Howdy. Happy Thanksgiving week. I hope you're all having a great day. Thanks for taking time out of your day to participate in this week's live chat. Fire away.
The Cardinals' top priorities at this time are a premier middle-of-the-order hitter and a pair of relievers for the back end of the bullpen. I would assume that Lynn will definitely get a contract in the $15 million a year range, but I think his days with the Cardinals are over.
At this point, the Giants are considered the favorites to land Giancarlo Stanton. You have to believe the Cardinals have a shot until either the Marlins trade him elsewhere or he publicly states that he wouldn't accept a trade to the Cardinals. According to baseball sources I respect, the Cardinals have made a strong bid. The more salary the Marlins want teams to take on, the cheaper the price will be in terms of prospects.
It's too early to know how good this Missouri basketball team will be. Sure, the Michael Porter Jr. news should lower the expectations. They'll be tremendously better than they were last year, but that high-end talent is tremendously young. Anything lower than an NIT bid would be a disappointment, and there's enough young talent to not be surprised if they earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
I would assume the most likely backup plan would be Ozuna, considering all the talks the Marlins and Cardinals have had. Donaldson remains an option, I would think.
If I had to guess at 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 22, I would say the Giants are the favorites. They're a West Coast team, and he's a West Coast guy even though he's a Southern California guy instead of No-Cal guy.
When I spoke with SLU athletics director Chris May last week, he told me he had no comment and that the school still had no comment other than the SLU president's initial statement.
I would wait at least through Thanksgiving weekend before spending money on a Stanton jersey with the two birds on the bat.
This issue is much greater than how it affected the Cardinals, although they still have a chance to sign those prospects now and use those bonuses against the next international bonus pool. Nonetheless, what the Braves did is despicable. I commend MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for putting former Braves general manager John Coppolella on the ineligible list along with Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson and former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa. “With respect to individual discipline, former Braves General Manager John Coppolella will be placed on the permanently ineligible list, effective immediately," Manfred's statement read yesterday. " Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley will be suspended for a period of one year, effective immediately, and may not perform services for any MLB Club during his suspension. I intend to discipline other Braves’ International Baseball Operations employees who participated in the misconduct after the completion of our internal procedures. My staff will speak to the Players Association and officials in the Dominican Republic regarding appropriate consequences for the representatives of the players who intentionally participated in schemes to circumvent our rules, none of whom are certified by the Players Association.”
The Giants are considered the favorites. The sources I've spoken with assure me the Cardinals have indeed made what you would term an official offer.
I've addressed this earlier, but you would assume that Ozuna should be considered more of a backup plan than Donaldson at this point because he has two more years of team control and the Cardinals and Marlins have been in contact about multiple issues.
How would you know that the Giants have made a better offer? The Cardinals have to be smart. As I wrote earlier in the week, they're running on parallel tracks. They're not going all in on Stanton. They have a Plan B and C. There are many ways to make the Stanton contract more acceptable. I agree with you, though, that Stanton's contract isn't likely to seem so bad once Bryce Harper goes on the market.
I was stunned that the Timbers let Porter go. He's been a consistent winner since he coached at Akron, but it clearly wasn't enough for an owner who sure as heck does think he knows everything. Porter would definitely be on my short list for USMNT coach, but you must remember that he failed to qualify for the Olympics when he was the U-23 coach.
I don't know if I agree with your assessment about the rotation. I don't see an impending disaster, but I do think they need to sign a No. 4-5 starter to provide some cover until Alex Reyes, Jack Flaherty, Sandy Alcantara and Dakota Hudson are ready.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. The Cardinals aren't putting all their attention on Stanton. As I've mentioned multiple times, they've also approached other teams about potential trades. They have quality prospects to trade, so you have to believe that opposing teams will definitely be taking John Mozeliak's calls. There's still plenty of time left. With all that said, the Cardinals aren't going to wait all winter to see if the Marlins agree to a deal. Sooner or later, they'll turn their attention away from Stanton.
Other than taking on Ziegler's $9 million salary next year as a way to induce the Marlins to agree to a trade for Stanton, I don't see much value in acquiring Ziegler. He was 1-4 with a 4.79 ERA with 10 saves this season, not exactly the type of reliever you'd want to help fix the back end of the bullpen.
As of yet, we don't know that he has anything against St. Louis.
You make some very good points. DeWitt and Mozeliak definitely know that long-term contracts similar to the ones Pujols and Stanton received have traditionally turned out badly for teams. Nonetheless, they're trying to work out a deal that would have the Marlins pick up some of the remaining $295 million. Moreover, the Cardinals are tired of missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons.
I have to believe that the Blues would have to win five Stanley Cup titles in a row to match the Cardinals in St. Louis. Even then, I still think the Cardinals would remain the kings of the St. Louis sports landscape.