We're not talking big free agents here probably. Joc Pederson looks a little more appealing off his good postseason performance. He strikes me as strictly a platoon player but that might work with somebody like Tyler O'Neill as a complement. Pederson wasn't any better than O'Neill during the season but has looked good in October. It's hard to characterize the odds of these signings because Molina and Wainwright can choose to stay and the Cardinals can choose to have Wong stay unless they turn his option into a multi-year deal. I'll go as far as to say there's a better than 50-50 chance of resigning Wainwright and Molina and 50-50 on Wong. To me, there's only two percentages involved here. Zero or 100.
I'm not a big fan of WAR other than I don't like them. Goldschmidt certainly wasn't the consistent RBI force he has been for much of his career but sometimes he didn't have much to drive in. I thought he had a decent year offensively and an excellent one defensively. "Decent" probably isn't what they had in mind on offense, though.
You'd like to think all of baseball, not just the local franchise, is looking at the Tampa Bay model. Compare the Dodgers and Rays. How many Tampa Bay players would be starting for the Dodgers? Lowe at second base, maybe. Arozarena, in left field, for this month anyway. And that's about it. But here the Rays are two wins from the World Series title.
You might have to define "affordable price." He's been out there all year and nobody chose to hook up with him. Hard to lay out a year and come back at the same level but I guess you have to ask about him.
Adolis Garcia, come on down. Oh. . . wait. These fellow Cubans used to be teammates at Memphis. Maybe if Garcia, after falling down, had retreated to third on that fateful September night against the Brewers instead of running into a sure out, that outcome might have been different, too.
I haven't heard of anything brewing in Korea or Japan but Oh, Mikolas and Kim all have proven to be more serviceable so that pipeline, I presume, remains open, the virus permitting.
The Cardinals will have a different power bat in the outfield although it may not be one of Hall of Fame caliber because they don't have a lot to spend on free agents. This bat may have to come through trade. I think their chances of re-signing Molina would be good if they extend a two-year deal. Not as good with a one-year deal, unless a good option for Year Two was tacked on. I would expect Knizner to be the backup next season and not traded. You don't really want to trade catchers and young Herrera is a couple of years away from being ready.
Any team that had the September-October version of Arozarena would have been a candidate to go all the way. That's how good he's been.
Michael Brantley, a decent outfielder and a good lefthanded hitter, is an attractive option but he's more attractive to National League teams if the DH is back in play next season. He is not an everyday outfielder anymore. The Cardinals will look at trade options for most of their players but I wouldn't mind keeping O'Neill as a backup. He has power, which you've seen. He has speed. And he might have a Gold Glove next week. CMart, if he stays, should go back to the bullpen, whether that is his preference or not. That's the only place he has been helpful in the past three seasons.
Voit had a couple of shots here, though they were limited and he was in the minors when the trade was made with the Yankees, who also sent him to the minors for a while. If you've been watching both players defensively, you can see that their best position is DH. Even Arozarena has played only about half the games in the field this month. The National League did not know it was going to have a DH this soon. The Cardinals liked several outfielders better than Arozarena defensively and for good reason. That said, both he and Voit can hit and hit with power--two areas in which the Cardinals are lacking sorely. And, yes, I'm sure the Cardinals are reviewing how they evaluate talent, which likely is a process every year.
Kershaw has a stunningly good 2.43 career ERA and has won five ERA titles and three strikeout crowns. His 175 victories may seem modest but he has lost just 76, putting him 99 over .500. He may not be first ballot Hall of Famer, but he is only 32 right now and has years ahead to get to 200 wins and well beyond. Waino's numbers aren't quite as good but, really, nobody's are, except perhaps Verlander among veteran pitchers.
That's a little early. The free agent filing period may not even start until Thursday, if the Series goes seven games.
You're welcome. The front office and the talent evaluating process will undergo a thorough review. This isn't exactly the time to blow it up but the Cardinals have to make some better choices on some of the young players they've dealt away.
The 'A' word in these chats used to be Arenado.
Usually, the Gold Glove voting by coaches and managers accounts for half the process with defensive analytics accounting for the other half. Owing to the truncated schedule this past season, in which you saw only four of the 14 other teams in your league, the voting part of it was scrubbed.
Given the constant change in talent and the fact that the Cardinals used many more than 40 players this season, I haven't got a real handle on which prospects they have to protect yet, because, even though there was no minor league season, do the players get credit for a season because they were paid and thus accrue minor league time? Generally, after three years, a player has to be protected if you want to protect him.
Maybe the trade route is better, given that the Cardinals' ability to spend money might be compromised after lack of revenue this past season.
You truly can't judge the Arozarena trade until you see lefthander Liberatore in the majors in the next year or so. If I knew there would be a DH in the National League, I might have been inclined to hang onto Voit, although the Cardinals do have a good reliever in Gallegos to show for the deal with the Yankees.. But the one that has turned out the worst for the Cardinals has been the Gonzales deal with Seattle. Marco has become one of the best lefthanders in the AL and O'Neill may be a spare part.