deem worthy of adding to the 40-man roster.
I bet the Marlins would like that deal, but Bill DeWitt Jr. will not sign off on a deal in which the Cardinals eat all of Stanton's salary.
There's no way I'd give up Bader, Diaz and Flaherty for Hand. That would be malpractice, but I would agree with your plan to sign J.D. Martinez and Nicasio. I would then get Holland.
I agree 100 percent. Jaden Schwartz has been brilliant this season. He's come into his own and ascended to stardom. He and Tarasenko give the Blues a dynamic punch.
I bet you Pham has the highest value among the trio you mentioned. DeJong has higher value than Gyorko, Bader and Sierra, who still needs a year of development at Class AAA to be ready for consistent major league success.
I don't see that happening.
If I were you, I'd bet on the Yankees.
I would not make that deal.
As it is it will be difficult to persuade Bill DeWitt Jr. to take on Stanton's contract, so why also compound it by robbing too much of your farm system for him? Remember, the Marlins are trying to unload the contract and not many teams can actually compete for him. You're not competing against all the other teams in the majors or even five others. It could very well be just the Giants and Cardinals.
I assume the Cardinals will at least inquire, but I'd put my money on Holland.
Sorry. I don't make the questions. I just try to answer them as they came in. I agree with you that Odom may not be the answer at Mizzou. He's striking out in St. Louis, and that's not a good thing for the Flagship university.
Scouts I trust say something is going to make a huge mistake on J.D. Martinez this winter. The Cardinals have some very good outfield depth. If you can't get Stanton, perhaps it makes sense to stand pat and fix other parts of the team. The closer will be crucial, as the Astros have found out this postseason. If the Astros lose the World Series, they'll always lament Jeff Luhnow's inability to fix the bullpen. If the Cardinals fix the bullpen, they'll be more than good enough to make the playoffs next year. They can use an elite middle-of-the-order bat, but they won't be derailed if they cannot land Stanton. They can go after Donaldson.
If they add Stanton, they're not going to add Machado, if that's what you're asking.
At this point, you have to believe this Blues team could make a serious Stanley Cup run. They're good and will get better once some of their injured players return.
Thanks so much for participating in this week's chat. See you next week. I need to get ready for our event tonight.