I never rule out anything. Both teams have a great need for a first-line catcher, even one's who 38.
Not quite sure what you mean here. The Cardinals have had 13 consecutive winning seasons and 20 out of 21. And you want to have dissent with that? Now, trading Randy Arozarena. . . that merits dissent.
He doesn't show his hand very much. But Bill DeWitt Jr., isn't apt to make such a move until he can get some clarity that he can reclaim some of his box office gate, because the Cardinals, more than most teams, depend on that.
I can concur that Wainwright and Kim aren't likely to be here for 2022 and Mikolas is an unknown so Oviedo will be here. It's about that that time whether you can get a feel whether Flaherty will sign here long-term. So Oviedo, Rondon, Liberatore, Thompson all should stay if the Cardinals can work that out.
We came here the same year, 1971. Whenever I got to go to the KMOX studios at night, it was always a pleasure if he was there. A voice like butter and what a nice man.
I still think you win with your veterans, mixed with youth, and the Cardinals don't have a lot of young position players ready yet, except for Carlson. And even he seemed rushed last year, and his first month exemplified that. So they won't have to worry about rushing arbitration clocks.
I already gave you my thoughts. I think he can help but probably not as an everyday player. If you have 25 players better than him, fine. But I don't think they do.
The answer lies in that baseball has to figure out somehow, some way, what the effects of COVID will have on the upcoming season before addressing 2022.
Ask me that question when the non-tendered lists come out by Dec.2. Then I'll have a better answer for you. There will be anywhere from 25 to 50 more names on that list, I am guessing.
I don't see what is to be gained here. The Cardinals lost a bunch of money this year and in other years make a bunch of money. Why don't you just assume they lost $100 million or more and go with that? You probably wouldn't believe whatever figure they put out there anyway. Rest assured, they'll put a representative team out there.
It is fair to rehash Arozarena, because the Cardinals never gave him a chance. The other players to which you refer had a chance. But, the Cardinals' organization, from top to bottom, is on notice not to make another mistake, such as was made with trading Arozarena to Tampa Bay.
I would be all right with a Pederson/O'Neill platoon depending on how much Pederson costs. Sosa is not as good a shortstop as DeJong. There is no need to move DeJong unless you had a top quality shortstop come in and Sosa does not fit that bill.
However, they do it, the Cardinals' offense has to get better. Every team lost about the same amount of money this year and will lose money again next year, so everybody is looking to get better at what they deem an affordable cost. Ultimately, before next season starts, we'll find out what that is. But, in truth, nobody "ponied up" anything this past season because they couldn't get into the park.
To my knowledge, reporters traveled with teams--actually traveled with them on trains and planes--well before the 1950s. Back even to the 1920s,
I don't know that it plays too much into the acquisition process. And I can't speak to the other clubhouses. Heck, we can't even get into them anymore.
Springer is the more complete player because he can run. He's the one I would seek, ideally.
First, there is no one ready to "step in" for Molina. Not until Herrera comes up in a couple of years. Generally, you want your best pitcher back, and Wainwright was the Cardinals' best starter in 2020. These days, you're trying to reconnect with your fan base and, if you can bring back popular players who still can help, you do it.
I see O'Neill as a good fourth outfielder who can play all three outfield positions, play defense, steal base, hit a home run. And strike out. He also doesn't make a lot of money yet.
Unless the agents or their network let it slip, teams really don't know.