The first thing is that Mo made it clear the other day that he expects Molina to relinquish some of his accustomed playing time this season to Knizner. But, if Herrera is the heir apparent and I think he is, I think Molina is needed for one more year after this one, his body and mind willing, to school Herrera for the takeover in 2023.
The most important thing on Nolan Gorman's plate is to become a big-league hitter because I feel fairly certain there will be a DH from 2022 on and his second-base play not be as much of a concern as one might think. Gorman will get plenty of time at second, learning the pivot and such, but we do not know that that is his permanent position. He needs to become a big-league hitter and he needs another minor league season before he can be that.
With Fowler gone, I see Thomas seeing a lot of time in the spring, if he can steer clear of injury and illness, which have plagued him the past few years. The Cardinals want to see him, too, because there isn't too much to like about the outfield's offense off recent developments.
I do not think the hole is "gaping," with Edman as the second baseman. He is a legitimate big-league infielder. Wong he is not but nobody else is either, judging by recent Gold Glove and Fielding Bible results.
It is wearying sometimes to indulge in Trevor Bauer tweets. But I have no objection to his representation in Ms. Luba.
I hope so, too, thank you, for a number of more years being able to do this. I also hope to see the day when seemingly everybody isn't trying to hit home runs and merely putting the ball in play. It's not so much the velocity that is preventing more action, it's the hitters' mentality. Given commissioner Manfred's penchant for novelty, though, I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted the mound moved back .
You're welcome. Well, the Rockies did get four other players besides lefthander Austin Gomber and a couple of them might turn out to be something. The Rockies were going to lose Arenado anyway after this season, they thought, so they did the best they could. But, sight unseen, it does seem a tad one-sided.
Fowler might have produced more had he been left at leadoff but the Cardinals needed some more pop down in the order and, in a couple of seasons, Fowler provided that. But he also was kept out of the leadoff spot because of injury and illness which cut into his playing time overall. You might be able to draw a correlation between Carpenter's leading off in spectacular fashion for those two months in 2018 and Fowler not hitting to his norm for the four years he was here but it's a little bit of a stretch.
It's still a good trade. The Cardinals are trying to win this year. And I'd be astonished if Arenado opted out after one year.
No question. But the tea leaves, relative to the budget, didn't add up to the Cardinals having both Arenado and Wong in their employ at the same time.
I'm not going to say Gorman won't be a left fielder someday but the Cardinals' front office is committed to determining which of these young outfielders the Cardinals have now is worth counting on as regular players this year and beyond.
I'm concerned about quality of the rotation at the top after Flaherty and the entire outfield offensively. My concerns are in that order.
The players seem excited enough. The fans, what few there are who can peer through the back fence at the back end of the complex, aren't quite getting the same enjoyment quotient they had before.
Manager Shildt has not shown his hand but I would suspect Arenado will get time hitting both third and fourth this spring, with Goldschidt manning the other spot.
Carpenter, a good friend of Arenado's, is here. He likes the trade because it makes the Cardinals better. He needs to show he can hit with authority again. Then, he knows he will play somewhere. He can't be disgruntled about lack of playing time until he shoves that average well over .200 and his OPS close or into the .800s again.
The Cardinals will have to decide if Knizner does them and himself more good by playing every day at Memphis or learning from Molina every day here and playing once or twice a week. I would choose the latter. But there could be some movement involving the catchers you mentioned, all of whom have been in the majors.
I must confess I hadn't thought about that one too much. I consider pitching coach Mike Maddux the pitching strategist.
I would say Bader or Carlson. Wainwright, of course, would say Wainwright.