Nothing much to talk about today, right? How much more do you like this potential Cardinals team than you did last week? Fire away.
Ideally, yes. But the Cardinals needed the financial flexibility of not having to pick up Wong's million option to at least cover part of Arenado's deal.
The McGuire trade had the previous biggest impact because the fans here hadn't seen a slugger of that ilk in a Cardinals uniform in a long time. I thought Mike Leake would have been a more productive pitcher than he turned out to be when the Cardinals gave him $80 million. I don't know if he was the perfect Cardinal, necessarily, but he was one of the bigger disappointments.
You're welcome and this trade will be the culmination of two years of work by the front office of the Cardinals. Now you can see why the Cardinals weren't signing fringe players that would have improved their team only a tad.
Believe me, having served on the HOF committee that helps assemble those Era ballots, McGwire's name has come up plenty. But, so far, he hasn't made it to the final veterans' committee-type ballot. Maybe some day in the next couple of years that will happen and he might even be helped if Bonds and/or Clemens gets in next year through the writers' vote.
I can see Fowler being a leadoff candidate now that the Cardinals' lineup will have another proven power source in Arenado. This especially could be so if Tommy Edman doesn't walk enough to have a decent on-base percentage for a leadoff man. I still would leave Bader down the line until he shows he can get on base more often.
The next starting catcher after Molina well could be 20-year-old Ivan Herrera but he is at least a year away. If Molina is-resigned, as expected, Knizner needs to play more than he has recently as a backup to ascertain whether he could be a No. 1 type or not.
With Arenado all but here, my issue with the Cardinals being an upper echelon team is their pitching, notably their rotation which actually wasn't all that good last year. Flaherty, for sure, needs to be better. Hudson will be missed. Mikolas has to show he is over his arm problems. Wainwright has to show he has something left. Kim should be all right. But either Reyes or Martinez or Ponce de Deleon may have to go into the rotation, too. Without Hudson, who is your No. 2 starter?
Gorman doesn't have to be rushed necessarily, especially if the Arenado opt out is pushed back a year. By the time Gorman gets here, there will be a universal DH and there would be plenty of room for Gorman and Arenado.
I'm sure in the little time the two spent together in Colorado, the subject of St. Louis might have come up. And, likely since then, too. Holliday may well have been Mr. Stealth behind the scenes. .
Yadi seems as if he will be back. There is little interest in bringing Wong back. A possible bench man with some sock might be next, be he an infielder or an outfielder. The resolution of the DH might have something to do with that because Carpenter will be the DH often enough if there is one.
I always have felt that managers and coaches get too much blame for players not playing up to performance and that could go for general manager-types, too, although they are the ones who brought in said players. When players disappoint, whether it is in a season or a game, it almost always is on the players.
I don't think the trade is being made to bump up by two wins. This was done to make the Cardinals a 90-plus win team, a heavy favorite to win the division and, depending on pitching, at least a threat to go deep into October/November.
You go back and check almost any player's stats and he is much better at home than on the road. Now if Arenado was a .185 hitter away from home, you'd have a different perspective. LA and San Diego are less pitcher-friendly than they used to be but still challenging parks. I would bet you could name almost lefthanded-batting New York Yankees slugger over the years and he would have many more home runs in Yankee Stadium than he would have on the road. But that doesn't mean you wouldn't try to acquire him.
Intriguing, yes, but not going to happen. Tommy Edman is the second baseman. The budget doesn't fit with Wong in it, unfortunately.
I can't say that I saw this one coming. necessarily, but I knew there would be changes. It's a long time until April 1. Or April 28, or whenever. But thanks!
Your sentiments have been echoed, and will continue to be, I suspect.
Those minor leaguers not invited to big league camp won't begin training at the spring training sites until the big club has gone, meaning their spring training won't start until nearly April. However, as I understand it, their seasons could extend past Labor Day when those seasons haven't before because there will be little room for September call-ups with rosters probably limited to 28 in September/October.
I have not heard that. But he showed he belonged last year and he could be a weapon either as a starter or reliever. A lot might depend on his family situation. That was a tough go for him last season not being able to be around his wife and children at all.
Arenado has been trying to get out for a couple of years now, perhaps dismayed at how far away he perceived the Rockies from being contenders. Carp becomes a backup at first, third and even second unless there is a DH. Then he probably has the lefthanded-side of that job, if he shows he still can hit.