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I'm not completely against public funding for the soccer stadium. I'm against inequitable public financing. In other words, I don't think the city should carry the entire weight of the project. It's unfair to force city residents to pay for the stadium when most of the fans who come in to watch live in the county or St. Charles County. I bet that the St. Louis area would benefit tremendously from a city-county partnership. I've spoken to investors in other MLS expansion groups, and they assure that the money doesn't work without some sort of public funding as long as MLS is going to ask for an $150 million expansion fee. No group will bring a team without any sort of public help, whether it's free public land to build a stadium or money to help pay for the stadium. If the state still gives them the land, they could try to make it work with a less expensive stadium. That's a big if.
I must confess that I have my hands full just keeping up with what St. Louis fans think, so I couldn't tell you what the few Marlins fans think. With that said, Marlins fans have had more than enough time to brace for a Stanton trade and a rebuild. It won't be the first or even second rebuild in franchise history, though. They're used to rebuilds every decade of their existence.
You might have a good point. It's a case of 1A and 1B. If they don't get a closer and a setup man, they're likely to be in much bigger trouble than if they don't get a No. 3 hitter. They need to fix the bullpen for sure and improve the batting lineup.
Abreu is definitely the type of hitter that would improve the Cardinals' lineup. It will be interesting to see if Abreu is actually traded before Stanton. Abreu might ultimately be more expensive in terms of prospects than Stanton, though. The Red Sox, according to Jon Heyman, are in talks with the White Sox about Abreu. I would definitely check in with the White Sox about Abreu.
I wouldn't call the Cardinals patient this winter. John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch have been quite busy this winter exploring multiple players as potential trade targets.
I haven't noticed that. I'll check. You might want to ask Jeff Gordon this question on Friday.
At this point, I would still consider the Giants and Cardinals the two favorites to land Stanton. Some might say the Giants have a slight edge. I'm not buying the Dodgers as a player in this market just yet, but he would definitely like to go there.
I need to look at the numbers yet. This team is very good. They didn't miss a beat despite missing multiple veterans at the start of the season.
As a policy, the Cardinals don't divulge which players they're chasing in trade talks. You can assume, however, that they've checked in on every major impact bat on the trade market.
That's a very good question. If Carpenter becomes a super utility player because the Cardinals acquire a third or first baseman, I would assume that Gyorko's days in St. Louis would be numbered. I cannot envision the Cardinals have those two on the 25-man roster as utility players.
I would be shocked if Michael Porter, Jr., returns this season. He has much to lose if he rushes back and stumbles or, even worse, suffers another injury. He can be a Top 5 pick in the next draft. Why risk it?
I cannot speak for African American players, but I do know that there is enough concern that Dexter Fowler sought Ozzie Smith's advice before agreeing to sign with the Cardinals last winter. Sadly, St. Louis isn't unique in terms of problems with race relations.
I interpreted the Marlins' stance as a way to help push Stanton closer to accepting a trade. I did laugh, however, when someone on Twitter noted that the Marlins haven't actually been a winning team with Stanton during his career either. Stanton could point out that the Marlins haven't exactly build playoff rosters with him before, so nothing much changes.
The only people that know what's going on are the Marlins and to some extent Stanton. Even the teams that have made bids for Stanton won't know what's going to happen until the Marlins accept their offers or turn them down.
I tend to agree with your stance, but I don't think the Cardinals will stand pat if they cannot land Stanton. They're hungry to improve the lineup with a middle-of-the-order impact bat. They'll also attempt to fix the bullpen.
The Cardinals have been linked to Colome, according to Jon Morosi. It makes sense. The Rays have considered having a total rebuild similar to what the Astros went through and what the White Sox started last winter, so it would be wise for John Mozeliak to see how many other players he might be able to get from the Rays.
I would expect the White Sox to request at least two top prospects and perhaps a young major leaguer in exchange for Abreu.
I still expect Stanton to be traded. I also still consider the Cardinals as the Giants' top competition for Stanton.
Soccer will never be dead in St. Louis. Remember, there is a USL team here. I will say, however, that the atmosphere in St. Louis doesn't seem conducive for a publicly funded soccer-specific stadium. Just look at the lawsuit against the funding for the Scottrade Center renovations.
I'm guessing that Carl Gunnarson is trade bait at this point.