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Lukewarm Stove: Marlins Must Get Real About Stanton’s Contract, Cardinals Busy, Cobb, Chatwood, Colome, More

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Michael mentioned something about having two Lukewarm Stoves in a day pretty soon, and, well, here we are. For today at least …


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  • Hopefully you all are regarding that information with something of a “duh” by this point, but it’s still useful to see our sense of the contract confirmed by the folks whose job it is to evaluate these things. My gut says, if Stanton were placed on waivers today, nobody is claiming him. The deal was suspect the day the Marlins signed it, and then they used up the three best, cheapest years. Of course it’s an underwater contract, no matter how good Stanton is.

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  • And the new incoming CEO, Derek Jeter? He literally hasn’t spoken to Stanton in the month and a half since he’s headed up the organization (Sun-Sentinel). Setting aside the fact that it’s a CLEAR signal that, yes, he very much intends to trade Stanton, it’s just a bizarre way to welcome yourself into a new organization. The rumors are all flying, you’re openly talking about slashing payroll, and you haven’t even had a general howdoyoudo with the biggest star on your team? Bizarre. (The team’s president of baseball operations, Michael Hill, has apparently been in communication with Stanton … but still. It’s weird.)
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  • As for specific teams, the Cardinals continue to get a lot of attention:

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  • In other words, Goold is holding fast to the idea that Cardinals fans shouldn’t assume that ALL conversations between the team and the Marlins are about Stanton. Let’s not forget, the Marlins are in serious sell-off mode. Other players are in play.
  • The Cardinals aren’t just talking to the Marlins, either, having reportedly spoken to the Rays about closer Alex Colome. With the Rays constantly in the mood to ship out guys who are about to make serious money, a deal for Colome (who stepped back quite a bit in 2017) at some point this offseason sure makes sense. The Cubs will probably also kick the tires.
  • Another pitcher whose tires will be threatened by Cubs front office feet is starter Tyler Chatwood, whose age and stuff will make him an attractive buy low candidate, even as he is now a two-time Tommy John recipient. The Orioles are rumored to be in on Chatwood already.

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  • Meanwhile, the Cubs-Alex Cobb connection continues unabated, with Gordon Wittenmyer writing about the obvious fit. He notes that although there have been discussions, contract parameters have not yet been broached (Cobb still has to reject his qualifying offer tomorrow, by the way). Moreover, there are as many as 10 teams interested in Cobb, who is arguably the third best free agent starter on the market behind only Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish.
  • If you missed it this afternoon, MLB revealed that its new posting agreement with NPB (the technical vehicle needed for Shohei Ohtani to officially be posted and made available to MLB teams) will probably not be finalized until early December.
  • A trade! Jerry Dipoto never sleeps:


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Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.