I have exchanged text messages with John Mozeliak, but I haven't had full interviews with him. I couldn't answer that question with completely certainty because my sources have declined the opportunity to discuss it. Heck, I've even sent Mo smile emojis, lobbied him hard with my silly charm and he still has politely declined the opportunity to divulge his trade talks. Imagine that, but it's not for lack of trying. Trust me, Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel and I have tried every trick in the book working our sources to uncover nuggets on these trade talks. We're in the business of informing readers. I promise you we're not sitting on any inside info.
Until this past year, Magneuris Sierra hadn't focused on stealing bases. He devoted plenty of time at Class AA Springfield this year to improving his bunting and base running and base stealing skills. He's still very young. I'm very high on Sierra. He has the potential to win a Gold Glove, but he's young. If he's allowed to develop, he'll be ready to be a special big leaguer in 2019. The key for him will be to remain patient and committed to improving his skill sets. He has all the raw tools. Now he must remain hungry and continue to work on developing the skills that could make him special.
You make a good point, which is why I said that Ozuna would likely cost more than Yelich. The key for the Cardinals is to find the bat they need, not bat the Marlins most want to give them. If you want a batter who strikes fear in opposing pitchers, Ozuna fits that description more than Yelich.
I still think the Cardinals' top two priorities this winter are the middle-of-the-order bat and the back end of the bullpen. I don't see them moving off that. You don't go after Stanton and then completely punt if he says no.
I think you're absolutely right. I don't see the region working together for an MLS stadium, and it's clear that the alderman in St. Louis are going to be more hesitant to fund sports facilities. If nothing else, the Alderman may have even realized that they should at least find out exactly what they're approving after seeing how the Scottrade Center upgrade decision has played out.
Thanks. As I've said, it's just a small percentage of knuckleheads.
If they land Stanton, the lineup would look something like: Carpenter, Fowler, Stanton, Pham, DeJong, Molina, Gyorko, Wong.
Let's wait to see what happens at the Winter Meetings before we address this hypothetical.
As you'll notice from the transcript from this live chat, I've noted often that this Stanton saga will be settled soon. The Giants have more reason for optimism at this point, especially when you consider that their GM publicly began to confirm reports today to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
There is nothing to save face about. The Cardinals did what was in the best interest of their organization. They went after the biggest fish, made a hell of an offer and that's what their fans should expect. You can't hold Stanton's desire to play on the West Coast against the Cardinals.
I addressed this last week. I wouldn't do it. Kelly has earned his spot in the majors. There's no need to sign a washed up backup catcher when you can have a top prospect learning on the job from one of the best in baseball.
I don't see the most powerful sports union ever allowing a hard salary cap.
It will all be settled soon.
I'm pretty sure that Derrick Goold has reported that DeWitt was there as well.
It will likely be settled quite soon.
I don't know how many teams were interested, but multiple teams courted him. I do think fans shouldn't underestimate the importance of Mikolas' signing. He gives the Cardinals much needed depth to buy developmental time for Flaherty, Alcantara, Hudson and Reyes while also providing cover for Wainwright and Wacha.
I think you're being too pessimistic about the Cardinals.
I agree 100 percent. The county and the city must agree to share the load. There are much more important issues that must be addressed, but they're going to need to share the load if they're ever going to build a sports facility.
As I noted in my column, I had traditionally voted simply without considering steroids or character.