Bill DeWitt Jr., doesn't like being mediocre, let alone bad, and he won't let his team regress to the latter. Now, will he spend as much money as new Mets owner Steve Cohen promises to this off-season? Probably not. But Cohen is playing the game with a fresh deck of cards, so to speak. .
It would make a ifference if a reliable vaccine is found before next season. I think, though, that many people are still going to be reluctant about being involved in crowded situations, so I think the day of those regular full houses at Busch are gone for a while. I hope fans can get in. I don't know how many it would take to make a significant impact.
Perhaps the Cardinals' Kim could offer up a scouting report on the infielder that could intrigue the front office. Wong will not be replaced easily. As far as Robert, the White Sox apparently made him a better deal. That does happen.
Thanks very much. I see more trades perhaps than big free-agent signings although there are going to be so many free agents out there, there will be a lot of short-term deals for second-tier players and prospective salaries are going to be lower than one might expect. There will be another dump of free agents by Dec 2, by which teams have to offer contracts for next season.
If you're talking about tomorrow's lineup today, my guess is Molina, Edman (second base), Carpenter, O'Neill, Carlson and Fowler. But that isn't necessarily going to be the case next April.
Possibly, at the end of next season, Gorman might be in the majors but more realistically, 2022.
I really don't think the Cardinals are going to adopt that philosophy when they don't have any idea how much money will be coming in.
The upshot of the DH is that a player of that ilk still might able to hang around another year or two. I do miss those world-class pinch hitters, though, because opposing managers would manage to try to stay away from them.
I guess John Gant would be a possibility although he might have some trade value, besides his fairly obvious value to the Cardinals. I would be surprised if relieverJohn Brebbia, who missed the season after elbow surgery, was offered a contract.
And it might provide for a few hundred or so lawsuits.
Sure, it's like anybody else in any other endeavor. "Can you keep a secret?" How many times have you been asked that in your life? When this happens in the baseball industry, you generally tell the one who provided the "scoop," that you will protect the integrity of that discussion, but if that pertinent information arises elsewhere, all bets and promises are off.
Pederson would have some appeal to the Cardinals in any case because he is not a bad fielder. Most of the DHs these days, Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion excluded, actually can play a position, too. The DH role, even by American League teams, often is filled by giving a position player a day off from the field.
You've pretty well covered it here. I think Junior Fernandez still belongs in that group of pitchers.
With Carpenter, you're paying him whether you have him on your club or not. He still can help you as a backup player at three positions and possibly as a platoon third baseman/DH. Wong and Edman did provide a good defensive combo at second and third but the Cardinals, in part, because of Carpenter's $18.5 million contract, needed to save somewhere and Wong was the victim.
Everybody talks about "the big bat." That's what they do at this time of the year. But, in truth, the Cardinals do not have much gun powder this year to go big-game hunting. That doesn't mean they won't bring in players from a tier below.
The Central Division is not going to be that hard in which to compete in 2021. The Cubs won't be as good. The Brewers won't be as good. The Reds won't be as good. And maybe not the Cardinals either but they shouldn't be bad. No need to rebuild, as it were.
I assume you're referring to Hudson, who will be out for the season with Tommy John elbow surgery. But, the coronavirus willing, I would expect to see Jordan Hicks at the start of training camp as well as Miles Mikolas.
The Cardinals were not exactly overmatched this year. They lost two games out of three, not two in succession, in the playoffs in what was a challenging season as they were almost constantly besieged by the virus. And, the year before, they went to the NLCS and, yes, were overmatched by Washington's pitching--as was everybody else in the tournament. That Cardinals team was not mediocre. You may choose to throw in the towel or not but it isn't as if we're dealing with a perennial second-division club here.
The Cardinals are not a publicly held business. They are a private one. They are not required to divulge anything more than you read, that's just the way it is.
You're welcome. Thomas will get looks at a lot of different places as the jury still is out of him--because of a broken bone in 2019 and COVID this year.