While the Cardinals have been mentioned as potential suitors for Bryce Harper, the first real information that the team could be legitimate contenders for the top free agent came out via tweet.
Cardinals team president Bill DeWitt III said “We could do it, sure. It’s about (considering) putting all our eggs in one basket. We have the payroll room,” in an article by St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold.
But, lest his comments be misinterpreted, he quickly followed up. “Do you put all your eggs in one basket and do a big free-agent deal? Of do you spread it around and hopefully improve in some other spots? That’s the question facing Mo right now.”
While the quote is not necessarily a sign that the Cardinals will ultimately sign baseball’s biggest offseason prize, it is confirmation that the team realizes it can afford the megastar.
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And it’s also possible the team could focus on Manny Machado, who CBS’ Dayn Perry says is a better fit for St. Louis.
Speaking of Manny Machado ...
Machado, the other top prize on this year’s free agent market, is trying to change the narrative surrounding him since his poor World Series.
At issue is his comment “I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle.’”
In an article by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Machado says he didn’t mean he was opposed to hustling.
“For me, I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. ... I’ve always been the guy who does whatever can to win for his team. But I know how I said it and how that came across, and it’s something I take responsibility for. I look forward to talking with each GM and owner that we meet with about that, or any other questions they have.”
BND blogger Scott Wuerz says the Cardinals should make Machado their plan B this offseason, and focus on adding him to the team’s roster if St. Louis can’t land Bryce Harper.
A few roster moves ahead of the Rule 5 draft
Tuesday was the deadline for teams to finalize their 40-man roster ahead of the Dec. 13 Rule 5 draft.
The Cardinals added pitchers Ryan Helsley and Genesis Cabrera, second baseman Ramon Urias, and outfielder Lane Thomas to prevent one of the other 29 teams from drafting them during the event. All four players were playing for the Memphis Redbirds.
To make room on the roster, St. Louis designated pitcher Conner Greene and Derian Gonzalez for assignment.
With the moves, St. Louis now has a full 40-man roster.