Things change in life. His case will be interesting to watch through the ownership change.
Many experts have noted that the position player market is virtually dead today. And there was zero buzz about the Cards scoring a proven run producer today.
Deeper into the contract, if he were miserable here and another team had an acute need, I could see something happening. Of course, that is not the desired outcome for the team. The hope was to keep him into his retirement.
Yeah, I gave management a D grade at the break. Lots went wrong. Mozeliak screwed up and trusted some guys to do their job. Cecil and Fowler may yet pay off, but there is no way to sugar coat the disappointment of this season. As for Molina's extension, fans would be outraged if the team didn't do that. Yadier earned that money and then some with his work here. If ends badly, so be it -- but I can't fault the team for that contract.
The idea in setting up the batting order is to make it work first time through, not to plan ahead to the third or fourth inning when it comes back around.
Missing the playoffs alone would not cost Mathey his job, IMO, because the front offense deserves blame as well. They key is how the team is playing and whether there is agreement on how to move forward. Certainly more change to the coaching staff would be in order as well.
No elite prospects? All the respected independent analysts like many of these kids. DeJong is one of the NL's top rookies and the experts love Reyes, Flaherty and Sierra. The world is not coming to an end. Obviously there is work to do, but there is material to work with.
Sure. They Cardinals could suffer some slippage after this season, but the front office will make changes with that in mind.
Albert will play as long as he believes he can play well. His pride is gigantic and he certainly doesn't need the money.
Good question. I'd like to see Sierra develop here, but he could become a huge chip. He's the one guy that is clearly special so I'll say him.
It will come down to money. Harper will get insane dollars, more than the STL can bear IMO. Machado? Maybe, if the Cards are willing to overpay as they did with Holliday, Peralta and Fowler.
I predict a significantly different roster -- and I need to see what that looks like before predicting a victory total.
Maybe, but they probably needed more than a healthy Craig to finish that job.
I gave the field staff and the management team D grades at the break. There is no free pass. But mass firings? Doubt it. DeWitt will want to hear the plan for next year and how everybody will make it work. If there is some disagreement about that, that's where the change comes.
The Cardinals know exactly what they need. And those commodities are not readily available today.
Sierra got three call-ups before Bader did and Pham is playing full-time, so I'm not sure where you get that assessment. Sierra has more work to do, particularly on the power front. Hence his demotion.