The Cardinals will entertain any legitimate offer for Martinez although Andujar, partly because of a right shoulder injury, has done nothing for the Yankees the past two seasons. He had a big power year in 2018 but is a defensive liability at third or in the outfield and you might want to know if the National League is going to have a DH before you invest in him. But there's some food for thought here and Andujar is under club control for several more years.
The rub here is that you have to be almost 100 percent sure you can re-sign a player like Lindor before you give up several young players and pay him more than $20 million a year next season. If you're not sure of that, you wait and try to sign him, like anybody else, in 2022 when the Cardinals should have much more money with which to operate.
Depending on whether the Cardinals have to trade pitching--Ponce de Leon, Gomber, Martinez, etc., to get what they want offensively, Woodford could get a shot at the rotation. I'm not sure he's seen as a high-value guy in a trade just yet because he hasn't really accomplished anything yet and he is not a flamethrower.
That is a measured consideration by you of the elements at play here. I suspect many fans do not share your patience but I do think there is reason to display at least some patience right now until we see what the potential rules and playing conditions are.
It behooved MLB to have made this decision already. Surely, by the start of the winter meetings (virtual ones, mind you) in early December, we will have a determination.
This does not happen at all, whether Wong is with the Cardinals or not, but especially if he's not.
For one, Molina will cost you only one or two years most. Realmuto will get five or six at many more dollars per year. For next year, assuming some fans are allowed back in the park, the Cardinals would do well to give the fans what they want--Molina and Wainwright--and then to try to fix up as much of the rest of the club as they can.
Edmundo Sosa, whose chances to play were diminished by his bout with COVID-19 this past season, figures as the main utility man in the infield so far. I would like to see what he can do. He has power, speed and can play three positions.
Thanks. Hope all is well with you and your family, too. I do not foresee dramatic change but I do foresee change, enough so that this team could contend again in what promises to be a much weaker division than this past season.
A fine question but nothing under my hat. At this point, teams are exploring all options, not necessarily knowing what their options are, financially and rules-wise, for exploring those options. Hang on until December.
The Cardinals would give up any of the four you mentioned, but would be less inclined to trade Oviedo and Gomber. Young pitching, Martinez and an extra outfielder or two is about all they have to offer.
A lot of teams will make short-term deals this off-season until the industry's economy is righted. Lindor conversations always talk place but there is a heavy price before you do something like that.
This is a situation where you have go with your heart, as much as feasible. It isn't as if you're locked into five more years of either player. Let the fans, hopefully, see them play at least somewhere close to an elite level for another year anyway. This would not be a charity sign really. Wainwright was the Cardinals' best starter in 2020 and Molina was respectable while playing hurt and after battling the virus.
The last statement is open to interpretation, of course. But even he is allowed to have a little free time, isn't he? Maybe he belongs to the golf club. Most of the spectators were either club members, workers or family members of the players.
"Lost season," needs some interpretation. Financially, yes. From an artistic standpoint, as boring as the Cardinals often seemed, they did make the playoffs. But I would be all right with them deferring any major investments until the season after next when you should have fans and certainly will have some unwieldly contracts off the books.
I don't know how to define "driving" here, but those two things don't happen without Bill DeWitt Jr., signing off on those deals.
I trust that many models, of season-ticket packages and those of smaller groups of tickets, are being discussed, but that there will be some bargains available somewhere in the mix.
The Cardinals must do more than re-sign Molina and Wainwright to fix their offense although I'm sure Wainwright thinks he can help that part if the DH is shelved for a year. They have to have some more offense. Wieters isn't likely to be back. If Molina is here, Knizner is the backup. If Molina is not here, a veteran who could play regularly, would be brought in to contend with Knizner for the No. 1 job.