Cardinals chat: Derrick Goold takes your Cardinals questions at 1 p.m. Monday

Cardinals chat: Derrick Goold takes your Cardinals questions at 1 p.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to a live chat with Derrick Goold at 1 p.m. Monday

    Entirely. The return of production has not matched the expectations. That is as referendum on the Cardinals ability to get the most from players at the major-league level in addition to identifying the players who will perform there.
    No matter what the Cardinals do in the offseason there will be very angry fans. There’s no satisfying these people sometimes. I’m not pretending they don’t need help offensively, but it just amazes me how angry people are. They forget about the Goldy trade completely when they argue that Cardinals are cheapskates. I dunno, I guess I’m venting frustration in the frustration haha
    There are people who agree with you, Jerry. But the chat and Twitter and anything invites the dissatisfied. That was the case with Letters to the Editors, and that's the case now with easier access and less filter, and that's understandable. Rarely is the contented moved to comment because they are content.
  • Do you think the Cards have the motto of "get in and anything can happen" towards the playoffs because that's exactly what happened in '06 & '11? Would it be a different attitude if they would have won it with more dominant teams from start to finish in "04 & '13 instead? Thanks
    No more so than the Cubs do or the Dodgers have learned to or the Mets are having now, or the Nationals had in 2019. This is a pretty standard view throughout baseball because of the randomness of the postseason that has been invited by more rounds and, there briefly, by the one-game play-in that was really random. This approach was first/best articulated to me back in 2004 by an executive that was describing how he built the current roster and how much randomness they had already experienced in the postseason, thus confirming the they could only do so much to prep a roster for the playoffs, so it was better to use the regular-season as the measure and "get in and see what happens." It's almost an exact quote. I believe he also used the term crapshoot. 
    That executive?
    Theo Epstein.
    Do you know what the Cardinals want to spend in payroll this year?
    Less. The exact number I don't know because various officials with the team have asserted there isn't one. There isn't a precise target, and they haven't really operated with one in the past, with the exception of the hard out before the luxury tax. They just want to spend less.
    thank you for the chats. sorry if this has been asked before but with the lack of interest in kim who was signed by the Padres, does this mean the cardinal;s are banking on getting Arenado? would an offer of gormaan, carp, o'neal, fowler and ponce get it done
    No. Not at all. These are unrelated topics, discussions, way different -- with one exception. The spending. The Cardinals engaged on Kim on the off chance he was going to come over for a deal like Mikolas got. He wasn't. They were out. He was going to get more years and more money from elsewhere. I don't see any connection to Arenado, because the Cardinals' aren't banking on a deal they've described as unlikely or impossible happening. Again, the dollars and years and opt out haven't changed, and Colorado is still big on asking for a lot.
    The Cardinals wouldn't make that offer, and the Rockies wouldn't want that offer. It doesn't get either team where they would want to go with the trade.
    Dahl and Schwarber signed for $13 million combined. Would that figure be too much for fans to expect the club to spend affer Yadi, Waino, and possibly Wong signings?
    Those three would cost more than those two, on guaranteed dollars. Much more.
    I am going to push back on the theory that there will always be discontent in chats. I think the Blues chats are much more focused on personnel decisions and line combinations. Ask JT or TomTimm.
  • These questions are about personnel decisions and lineup combinations. I guess I'm not sure what you're referencing. 
    Also, the Blues won a title in 2019.
    The Cardinals last won a title in 2011.
    The last few years have been a long decade.
  • Thanks for the payroll info. I thought at one point I read that they had a target in past years that they didn’t want to exceed.
  • The luxury tax, most likely, is what you're saying.
  • In an article talking about DJ LeMahieu's apparent frustration with the Yankees, he's allegedly asked his agent to re-engage with previously interested teams. The Cardinals were mentioned as a previously interested team. Anything to make of this, or is this just "it's January and there's nothing to talk about" fodder?
    Outlined in detail what I know of that situation earlier in the chat -- right at the start.
    Bama or The Ohio State tonight?
    Which one does Nick Saban coach? That one.
    Hi Derrick - first time/long time as they say here. I was wondering if you think Randy Arozarena’s faux pas by posting the clubhouse video he took on social media weighed in the decision to trade him. I believe it must have had a significant consideration. Besides Tampa’s interest and the desire to thin out the glut of outfielders going forward, I just don’t understand how it wasn’t obvious to everyone that between his minor league record, his 5 tool skillset, his limited impressive major league showing and the eye test that he wasn’t head and shoulders over the usual gang of AAAA suspects (Thomas, Bader, O’Neill, Williams, etc).
    Thanks for joining the chat.
    Re: Arozarena and his social media posting. Nope. Not at all, no. There is no evidence that it contributed to the trade -- starting with the fact that it came months before the trade and that the Cardinals had aggressively shopped other outfielders ahead of Arozarena and also chosen to keep Arozarena ahead of trading for some available outfielders. Throughout the early part of December, they had teams asking about Arozarena, they had moves they wanted to make for outfielders (several, as it turns out), and they kept him, and they kept him. He wasn't even the centerpiece of that deal. The Rays wanted Jose Martinez. The Cardinals had been looking to trade Martinez to an AL team. The Cardinals had also had their eyes on lefty prospects, top tier leading lefty pitching prospects. Enter Liberatore. Cardinals knew Rays had previous interest in Martinez, and Rays new Cardinals were always looking for lefties (see: Cabrera, Genesis). Throw in the fact that the first description of the trade was that Tyler O'Neill was involved because the Rays had at least discussed him, and where is the evidence of the Cardinals actively trying to move Arozarena. There isn't. Then we add the fact that Shildt and he had a long talk after that took place, and that Shildt was clear to say it was over moving on, not his fault, wasn't aware of what he was doing, and so on ... 
    All of the facts line up against the more-dramatic, conspiratorial legend. And yet the legend persists.
  • Gaylord Perry the biggest cheating pitcher of all time and is in the Hall Fame. He even wrote a book about his cheating.
    So why do people voting for the players to go or not go into the Hall have a problem voting players that cheat have cheated after Gaylord Perry was voted into the Hall?
    I guess because they want us to do something like, oh, learn from previous mistakes or evolve, in the same way we we don't do a lot of things the same in 2000s that we did in the 1980s. We don't want to be held to the standards set when we weren't around, or when they didn't have as much info as we do now.
    I don't vote based on baseball card stats because I don't only have access to baseball card starts like they had in the 1940s.
    What are today’s chances of resigning both Yadi and Waino!?
    Currently the same as they were a week ago. Eager to find evidence that the needle is moving.
    Doug Pederson got fired today for laying down and not letting the Giants in the playoffs, if the Cards were eliminated and layed down the last 10 games & on the last day eliminating the Cubs by letting the Reds win and getting us a better draft pick wouldn't that be celebrated?
    No. It would be widely criticized and ridiculed.
    After a quick check, Benintendi's girlfriend is from the STL area and he moved in the area after he was drafted and left Arkansas
    Correct. Andrew Benintendi has some ties to St. Louis, and that includes the offseasons spent here with Tate Matheny. They are good friends. Benintendi has called St. Louis is offseason residence before.
    do you think the next cardinals manager is a member of the organization right now? or do you think they'll go for an outside voice? (obviously so much depends on how things play out with schildt)
  • They aren't actively looking, and there is a lot that can change in the years between now and their next manager search. That's the team's hope. I guess I don't really understand the timing of this question. If you're wondering whether the Cardinals have a manager "prospect" in the pipeline, that's an interesting question and there's Marmol, obviously, and he could get that chance with another organization. They'd have to look at Skip Schumaker as a future manager with Cardinals ties. But this is just not at all on the front burner for them.
  • DG -- Always appreciate your patient, honest, insightful and often entertaining chats. Thinking about baseball is a nice refuge in these turbulent times. What a value for the price of a subscription! Keep up the great work!
    Thank you for saying so. Usually, I'm one to try and tackle any and all questions asked in the chat, but I get the sense that people may just want answers about the Cardinals and baseball today. So, I've chosen questions accordingly.
    I have also deleted any and all questions that have vulgarities or caustic overtones, or are rooted in fiction or use wrong and charged language.
    I hope people understand.
    Why do some fans think the front office has 100% control over bringing Molina and Wainwright back? If Molina wanted a two year contract for $10 million he’d be here already . That would be silly on his part as he needs to let the market play out in order to get the best deal. Just sayin, it takes two.
    It does, it does. It's quite clear what Wainwright would like to aim for, and so that deal could be done -- but you're right he's got to see if he can get it elsewhere, too. That is definitely the place they're at with Molina. And there's no game tomorrow so neither side has a whole lot of urgency, just a lot of interest in making the most of finding leverage.
    Hi Derek, I submitted a question a couple of hours ago but haven’t seen it yet so I’m submitting it again:
    Great work DG! Can you explain to me why MLB is telling teams if they can fans or not? Why wouldn’t it be like the NFL and College Football where the city, county and state health officials tell teams how many fans they can have?
    It is exactly like you suggest with the other teams. It starts with the local city and state and the officials there. Perhaps what you're suggesting is that MLB adopted a blanket policy this past year that said no fans -- and that was done for a couple of reasons:
    1) To create a level playing field for all teams until they could sort out the finances of some teams selling tickets and some teams not selling tickets.
    2) The legal aspect, as MLB didn't want to be liable for a superspreader event. You can understand why a business wouldn't want to put itself in jeopardy of such a thing.
    3) More information. When baseball launched on its plan to have teams play at home, in their ballparks, there was a lot of unknowns about the virus itself. There wasn't a vaccine on the horizon. Heck, we were still all talking about flattening the curve, and Major League Baseball made a conservative call based on the information they had the time and they could apply to all teams at that moment. They wanted to be conservative. 
    Now, they're starting to change. More information. More understanding. More time to come up how they're going to handle 20,000 tickets sold at a Rangers game vs. 11,000 at a Cardinals game vs. zero at a Diamondbacks game, or however the various places work out what they can and cannot do based on the virus in their area and the policies of local government officials.
    How much does the 2021 team approach to the roster impact the Molina situation? For instance if he has equivalent offers from the Yankees and the Cardinals, does the roster composition for the Yankees give them an edge since, on paper, they have a better chance of winning a championship? Molina wants to win, would he sign on again for the familiarity knowing that the Cards are taking a slow cautious approach to the offseason?
    It would make sense that he'd take that into account, and also to make taking that into account part of his leverage to get a better offer. To Molina's credit, he has not given any indication that he doesn't want to return to the Cardinals, if the Cardinals make an offer he feels is adequate and competitive. He has had his agent go back to the Cardinals multiple times, and he's had recent interviews and opportunities to say, nope, moving on from the Cardinals, or even say that he'd like to see them do something more competitive to improve the team. He hasn't. Not publicly. And he hasn't shied from using his social media make such statements, or interviews. He has been consistent it his wish to the return to the Cardinals.
  • If the Cardinals don't feel they can resign Jack Flaherty and can't get him to do a long Tatis rumored type deal buying out his last ~3ish years of arbitration do you see them trading him or letting him go to free agency. I feel like he is our best chance of building long term success but if he doesn't want to be here our best chance of building long term success in other ways...
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