My earlier estimate of a high of 50 might be a little low. Could go as high as 75 or more.
No, the Cardinals aren't likely to spend wildly in 2022--at least not on one particular player. But they could get involved in several players.
I hadn't thought about ranking them. I'm still reeling from the blows. You'd have to have Mike Shannon on your list, too, for his 50 years in the booth, plus his decade or so on the field. Willie McGee. Tim McCarver. Someday. . . Pujols, Molina, Wainwright, C. Carpenter.
There will be plenty of LHF to be sampled in December. Plenty of short-term "fixes" to go around, depending on how much you need to have fixed.
As far as I know, Mike will be back for a 50th season in the booth.
That is something you don't know but if Wainwright gives you 10 wins I think that's worth bringing him back, not to mention the the knowledge and wisdom he can impart to the younger generation.
Not only was Turner not punished, but commissioner Manfred all but let him off the hook, in essence, blaming others for not making sure Turner didn't come back onto the field.
And a thoughtful opposing view.
So far,that extension has not worked out. Three more years to go, though.
I guess we shouldn't assume that but if he has to endure another season without his family being around much, it at all, that would be too tough for Kim.
They had one of those several years back and Lance Lynn signed out of one of them. I would not be at all surprised if it happened again.
Voit looked pretty strong when he was here. Arozarena got built up while he was recovering from the virus this year. I think the better consideration is how healthy the players remain over the course of a season and I don't really have any argument with the Cardinals' strength and conditioning program. But those other fellows are big boppers, right?
To be fair, the payroll has gone up every year although I don't know the relative comparison to ticket prices, etc. And what is a "habitual " financial practice? The Cardinals consistently have been among in the upper third as far as spending among teams.
"Mo" admitted his mistake on Arozarena and it was a big one. As for last "50-plus years," how about the last 21? Twenty winning seasons. Four World Series. Two Series championships. Fifteen postseason appearances.
I believe Ponce de Leon gave up the lead in Game Two. Reyes certainly will get his chance next spring. But so will Kim. And Wainwright, if he is here.