Guess it depends on what the trade deadline looks like, the Cardinals' need, the available alternatives, the Dodgers' ask -- there are more ifs, ifs, ifs, here than other moves the Cardinals would look to make. I don't see them seeking out this deal.
There are almost 200 questions in here. The chat scrolls them by as they arrive, and I do my best to see what I can. Right now there are two questions out of the 203 that I can read. And now they're gone because three more questions arrive. And one long one. So I only see it. I'm doing the best I can to get a selection of the questions.
A pandemic. Free agency. Carpenter approached them about the extension. Heck, it's the same thing that Molina and Wainwright did years before. It was Wainwright who approached the Cardinals about going to a one-year deal heavy on incentives for the 2019 season. It was Molina and his representative that went to the Cardinals and tried to get a conversation going on an extension a year before his deal was up and that led to the three-year, $60-million deal he signed on the eve of opening day. The examples you are asking about came after a shortened year, while the team was trying to trade for Arenado, and with two players who had already done the same thing Carpenter did -- just earlier in their careers, at about the same age Carpenter did it.
Bridge. He's something of a setup pitcher in close games, and he'll close out and finish games with bigger leads. He's also getting stretched into a two-inning role, which I find fascinating. One of the reasons is because of what we discussed earlier in the chat -- he needs the innings to get the feel for pitches.
You haven't heard? I'm always, resolutely, relentlessly serious.
I have no idea, honestly. I'm sorry. Too many hypotheticals. I doubt if you asked him, he would even have an answer for you.
Neither of these things appear on the horizon. There's been no indication from either side that this is a destination on their mind.
The next step -- the immediate next step -- is not much playing time for Carpenter. That's what he was talking about. That's what Mozeliak mapped out. That's what we knew. O'Neill was going to return and play a lot. That's less time in the outfield for Edman. That's less time in the lineup for Carpenter. Now they can also look differently at his production because they're not asking him to bat in the middle of the order. He's a bat off the bench. That's the situation that is present, and on the horizon.
He said as much, yes. He questioned whether there was an ability to change after so many years of trying. I asked him if it's up to the coaching staff to offer a menu of possible solutions and if they shared some of the accountability for what has happened -- and Mozeliak absolved them of any of it. He veered back to the player. It was telling.
That's for the fans to decide. It depends on what side of the fan base votes. If it's up to the portion of the fan base that is loudest on Twitter, we have an idea how that will go.
Not necessarily. Nolan Gorman does not have an at-bat above Class A. He does not have an inning at second base in a regular-season game. He has not had consistent at-bats or playing time against the kind if pitchers he'd see in the majors. He's a talented hitter, with a lot of upside, but that takes development, too. He's not coming to the majors to sit on the bench, and he's not the fix at cleanup.
There is always that possibility. The best way to keep a job is to have it.
There is not. Given that he was on the active roster for more than a week with the bruise and he had at-bats during that time, it sure seems like this is a move to get him a stretch of playing time and grip strength back and they won't designate a timetable because it will be based on their need as much as anything.