The Cardinals, as a whole, are not down on him. Some in the organization see him as a challenger for playing time in center field and part of the CF competition that will be one of the most compelling parts of spring training 2020.
See the aforementioned competition for center field. He has challengers. They look like they can hit well. So he's got to rise above them. He's elite defensively, for sure. One of the best in the league. But there's always a tradeoff. The guy who has the job always has the best chance to keep the job because he can continue to perform. But Bader, as much as anyone on the field for the Cardinals, has contenders out to take playing time from him.
Player use is something the union pays attention to, mostly because the agents pay attention to it, and there are outlets for the players to express concern for the agents to do so on the players. In CBA negotiations there are of course things regarding travel and number of games played in a short window and other items that are out there for playing welfare, but really what the CBA is about is cutting up the pie of revenue and how players get the largest cut and the owners keep a large cut. The overuse of a reliever isn't, let's say, frontburner.
It's a fair question. Also it's fair to point out that the Cardinals got the sense they were being used to increase the offer from the Sox because Robert was going there. That's not to excuse their miss on this deal. It still stings for several of the officials involved who thought Robert was the one to wow, the one to reach, the one player to make the decision for him with the offer even if he was leaning and leaning toward the Sox, who deserve tons of credit for the way they wooed him and recruited him and made him feel comfortable signing there.
I am. So are they. Dynasty denied.
It will not. Donaldson seems like so two years ago, candidly.
He sure seems to be a five out of seven player, yes. Not always the same position, but scoring five starts for every seven games.
It will be interesting when this season is done to trace the days back to that speech and where they were in the standings and how .500 seemed to be an anchor on them. And from there? They've taken off, or they started to take off. A big part of this is the trust the players have in Shildt. Period. He has taken the time to build relationships with each of these players, new players and homegrown players, frustrated players and rising or starring players. They wait after games to talk to him. He seeks them out early in the afternoon. He's got little inside jokes with each guy. When Ozuna walks by the office he shouts, "Shildt Shildt Shildt," and no matter what Shildt is doing he shouts back, "Ozo Ozo Ozo." It can make for some interesting conversations. He asks players what they need. Tells them what the team needs. And comes to a compromise. Look no farther than this evening. The Wacha short start move was clearly one worked out between all of them, and Wacha felt he had the right to make his case and be honest. Carpenter has felt that way too. They can be honest with Shildt and not have it cost them playing time later or cost them standing or cost them reputation. That's huge. That's a big thing that has happened here to change the vibe around the team, and Shildt deserves a lot of credit for making that happen. Honesty isn't punished. Candor is valued. Collaboration is happening all around him because he's fostering it.
He will get a qualifying offer for sure.
Dodgers have the edge for this decade. So far. Cardinals were the previous decade.