You don't have to imagine he wants more than the Cardinals can afford. He does.
I think you'll find that Oakland is fairly close to that level. And Cleveland, too. I never thought the Cardinals were close.
You do have to pay Arenado something and we don't know that all $50 million from the Rockies is coming at once. I believe that Wong train has left the station.
A fine question but there will be no expansion until the stadium situations are sorted out in Oakland and Tampa Bay, both of which have facilities that are not suitable but teams that are very suitable.
Every team does this although the figures differ from club to club.
It no longer is the offense that dictates how good the Cardinals are. It is their rotation. The Cardinals need one solid pitcher from Mikolas and Martinez.
Always has a chance but he has a no-trade clause in his contract that would have to be addressed.
Injury is always a downside. But you don't make deals anticipating that.
The front office has decided Edman is a regular. He will play second base unless unforeseen circumstance intervenes.
Both have played so little and Gorman, not above Class A ball. They need at least another full minor league season to learn the game both at bat and in the field and when they're ready, they'll be here.
If there is a DH, Carp, in theory, still could be a leadoff man. That's where he has thrived before. He could concentrate more on getting on base than hitting for power although the best Carpenter is the one who does both.
Wong can do better than a contract with deferrals somewhere else.
However they do it, Knizner needs to get more at-bats this year, so the club can find out about him, just as it wants to know about its young outfielders.
If Reyes isn't in the rotation, I can see him closing early in the season. I can also see Gallegos being a part of the end of the game and Helsley, too. Hicks may ultimately will have that job, if completely healthy, but he won't be rushed into that role at the start of the season.
I think 26 is the number unless there is a pandemic-related adjustment. And I would never rule that out.
I do not sense that yet. Perhaps this will be the year that comes up. Flaherty has West Coast ties, as you know.
I don't see any delay to the season just yet. Anything is possible schedule-wise but I don't think they can get too creative if they're intent on playing 162 or 154 games.
I would go Reyes, Carlos, Ponce.
I would say that 154 sounds about right.