The answer would be the same. Also, the positions they play/can play is a factor. But mostly the two reasons I listed.
Mozeliak's answer about catcher came in response to my question. The question was, essentially, this: "Beyond catcher and second base, is every position open in some way." Mozeliak corrected me to say that only catcher was. From my vantage point, Kolten Wong had a career year and did everything to win the second base job going forward, and that he could be about to make good on that All-Star prediction. Why Mozeliak was hesitant to agree or cement Wong at second? Could be a number of reasons. First, he just doesn't want to lock in a player like Wong without doing so for Fowler, for Carpenter, for DeJong. It's a lot easier to do it with Molina given his position and his career and his contract. Less so for others. That's the most likely reason. The other is that if the Cardinals get a glove for shortstop, find a bat for third baseman, and the shift Carpenter over to second, Wong could be a piece on the move, and such a commitment to him now would seem like a promise broken when they trade him. That is common stance taken by the Cardinals and other front offices in baseball.
Not one that they were eager to keep around for the coming few years. Not one that they thought would be productive for them. They would rather have a do-over and make a new selection for that role.
There is an innings deficit. There will be two ways to address this, and they are related. One, add the starter that so many folks in the chat today are discussing. Two, start get around the idea that 200 innings is no longer the benchmark teams need to think about from a starter. Dial that down to 180 and count on some churn and some help from the bullpen. Starters are going fewer innings. Bullpens are handling more. Sixth and seventh starters are necessary. And a new pitching coach is going to be charged with organizing that and acting upon the designs of the baseball ops staff.
This is part of my work today. Getting up to date and sorting through the cloud of talk to find the lightning strikes of reality. We know and have outlined the in-house candidates. In the weeks since the Cardinals made their move there have been a few other pitching coaches reach the open market, including Mickey Callaway -- though as a manager candidate. That's interesting for the Cardinals because it speaks to how handling of pitchers and bullpens have become so valuable to teams that a skillful pitching coach is getting a run as a manager candidate. Honestly, I'm more intrigued by the the setup the Cardinals establish with manager and pitching coach than just who is the next pitching coach.
That is a lot of moving parts. It would have a high degree of difficult to pull all of that off, and such trades would have to including major-league talent just to avoid the clutter you're otherwise inviting. It can be done. I guess. They have the money. They have the prospects. But doing all of that seems like an improbable and tricky exacta to pull off. Would a trifecta do?
Rumblings? I think I saw at least one report, and I can make another: Legit. They're going to take a run at those conversations. I don't know the scope of the deal. But it's pretty standard that you're looking at deals in the four-, five-year neighborhood and around that $16m AAV that Jansen set a year ago with his five-year, $80-million deal with the Dodgers. He's younger than Holland so that means the shorter deal at the higher AAV. Just FYI.
This doesn't change from year to year. Baseball likes the playoffs to be center stage during the month of October, and it really is one of the few months when there aren't signings and certainly there aren't trades. Heck, players are still under control/contract with the teams they finished the season with. So, if you're expecting to see news of the Cardinals pursuing a free-agent reliever, then you should also expect to soon read about sanctions and punishments descending on the Cardinals for tampering with a player on another team's roster. Trades are discussed, for sure, between teams that are out of the playoffs, but not acted upon because of the aforementioned policies from MLB -- both stated and implied.
So, yep, annually, these things don't start percolating until after the World Series trophy is hoisted, the champagne dries, and the GMs all gather for their meetings in November.
That's when things really speed up. Always happens that way.
At least one of the outfielders will be dealt this winter, and leaving the clubhouse on the final days of the season the going sense was that Randal Grichuk had his final at-bats as a Cardinal. His spot with the team, his contract situation, and his upside all indicated that they would look for an interested party that could help them add something they need while dealing talent at a position they have covered. But Grichuk isn't the only candidate. The Cardinals are open to discussing a trade involving any of the outfielders they have on the major-league roster and a few who must be added.
Joe Maddon has had some ... curious ... moves.
They can handle a rise like that, yes. They'll see more than that in added revenue from the TV deal, and they were already in position to stomach a payroll in the $175m range, according to ownership's five-year plan discussed in PD reports in 2014.
I guess anything's possible. He's got real upside as a reliever. But I'm repeating myself.
I have no idea how answer questions like this. Can anyone help me?
Cobb is an interesting thought, yes. I see what you're talking about. This series of events is far less complex and, thus, more realistic then the intricate one presented earlier in the chat. Hosmer to first, means Carpenter to third, and there's a real question on whether that creates more of the same for the Cardinals' lineup. Ozuna could be the hardest of the three Marlins to make a deal for, depending on the direction the ownership there wants to pivot. But he brings thump that would reshape the lineup. All the pieces are there, so in general terms you're on the right path.
Dakota Hudson, eventually. Closer by committee till he arrives.
Oh. Tons. Yes. Veritable dozens. Many of them listed in the chat, and if you scroll through there will be many of them revealed and explored in greater detail.
Meh. Predictable. Art Garfunkel would be a surprise.
He does. It does. The Upton-like turn offers are going to take for him will give the Cardinals pause, especially if they're able to make a deal for the bat that they want/need. You could easily see a scenario playing out like last year though where they make the play for the trade (Eaton), get turned off by the price and have redouble what they're willing to do for a free agent (Fowler). It happened once. It could repeat.
As far as the importance and what could happen, the last time they had an offseason like this was 2011-12, and that involved the departure of a three-time MVP, franchise icon, executive Luhnow, and the pivots the Cardinals then made to get a future Hall of Famer like Carlos Beltran.