Both your answers are correct. Some, like Gant, for instance, would go to the bullpen. Other, like Woodford, for instance, would go to Memphis.
He might be the most talented player I have ever covered but he had some injury and other issues that prevented him from achieving more greatness.
I see it as Flaherty, Kim, Wainwright, Mikolas and the other starter or two would come from Martinez, Gant, Reyes.
Nolan Arenado is coming onto a Zoom shortly. I will be gone for a while but I will return and try to get another half hour or so in until about 2:30 p.m
We're back for another hour or so. Arenado has nothing but good things to say about his first few days in camp.
There are two levels there. There must be improvement, certainly but there has to be impact, too. We're not talking about a 260-hitting second baseman with modest power. We're talking about run producing and these outfielders are going to have to show it.
They want to see what they have in their own camp first before they delve outside. Josh Reddick hasn't been much of a run producer lately either.
I suspect they haven't contracted for as much giveaway stuff this season as they have in years past.
Arenado gets the nod because he is a few years younger and plays a more difficult defensive position.
Why either one? You've got Gold Glovers at both spots and Carpenter in reserve. When Molina rests at age 38, he can just rest.
I don't like it. If you aren't happy with your reliever facing more than one hitter, he shouldn't have to. The rule did not have its intended effect on game times, which got even longer.
He would be eligible for Cardinals Hall of Fame three years after his playing career is over, no matter his personal services deal.
Tommy Edman, because he will appear in more games.
Carp is not a disrupter and he will accept whatever role he has but he knows he has to produce a lot more to have any role. All sorts of things happen during a season nowadays, from COVID to injury and in between. As John Mozeliak put it, "If you hit, you play."
I think the teams are waiting another week or two, at least, to make sure there is a good likelihood of April games.
I don't think Martinez has full no-trade protection, as Carp does, but that always can be dealt with, as we found with Arenado. A healthy Martinez and a good Martinez will find work somewhere.
If Wong can get on base often as he has done in his best seasons.
You are correct. Scherzer can be a free agent in 2022 when he will be 37. He is making more than $35 million a year now, and the Cardinals aren't wading in that pool. I doubt if anybody would give him that much. One year or two of Scherzer in his hometown would be kind of cool, though, if his health was good.
All three outfield positions are, in theory, up for grabs although Carlson and Bader have the bead on two of them. But any of the outfield alignments could be intriguing if any of them can hit.