Gomber got some big starts last year and that might be where he winds up this next season depending on what happens with some other pitchers. The Cardinals are not anxious to trade him as Gomber seems better than he was before he hurt his arm in 2019.
First, Wainwright and Molina aren't going to make $25 million between them next year. Second, when you say the Cardinals are "only" going to spend $10 million more with Wong and Lindor coming in, they aren't going to raise their payroll by that much and trade some valuable young prospects. Now, we'd have to see what the Indians would want for Lindor but unless you are sure you can re-sign Lindor, that is a risky move to make this off-season.
Well, you don't have it exactly correct. This year's team sneaked into the playoffs and was only slightly better than average in a very un-average season. But to lump 2019 with this season is not correct at all. The Cardinals reached the final four of baseball and won 91 games in 2019. There still were only 10 playoff teams then, not 16. If you want to look at their present/future in the prism of the 2020 season, you are free to do so. But to suggest 20 games over .500, as was the 2019 record, is a mediocre season. . . would be ludicrous,
You're very welcome. Owner Gussie Busch and manager/general manager Whitey Herzog worked hand in hand for a while in the 1980s but, generally, brewery involvement in player personnel decisions from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, was limited to saying it wasn't going to spend big money on acquiring new players. In many instances, Bill DeWitt Jr., has spent that money--not always wisely--but more regularly.
You will have to decide what you want. If the Cardinals can't obtain a big-ticket player, do you want them to improve a little, at least, by signing somebody on a lower level? Or do you want them to be as punchless as they were this season?
Bill DeWitt III is the club president and has much to do with the environs that are Ballpark Village. He does not have much to do with the roster of the team.
I presume you're referring to former Cleveland second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who hit .283 with three homers this year and also won a Gold Glove. Depends on what it costs. The idea, pending a re-signing of Wong, was to save money by giving the job to Edman.
O'Neill isn't even arbitration eligible so there is no real savings by not tendering him a contract. I'm not convinced that Bader is the everyday center fielder although his OPS type numbers were better this year. O'Neill, Thomas, Carlson, Bader and Fowler cannot be the five outfielders. That wasn't nearly enough this year.
A fan never should be content. The process to improve the offense is just that--a process. That said, you still are not wrong if you want that. But this is the only year in a long, long time, when the Cardinals' record was that close to "average." Not entirely fair to judge a club on a season that was about two-fifths of a season.
My take is that Wainwright was their best starting pitcher for much of last season and that Molina makes the entire staff better than it is because of his knowledge and leadership. Don't those two items help your team?
That is a long way off but shortstops dominate the 2022 free-agent landscape with Lindor, Baez, Seager and Correa at the forefront.
I was more impressed with the Dodgers' Joc Pederson in the postseason than I had been in a while, so I would investigate that. I might prefer to trade for an outfielder, though, with the field a little more expansive. The addition of Pederson might be enough to help the Cardinals win the NL Central if Waino, Molina and Wong were all back, which isn't likely that all would be.
The Cardinals' offensive improvement needs to come both from the outfield and third base and, ideally, they would acquire one player for each spot. Failing that, it really doesn't matter which position is upgraded but somebody with more pop needs to be here.
Once a player becomes non-tendered, he is free to make his own deal but no arbitration this year. I would take an Eddie Rosario at the right price. You're right. He could be in the $10 to $11 million arbitration range, at which the Twins may balk.
You'll hear Boras and others asking for it this winter if there isn't enough free-agent traffic to their liking.
Since it is so fare that one player plays his entire career with one team, I will say that Trout will play somewhere else. He will want to win one playoff game eventually.
Dayton Moore has won a World Series with the Royals and been in another one. John Mozeliak has won a World Series with the Cardinals and been in another one. The Cardinals' payrolls have been higher but each has accomplished the same thing.
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