With 13 pitchers, I see the bench as Kninzer, Sosa, Carpenter, Thomas, Williams. With 14 pitchers, one less outfielder.
Nothing is permanent but Goldschmidt's RBI totals wouldn't be quite the same if he stays at second. Carlson will wind up at the top of the lineup at some point during the season and then maybe Goldschmidt and Arenado will drop. But Goldschmidt doesn't just hit homers and doubles. He is a .300-type hitter.
Almost none. He's played only a couple of games there this spring and never has appeared as high as Class AA yet.
I didn't know there was a trophy for the Grapefruit League standings. Rest assured, there is a big difference between the regular season and now. And, on April 1, Carpenter is hitting .000, just as everybody else is. If you want to run him out of town before the season even starts, you are entitled to think anyway you want. I am presuming these questions and comments are made to me because I have five decades of experience doing this job and have more measured opinions than some of the fans. If Carpenter is hitting .040 on May 15, then we have something to talk about.
I would think the market is minimal.
That their bullpen is going to be as deep as any I've ever seen here. But Matt Carpenter is not a reliever, so that doesn't interest some folks.
First, the Cardinals are satisfied with DeJong at shortstop and plan to have him there for a few more years. Perez has filled out and made some strides but looks like a prospect for the first time in a while. Herrera is a catcher in waiting, not a shortstop, if you mean Ivan Herrera.
I don't discount your theory. But let's see how he produces off the bench during the season before making that move.
There is no easy answer to that one other than to choose the player who could play every day rather than the one who could play once every fourth or fifth day. But one is the greatest Cardinals player ever. And the other the greatest Cardinals pitcher ever. And I choose to leave it at that.
Tyler O'Neill has shown more balance as a hitter and young Tommy Parsons has jumped in esteem as a pitcher although his future probably is as a starter than as a reliever.
Sosa is the best defender at shortstop. If the Cardinals put him through waivers, some other team might claim him. They can get Rondon or Nogowski back. Nogowski is not a shortstop. Rondon still has a chance to unseat Sosa, though.
Ah, but he just hit a fly ball to left field. It was caught.
That's called "scouting." Just as Arenado knows everything about the Rockies. Signs will be changed, of course when the Cardinals and Brewers play so that that pesky Wong doesn't steal them. But anything that Wong offers on Cardinals pitchers is fair game.
He has taken a definite upturn in the past week. Carlson has homered and singled and driven both runs as the Cardinals behind Jack Flaherty lead the Marlins 2-0 in the fourth. MVP might be a little strong, though.
I have Molina hitting sixth in my lineup
Well-stated and I hope others take note. But, in a week or so, the landscape changes and he is going to have to start producing.
I don't worry about what might happen in July. I like what I'm seeing of Waino now and it's up to him and the staff to manage that.