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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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It does. Of course it does. Teams would love to do this. But players aren't buying it.
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.
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.