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

    There is nothing wrong with keeping talent while you can, and then letting a player go via free agency. That is an approach that works, believe it or not. Especially when it comes to pitching. No need to just pass around known, elite talent for hoped-for talent. Keep the known quantity for as long as you can.
    appreciate the answer, question came to mind as I was thinking back on the matheny era, and how we'd always hear how smart schildt is and how great a job stubby clapp is doing. and in the early schildt years, we haven't heard that much buzz about the other managers and coaches in the pipeline, which I guess makes sense when the front office and fan base are still in that honeymoon period with schildt.
    It also makes sense because the Cardinals hired a lot of them to be either the manager or part of the new manager's staff. It's a young coaching staff, especially when you consider it through the lens of major-league time in the dugout.
    Cardd say they want to give young talent a chance but continue to give bader and fowler at bats. We seen tyler o neil. He hasnt had many post seasons at bats. They need to stick to their words and see what the young guys csn do minus bader and o neil and fowler
    Who does that leave? 
    Dylan Carlson. Lane Thomas. Justin Williams. 
    That's the opening day outfield?
    I asked this question earlier, but may have been lost. Aside from the obvious limitations in payroll, slow market, etc. (well described below), is Joey Gallo a realistic trade target for us? He is the young, LH power hitter that we need to protect Goldy/Carlson, and the Rangers seem poised to sell. Gallo also could be a potential trade and sign target. If a "cost-neutral" package came together (CMart + prospects), isn't this the kind of hitter we are interested in?
    First, the Texas Rangers are clearly moving their window to contend back a few years, so what would be the reason they'd have for acquiring Carlos Martinez? An expensive placeholder for the rotation in a year when they can get someone cheaper to handle the same innings and make them just as good, no? That's not how such a deal would work, unless the prospects are bonkers good. And why not just keep them all? When it comes to Joey Gallo -- he brings the name, the known power, but there is a part of the Cardinals that continue to suggest that they either have that guy or someone like him at better value, or they could aim for more of a sure thing when it comes to spending prospects. Or just spend dollars on the lottery ticket. There is definitely something to the name-brand power that Gallo brings, and he's a solid defender. That .986 OPS from 2019 would really help the Cardinals, but is he that or closer to the .820ish career OPS. I will say this with Gallo, the questions in this chat are getting closer to the bar the Cardinals were seeking -- that .850 OPS.
    Derrick, Thanks for the chats. With the Winter Warmup moved virtual and somehow actually more expensive- Do you see the team losing some of the goodwill and positive press coverage? There is a lot of talk online of the team being cheap. While the payroll over the years shows high payroll compared to all but the Largest Market teams. I think the WWU could make things worse PR wise.
  • I don't know. Could be entirely different audiences, honestly. Probably is a completely different audience. I have never seen a player face the criticism in person from fans at Winter WarmUp that he does on Twitter or even in this chat from chatters. I have seen players decline to talk to the media because of the questions they'll face, or there have been times when the player, like Matt Carpenter or Adam Wainwright or even Paul Goldschmidt or other players, have just opened up a vein in the press conference and talked about how they must be better.
    The questions asked at Winter Warmup and the events there -- either on the stage -- don't always line up with the Twitter temp outside.
    They've spent the past two months getting raked in print for not improving the offense. And these chats every Monday aren't exactly setting parade routes for November.
    Thanks for doing these chats. I usually peruse the questions, but this is my first foray into asking a question. Be gentle. Do you think the Cards have considered adding another established pitcher (i.e. Bauer) to cover some of the innings shortages of the younger pitching staff? I know it’s probably cost prohibitive, at this point, but it seems like good insurance. Thanks
    Good question. There's a good argument to be had that the Cardinals should just double-down on what they're good at an suffocate opposing teams' lineups to get their way to a division title. At last check, with several agents and sources around the Cardinals, they have not been "active" on pitchers. The one exception has been Wainwright. There was a word going around that they had made a play for a pitcher and might actually sign him -- but that was erroneous, and there was the repeated description as the Cardinals not "active" on pitchers. They have been at the periphery of many things in this market. Hard to see them in the Bauer market, but if some of the other starters seek one year deals then the Cardinals could rethink and move in, especially if Wainwright has moved on.
    Do you think that covid's impact on the minor league systems will have a big impact to the smaller market clubs that depend on player development for this season and in the near term future as they have missed opportunities to progress? If they expect a player to get 20% better each year under normal circumstances, does that percentage of improvement go drastically down or just gradually with more limited opportunities for playing time?
    Yes. Absolutely. I think the lost season will mean there will be lost prospects from this generation. And the shrinking footprint of the minors and fewer rosters means that there will also be fewer late-bloomers that ever get their chance. Where is the next John Brebbia going to get to go to prove himself and emerge as a big-leaguer with time. There isn't going to be the playing time, roster spots, or patience, and the game will be missing talent, let alone the great stories.
    Thanks for the response on the Gallo question. I absolutely concede the point about CMart's contract and his lack of trade value, unless the prospects were top notch. I mainly used him as a place-holder for some sort of cost-neutral deal that Mo alluded to. However, my interest in Gallo remains, largely for the reasons you mentioned below. Aside from the much-needed 850+ OPS, there's something about the "slugger-factor" that wins fans, not just games. My earliest memories as a baseball fan were the McGuire/Sosa HR races that enamored me with the Cards. Its been a while since we had someone that really slugged (maybe Goldy approaches this, but he's a one-man band right now). Gallo would sell tickets and fill a needed role on the team. Thanks for chatting, as always.
    I'm not so sure Gallo will sell tickets. Did Paul Goldschmidt, perennial MVP candidate? Did Marcell Ozuna? They are both hitters coming off better seasons or having better careers than Gallo, and what needle did they move? 
    Is a slugger going to be the draw that better hitters weren't? 
    I guess that's one premise that would be interesting to explore.
    With Tommy Lasorda's passing this past week, I realized that today's managers don't have the same personality or panache as they used to--even Joe Maddon is tame relative to the hijinks of the Billy Martin/Earl Weaver/Tommy Lasorda/Whitey Herzog eras. Are today's managers more buttoned up just to avoid providing bulletin board material, or is there some other trend in play?
    It's a GM game now. Teams are more conservative. Managers aren't the raconteurs -- not publicly, at least -- that they once were. The front offices have gone Ivy, and the manager positions have gone to managers who are more in line with the front office, less likely to rock the boat or rock the press conference publicly. The shift in personalities in managers meets the shift in personality of the front office. That does not mean that the managers aren't as good, or aren't as funny or charismatic or any of those things. They just are less out there in public, and that's partially because more and more and more the GM is the face-forward of the organization. You've see that evolve locally in St. Louis.
    Thank you for the chat. Why is it that the Cardinals aren’t shopping any pitchers besides Wainwright? Is it the legacy element? It seems like if they are willing to sign Waino, they should be willing to sign other comparable pitchers as well.
    It's the depth of their pitching staff. They recognize the need for offense. They see the depth of their pitching. And, yes, it's Wainwright's tie to the team that makes it different.
    Back to the WWU issue, for someone that lives over 250 miles away, i think it’s fantastic that it is virtual. I purchased tickets for a couple of the events. Helluva a lot cheaper and safer than to make the long drive
    That's good to hear. It could bring in a new audience for sure, and it could be a great way to connect with fans at a time when we all feel so distance, for sure.
    Referring to the lost prospects mentioned previously, how much does that impact teams that rely heavily on player development to fill their rosters in the coming years? They obviously can't afford to go out and add that talent with free agent acquisitions.
    Tremendously. Cleveland, for example. And the Cardinals for sure. The Cardinals have been able to produce strong pitching for many years now, but this was the time that they wanted to mix in some impact position players, too. That's true with Gorman. And they thought they could start nurturing that too with Fletcher getting playing time, Baker advancing, Nunez playing, Montero returning from injury, and so on and so on. They really wanted 2020 to be a season where Gorman asserted his power at Class AA and a handful of these position prospects asserted themselves. Delvin Perez, for example, too. They didn't have games. They didn't get the chance. They didn't get tempered in competition. It's a concern for the Cardinals that they may not get the hoped for rise from prospects who are now all a year older and not a year development better ...
    Derrick,
    What impact do you believe writers have on the Cardinals? To a degree, you influence the tone of the fan base. Do you feel your role carries a burden of responsibility?
    I have no delusions of grandeur. I've covered people in the past who made sure of that, even when questions dismissed from me one day result in a change in approach the next.  So, I do what I can to let fans know what the organization's explanation is, and also to hold them accountable to their brand and their promises.
    I think it's important to help inform the fan base so they can rest their tone on facts, make decisions based on valid information. Not to stoke the fan base in any other way than providing the information they can trust.
    Are they playing winter ball anywhere. Any cardinal players playing?
  • They are, yep. Per usual. And there were many questions who played. This was a list from a few weeks ago, and I'm going to update this in the coming days now that the seasons are coming to a close:

    Carlos Martinez makes winter-ball debut, but it's Cabrera dominating in the Dominican Republic

    STLtoday.comA roundup of Cardinals playing in international winter leagues, including catcher Ortega who is batting .416 in Venezuela. Plus: Prospect rankings unveiled.
    Hi DG and thanks for the great chats as normal. My question is about Lane Thomas. Do you think fans have given up on him too soon? They seem to believe his 2020 is indicative of who he is as a player, even though he had roughly the same number of ABs as he did in 2019 when he tore it up. Seems like people claim 2019 was a small sample size but 2020 shows he isn't very good. What are your thoughts on his potential and where does the organization see him?
    I do think that he is underrated here as a factor, yes. He has an intriguing blend of skills that should play well in the majors, and we have just not seen him get that heathy run. He's got a lot of ways to impact a game. He's an above average center fielder. He has a smart approach in the field, arm strength to match the instincts, speed to take an extra base or steal it, and sneaky power that manifested at Class AAA. There's a lot to like about what he can bring, and now that there is a better understanding of why it seemed like he was playing so tentative last year ... he is overlooked, and shouldn't be.
    Rent, don't buy. Keep your list of league and media contacts current, and don't burn any bridges. Long term loyalty to the organization is a relative term in Chicago.

    Can you think of any other advice we should give David Ross?
    Your second manager job will be better than your first.
    When Fox Sports Midwest was dropped by Dish (who dropped who is debatable) I switched to watching the games via Youtube TV. Now that appears to be gone as well. Assuming there is Cardinal Baseball to watch this year, since I live too far for over the air how would I be able to watch the games?
    Streaming through the MLBTV subscription.
    It seems that a reasonable approach to free agents this year is to offer a lower contact for this year, reasonbly suggesting that "revenues just aren't there," but next year and thereafter are back at 'normal' rates. Does this kind of thinking even exist in MLB?
    It does. Of course it does. Teams would love to do this. But players aren't buying it.
  • If you had to compare the Cards current position against another team, who would it be? I think there's similarities between the Cards and Cleveland, for instance, but we haven't experienced the same kind of sell off. Who do you think is a good analog for comparison?
    Before the Bell trade and then the Schwarber signing, there were a lot of parallels between the Cardinals at the moment and the Nationals. Contenders built around pitching, having already unleashed a young talent or just about to, and also looking for ways to get better but without the clear obvious path to do so within the current payroll. Nats have departed from that comparison.
    Do you see the Cardinals going after a guy like Tommy La Stella? Versatile and probably relatively inexpensive. Also would a trade for Clint Frazier make sense? The yankees liked Carlos Martinez and maybe add in a Lane Thomas or Harrison Bader. Maybe a prospect as well? Thanks for doing these chats!!
    Let's start here and work our way backward: The Cardinals have not hid their interest in trading Carlos Martinez the past few years, and they have engaged with other teams about him at recent trade deadlines and in the offseason, and they have not gotten the offer in return that they desire. This isn't going to change with his health and unknown, his salary where it is, and the uncertainty of his role -- is he a starter, is he a reliever. 
    In this case you're asking if the Yankees will trade a player they have said is a starter for them for players who may not even be a starter for the Cardinals, or them.
    Tommy LaStella makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals, yes.
    They'll understand his market by understanding LeMahieu and they'll understand that by knowing what Wong is getting as far as interest and then eventually offers. And so on. Same with Profar to a certaint extent.
    How much say do MLB managers (and Shildt specifically) have in roster decision making/trades/free agency? In the NFL, for example, head coaches weigh heavily on these things (or sometimes act as primary GM). How does it work in MLB?
    There are 30 teams and 30 different ways that this is handled. Shildt's voice has grown with his success, and his input was greater a year ago then it was in his first offseason, and you can see that by how he's handled talking about Molina and lobbying subtly for another bat to be added to the lineup. You'll find that the manager's voice in the baseball ops is directly connected to his experience, his past success, or his salary when he's hired and the circumstances that led to his hiring. I cannot think of a team that doesn't get some level input from the manager, but I can think of many that looks for consensus within the front office and that may go against the input of the manager.
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