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As I wrote a few weeks ago, the Cardinals would be a perfect match for Machado. They have the young, major-league ready players that the Orioles want for Machado.
I need to double check, but those are the big ones. Cecil still has two more years after this one.
I still cannot believe that MLS has never put a team in St. Louis, which should have been among the original members in the league if you go by its place in American soccer history. Unfortunately, there isn't an ownership group willing to put the money down for a stadium. Even worse, though, the county and city don't have a partnership that has worked so well in building stadiums in other areas of similar size.
Players make the lineup. In Matheny's defense, do you really think that the Cardinals have more than three players who have earned a regular spot in a particular part in the lineup?
I don't think that's the best reason to make a move now. I'd make a trade for Machado because it would make the Cardinals better.
I'm sure they've considered other options for him, but keep in mind that he keeps hitting. The power will come. I'd keep him in the cleanup spot.
I don't know if he's hurt his trade value, but he definitely hasn't improved it. Kelly's struggles serve as a reminder that minor-league success doesn't guarantee big league success. They call it the majors for a reason.
He had never played first base until recently. He's still learning. I bet he will improve as a first baseman, but the Cardinals realize his defense will cost the team a few runs. I believe that he'll improve defensively, though. As long as his offense outweighs his defensive shortcomings, the Cardinals will make that trade more often than not.
That's a good question. They've graduated quite a few prospects. I'd say the Cardinals farm system is among the top third in the majors.
Well, this explains why there's a lull in traffic on this live chat. Seriously, though, I hate that this game is on Facebook Live instead of the regular broadcast on FSMW.
That's a good question. I don't know what the entire process is. Production is the key, but they also know that advance metrics sometimes prove that the results don't tell the full story.
The fact is that relievers might be the most difficult market to evaluate in baseball because a good reliever one year might be overused and not as good the next season.
I'm not in Milwaukee right now, so I haven't been able to ask him. The reports from Milwaukee say that he's available on the bench today, so it's probably not very serious. But at this point, Derrick Goold is our man with the info in Milwaukee.
I don't know if the Orioles would want to take on the remaining portion of Gyorko's contract, but it's not too expensive. I bet Dakota Hudson might get the Orioles' attention as the top pitching prospect in a deal.
You make some valid points.
Fowler ended up with a decent season last year. It's too early to pass judgement on Gregerson and Holland because they can turn it around.
I think that it might be enough.
I would probably give up a guy like Dakota Hudson, one of the Class AAA Memphis outfielders and a minor prospect.
It all depends. Gyorko might be the better player, but he also earns more than Martinez, who is near the league minimum.
Manny Machado is perhaps more of sure bet than those you mentioned.