Cardinals chat: Derrick Goold takes your questions at 11 a.m. Monday

Cardinals chat: Derrick Goold takes your questions at 11 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to a live chat with Derrick Goold at 11 a.m. Monday

  • What does a more expensive Joc Pederson bring you than a Rosario or Dahl? Power and defense that allows the Cards to use him more often?
    And less risk, yes. Dahl has had his career interrupted by injuries that you cannot ignore, and he does have a wide gap in production between Coors and the road, though I recently explored that in a blog that is now posted at StlToday.com. Pederson is just the more certain player, with Rosario on his heels. Certainty has a price.
    Just read your comment on Arozarena. My question is why does the Cardinals evaluation process Always rate The O;Neills, Bader's, and Thomas' over Arozarena's, Phams' whose flaws are magnified and the former group's are disregarded despite multi-failing years? This is the exact same thing that is and will happen when 3rd base actually becomes available
    I think you are assuming facts not entered into evidence. There is no indication that the Cardinals rated Arozarena's ability/upside behind those players. There is ample proof that at the time of his presence in the majors they chose others ahead of him. But as he climbed the system he drew comparisons to Thomas, most notably. Thomas was at Class AAA a year ahead of Arozarena, and Thomas was set to get the at-bats before the injury. The Cardinals saw O'Neill's power ahead of Arozarena (they weren't alone), they saw Bader and Thomas' defense ahead of Arozarena (again, not alone) and made decisions accordingly. 
    Give some credit to the Rays for trading for Arozarena. They also had talked to the Cardinals about Tyler O'Neill. What isn't clear is if the Cardinals had a choice on which outfielder to include in that deal, but it seems in hindsight that the Rays pursued Arozarena, in the same way the Mets preferred O'Neill or Bader to Arozarena, and in the same way that Texas was eager to take Garcia off waivers instead of trading for O'Neill or Arozarena.
    I'm not sure what Pham has to do with this. He was struggling when the Cardinals traded him, and there were ongoing and continued concerns about his vision, as you know. 
    DG I looked up Dahl's away game batting stats and in 2019 they were 254/302/449. Is he worth spending a few million on when you have Justin Williams? Seems like Dahl may be a good hitter at Coors but below average everywhere else.
    Upside mostly. If you see it there with Williams then you should advocate for Williams. He had a strong year when it came to asserting himself on the depth chart. That was a different player at Summer Camp than the one who was in spring training, and all indications are that carried into the camp at Springfield, too.
    Hi Derrick, this past year sorta killed my baseball appetite. I still love the game and the Cardinals but I’m not checking the PD or Trade Rumors 2 or 3 times a day or listening to many podcasts. In past years, I would have my spring training travel schedule planned by now. I really don’t have much of a desire to attend games next year. Have you heard from others like me? On the plus side, I’m a lot more productive at work!
  • The pandemic, the stress of the year, and the loss of loved ones has taken a toll on all of our appetites entertainment and both the time and money we have to give to them.
  • So proud of Adam Wainwright. People take shots at the Cardinal organization (guilty), but there is a reason more Cardinals have won the Clemente Award than any other team. Character counts!
    Now, sign him,!!!!!!!
  • He told us he's waiting by the phone, and teams have his number.
    DG, IF the Cards could land Lindor for say Edman and a OFer not named Dylan, Would you? Then move Dejong to 2B you still get his SLG and salary at a good point from 2B.
    They cannot get that deal done. Not like that. That won't do it. Cleveland would command more, and should, or just take the draft pick as compensation.
    DG, what are the chances of fans like myself, attending a game IN PERSON this summer? I miss the ballpark, even if I don’t agree with some of the moves the front office makes.
    Tell me how the virus goes, how our communities continue to try and actively and selflessly try to abate its spread, and how willing people are to get vaccines and I'll tell you if you can get into a baseball game. One way to get closer to being at a baseball game this coming summer, is to wear a mask in public this winter and into spring. That seems to be an agreed-upon measure that we can all do to get us closer to being at the ballpark together.
    When you cover a road series, what are you top 3 cities (outside of the NL central) to visit, and why?
    There is something I like about every city that I get to visit -- whether it's the sites to see, the bookstores to visit, or, mostly, the friends to spend time with. I'll give you some general thoughts on a few places.
    I adore New York City, and any visit there is always a welcome one.
    I welcome the fact that in normal years I get a trip to Denver, which is close to where I grew up and a place that means a lot to me, as many people know.
    Every time I visit Los Angeles I like it more than I did the previous time.
    And a sleeper great place to visit for walking, activities, places to see, small shops to discover, and food to enjoy ... Pittsburgh. There's more than a beautiful park going on there. In Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, there are lessons that STL could learn about downtown becoming a draw.
    A story well worth delaying that chat for. I would count the Roberto Clemente award as the most prestigious award to be selected for in baseball.
  • I would, too. What Vera Clemente did to expand and define what it means to leave a legacy as a baseball player is amazing, and should be cherished by all who have won that award -- or had a chance to meet her.
  • Do the Cardinals believe their internal prospects, Gorman, Monterro, Carlson, maybe still Lane Thomas, Jhon Torres and Herrera can create the high powered line up we all crave by 2023?
    They like their odds that a few of them will. Most fans would rather not wait that long. I'm glad you included Torres in that list. Rising talent to watch, for sure. Not quite fair to include Herrera as part of the power conversation. He's got a good bat for the position. Some of those other prospects need to have a good bat for the lineup.
    Hi Derrick, Are you writing any new books and what about one on the print media coverage of the Cardinals
    At this time, I am not. I have another project that I have been working on for a few years, and have really been intimidated by, and want to spend some time with it. But I haven't had that chance. The paper takes priority. Writing for that print media coverage and being apart of it fills too many hours to write anything like a book about it, and I'm not sure how many people are craving an inside baseball writing book! Thanks for asking, but the keeping ahead of the assignments and keeping up with the expectations of constant contend for the newspaper are enough at this point.
    As we stand here on December 7th, 2020, what odds would you place on a work stoppage in 2022?
    I was curious, I didn't understand how you meant the Cardinals were one pitching decisioni from back to back pennants in 2013-14. Matheny made a bad decision in putting Wacha in (I assume that's the decision you referenced), but the Cardinals were down three games to one when that decision was made. Even with a win in that game, still an uphill climb for the Birds. I don't mean this sarcastically, I'm just asking and wondering if I'm missing something. Tone is hard to convey while typing.
    It's a fair point. I was being a little too sarcastic -- glib? -- and that doesn't always come across in the chat. The more appropriate example would have been in 2012, when the Cardinals got the NLCS to a Game 7 and were shutout, of course, but had a chance to win that series earlier before Barry Zito's big start. So they had the lead in the series, lost the final two games, and thus were closer to 2011-2012-2013 hat trick of pennants. That was the example I should have given. I apologies. I just get hung up on that pitching change in San Francisco. Quite a moment. But it wasn't the rain falling clincher that happened in 2012.
    What happens if Carp bounces back next year and approaches the number of plate appearances he needs to get another year? Will Mo still DFA him?
  • No. That wouldn't make any sense. I don't know what some people think a DFA is. But when a player performs and is coming to the end of a contract, there is no need to DFA a player. The team can just let his contract run out and move on. The DFA means removing a player from the 40-man roster for the purposes of clearing a spot and jettisoning a player that is no longer a part of the plans.
    An earlier comment was made about Beltran being one of the few to actually pay a price for the Astros' cheating. But the active players received almost NO PUNISHMENT. This why I hate the players assocation. Do you think there the owners will push for a change in the next agreement so the players will be accountable in the future?
    No. I cannot see that happening. The union is strong. And owners have other concerns.
    Thanks for clarifying on the pennant comment, and you're right, I didn't even think of that. They were pretty close to 3 in a row. Pretty rare feat.
    Indeed. And they got there with the run-prevention backbone that we now see is their bread and butter, if I can mix my metaphors.
    Teams has his number? Any word from Waino that he would give the Cardinals a chance to match a offer he likes from another team?
    He has said that he will hear no from them before he moves on. I don't know if that means he'll give them a chance to match, but he will make sure they want to offer or not before he looks elsewhere.
    First thanks for the great chats you host and all your insight.
    Here’s my question. So obviously finances are “tight” or going to be perceived that way. The front office says the cardinals are a team that relay very heavily on fans, spending on tickets and merchandise etc. Why not go out and show fans the dedication they have. Spend wisely to improve the team, infuse a little excitement after a year where fans didn’t get the cardinals experience. I think they should move and resign Yadi to 2 years quickly, resign Wainwright to 1 year incentive laden deal. Then my opinion for how to infuse excitement if make the trade for Arenado. Trade Knizer, outfielder, pitcher, Gorman or Montero. That gives us a great bat and glove to pair with Goldy on opposite corners. Make the trade, get him to wave his opt-out and then make a signing for outfield, maybe Dahl or Renfroe, a lefty that’s not a terrible defender. Of course if we could throw in Fowler or Carpenter all the better to offset the money. The cards can afford this year and then next year have relief. Just my opinion after reading all the discussions about Rolen getting in Hall. Let’s get another key third basemen
    There is probably an element of the Cardinals organization that would entertain these moves -- and wish that they were this easy to pull off. The Arenado deal is just -- again -- hard to see how to pull it off. To get him to waive his opt-out, a team needs to get permission from Colorado to have that talk. Colorado will waive that but then ask for more to make the deal happen because of the known years of control. Teams don't want to take on that heavy of a salary. That Cardinals did not want to add a $30m salary to the payroll -- and that was before the pandemic. That was their stance 12 months ago, you'll recall. 
    There is something to your initial point though that remains to be seen and it is something that a team like the Cardinals must recognize -- that what they do now to invite fans back will be a big part in bringing those fans back to finance what's head.
    Cardinals do tie their payroll to ticket sales. Have for a long time. They get 3.4 million tickets sold and fans through the turnstiles, and that allows them to operate beyond the size of their market. The TV deal is another part of that. It is larger than what other markets their size would get because of the number of fans they have to tune in. Broadcast deals are largely based on subscriptions -- and that is a measure, in some way, of population -- and St. Louis is down in that regard, but the Cardinals could still command $1.2 billion and a share of the business because of the devotion of their fans. They are able to spend beyond their market size because their fans make that possible.
    Now would be chance to return that faith, and that's a fair point.
    They haven't made any moves. They also haven't not made any moves. So this winter is still there for the taking, and we'll see what they do.
  • On the Carp question, what I meant was that Carp was approaching the number needed to get another year renewal—isn’t that in his contract? That if he gets a certain number of plate appearances in 2021 to be extended automatically in 2022. Would they DFA him before he reaches that magic number so they don’t have to pay him in 2022? Does that make sense?
    They didn't do that with Andrew Miller. Why would they do that with Matt Carpenter and possibly invite a grievance and a whole mess of problems -- when he's performing. That is a bottom line. They pay him to perform. If he's doing that why risk upending the team's success and also inviting that grievance with such a move? I don't understand. I'm sorry.
    Re: work stoppage. Did the two sides not see how much the general public despised their spat/hissyfit/whatever you want to call it from this season? And I would say there was at least a small amount of grace extended by fans while they tried to figure out Pandemic Baseball, or at least to start everything. So infuriating how Baseball gets in the way of baseball wayyy to often. (related - as a fan, is there anything Rob Manfred has done that I can point to, to say yeah, he helped baseball there?) If MLB work stops, does that also stop MiLB? Because I'll just take all of my money to the local A-ball team if the major leagues majorly screw this up.
    They did. Did you see how much they cared? That should tell you something. A work stoppage would be for the 40-man players, and there would be some development that would continue with players not represented by the union and thus not covered by the CBA.
    You're going to have a harder time finding that local Class A team.
    There are going to be fewer of them as baseball shrinks its footprint and pulls out of some areas where grassroots baseball is the only baseball and some areas where both fans and future players are nurtured because of their access to minor-league baseball.
    What a time to be alive.
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