Arenado's salary basically is covered for this year by the Rockies but the Cardinals will owe plenty down the line. What crack pitchers would you have liked for them to sign? They didn't have any interest in going beyond a one-year deal for some of the free agents, who didn't want just one year. Time will tell if the outfield is underwhelming and, yes, they would have to address that.
Well, no, if the Cardinals knew Arozarena was that good or nearly that good, they wouldn't have traded him at all. But they didn't. And they goofed, although Liberatore is going to be a good one.
Can you find anyone who has the answer to that last one? I won't judge the pitching until Kim and Mikolas are back but it might be thin, even then.
Arenado, DeJong, O'Neill, Molina in that order. So far.
Hicks isn't ready for that kind of duty yet. Until he shows he can pitch-to-back days, he can be one of the closers but not the sole one. I would expect Reyes to pitch as many or more ninth innings than anyone else in the early part of the season.
Nogowski could be a bench man but he probably needs at-bats in the minors or alternate camp early in the season. Pinch hitting is a very hard job for a young player and much of Nogowski's damage has been when he's been playing. But he has been impressive. However, we've only seen him play first base, which is occupied. And there is no designated hitter in this league.
They don't seem to agree with that logic. They want to make sure Reyes is available for crunch time later in the year, whether it's as a reliever or possibly as a starter. They think they have enough starting pitching when Kim and Mikolas are back. We will see.
You don't have to be worried but I would have a healthy concern.
He's a fourth outfielder right now. And fourth and fifth outfielders are likely to get plenty of time with this team.
I would think all parties involved are a little nervous but the good news is that Martinez's arm appears to be fine.
I wouldn't be. He had a home run the other day and seems to be swinging the bat better. This stuff doesn't count down here for the veterans until the last few days. Six-plus games remain.
I feel rather certain that it will be Edman, Goldschmidt, Arenado, DeJong, O'Neill, Molina, Carlson, Bader.
Nogowski's chances of sticking would be enhanced by a designated hitter. But injuries occur all the time. The Cardinals aren't about to forget about him. And, yes, he could be a good No 2 hitter.
Not really because he threw 11 strikes out of 13 pitches by not throwing quite as hard.
I have some members of my family who are not thrilled either.
There's always a chance but, even for MLB, it's getting a little late to change the rules since NL teams have game-planned this off-season without the DH.