I would think the words are "contend for a title." What do you want me to say here? The Cardinals need to get better to again contend for a title. I presume they will try to do so and, at this writing, I think they have the best potential team in the division. But they have a ways to go before they can be as good as this year's Dodgers and this off-season may not offer them that much opportunity to do so. The Pirates spoke not a word of contending by the way.
Maybe. It's Oct. 26, keep in mind.
I think you are wrong. Bill DeWitt Jr., definitely wants to win another World Series or at least a pennant. Let's not forget the Cardinals played (briefly) in the league championship series a year ago and 26 other teams didn't get as far. This is not a last-place club we're talking about. Granted, the playoff field was a little diluted this year but at least the Cardinals participated. Could they take this same club into another season? Of course not. And they won't. How the club will change remains to be seen but there will be change. Sweeping changes? Not the right time for that.
Muncy's throw looked something like a changeup and Smith appeared to grasp at it almost too quickly. Once center fielder Taylor booted the ball, all the infielders were scattered all over the field and it was like a fire drill--for the runners, too.
And thank you. These are all considerations. My opinion? I don't think the fans are going to go for a club without Molina and Wong, no matter how big the size of the bat you bring in.
Bryant would have fit right in, with his .206 average and .644 OPS.
There wasn't a pandemic when the Cardinals extended Carpenter. People seem to forget the times we're living in. Nothing is the same anymore.
Players have to sacrifice some ego and bunt for a hit once in a while when it's being given to them. Not with people on base, of course, but to get on base.
Because he is not as good an outfielder as the other ones they have, which is how the Cardinals judged Arozarena. However, they did misjudge his hitting potential.
I would like to think that anybody who could hit 30 homers in his last full season and average 25 for his first three seasons while playing his home games at Busch ought to be able to hit fifth in the big leagues.
The Rangers might. Do they really want Carlos and his $11 million?
I don't think you would get a value-for-value return for Martinez because everybody can see he's been compromised/inconsistent for the past three seasons. O'Neill clearly has the most upside for me. He can be a 30-homer guy if he can put the ball in play a little more.
They actually traded for O'Neill rather than drafted him. I think they would love to have more contact hitters but nobody seems to play that way any more.
The Yankees or the White Sox could use a good veteran receiver.
I would think DeJong will be more of a threat next season and you'd have Carlson for a whole year. The Cardinals may be able to afford one of the types of player of which you speak, if there is even a DH--which we don't know yet. .
The front office and manager should be open to any ideas that will mean more runs.
There has to be something of value either ahead of or behind Goldschmidt to accentuate his value in the lineup. ASAP.
I would re-sign Miller for the right price. He made only the pro-rated portion of $2 million this year and he provides lefthanded thump. ButI thought he was over-used.
I don't see any of those players you mentioned as a regular in the major leagues--at least not next season. Montero, maybe someday.
Let's not forget that the Cardinals played in three consecutive championship series and one World Series in the first three years after La Russa left. So, Mo must have been on point, a little bit, in that time. Part of an executive's job is to focus on the future. All of a manger's job is to focus on the present. I don't think La Russa's absence had much, if anything, to do with the past nine years.
Maybe Curt Flood. Quietly catching everything hit to center field, hitting .300 and letting Lou Brock steal bases ahead of him.