What? Have you been asleep since Cuonzo Martin began working his recruiting magic at Mizzou?
We were going to set up an interview. I haven't reached out to the others lately, no.
I don't see that at this point.
My job is to give my opinion, so it's definitely a pattern.
I'd say Dakota Hudson or Tyler O'Neill.
Ozuna is making $9 million a year. They went after Stanton first.
$9,000,000. That's no chump change. They did address the rotation.
It will be fun to watch him try.
All I can tell you is what my trusted sources tell me. We'll find out soon enough.
That is definitely your right. I've noticed, though, that attending a Cardinals game is more than just a baseball game. I've seen that for many fans it's a tradition. Something tells me you'll be at Busch Stadium at one point because it's part of your past.
I'd have to say the Astros are the favorites to win the 2018 World Series at this point.
That's an interesting theory. I don't know, but I would bet the Cardinals would definitely be willing to listen if they could get him at a bargain.
Remember that managers say a lot of things in the offseason. Let's wait until opening day, at least.
I think you're missing some context here. In free agency, you usually pay for past performance. That's how the system is set up. You get control of guys for six years. Then they hit free agency and cash in. Look at Albert Pujols as a major example. He got his big Angels deal based on his past performance with the Cardinals, but the salary doesn't match the production decline.
If I were in a front office, I would be more in tune with your mindset.
The key for us is to also be accountable to them. As you may note, I don't take cheap shots on Twitter or in my column. I'll write negative things from time to time, but I always make sure that the sources know I'm there to talk. I also usually give them a chance to give their side before I write, as I did last week with Mike Yeo before I wrote that he would be nuts if he didn't declare Hutton his starter. If you treat people with respect and don't take cheap shots, most appreciate that a columnist is paid to give opinions.
I wouldn't call anybody bitter, but there is a sense of anger and frustration from Cardinals fans at this time.
I'll flip your question around to prove that the Cardinals are trying to do the smart thing because they know there is no true guarantee with relievers. Relievers, more than any other group, fall off their past performance more often. Rosenthal and Oh were proof of that fact last year.
Your opinion has been noted.
I wrote a column recently about the Cardinals' flexibility. They're giving themselves the flexibility to add payroll in July.
Thanks so much for joining this week's chat. I have to go now. See you next week.