I actually have heard some good things about Mikolas. Do not despair. There will be other moves this off-season. And keep in mind, that with Osuna, Gregerson, Mikolas and trade of Diaz, the Cardinals have been more than active than most teams. Let's let the next week or 10 days play out.
I'm a Gyorko fan, but maybe he can't be a 140 to 150-game player. Maybe more about 120.
There will be flyers taken on a starter, but for no more than two years and more likely one, before spring training. Hellickson is worth asking about.
Roger Freed had a fast rise and fall in his couple of seasons here. He had one memorable pinch grand slam in extra innings off Houston's Joe Samibito. This correspondent was off that night but Freed made sure to advise the P-D scribe covering the game, "Tell Rich Hummel, that home run was not hit in Springfield (the Cardinals' Triple-A team then)." The Cardinals had been considering sending the struggling Freed there but didn't. Until later in the season.
The Cardinals wouldn't be comfortable going to three years, if it took that, for Addison Reed, or perhaps Greg Holland, but they could do it. They would prefer two for free-agent relievers. They really aren't pursuing hitters in the free-market arena who want four or more years.
The Cardinals' bullpen isn't good enough right now because we don't know who the closer is. Reyes would help as an innings man in May but they want him to start not long after he returns. .
Twelve pitchers will be the norm. The schedule, with more off days this year, really shouldn't force them to go to 13 very often. Five bench players now could be J. Martinez, Grichuk, Garcia, Kelly, Bader.
My point was that the Cardinals aren't close enough to worry about that. But other teams will _ and that is why they are hesitant to lock themselves into expensive, long-term deals.
As previously answered, the Cardinals would not give up all three for Yelich, who may not be better than Pham alone.
Donaldson always would be in play until the Cardinals would be told that he isn't.
Fans are allowed to be as frustrated as they want. But, to reiterate, the season doesn't start for some 80 days. And spring training not for 35 or 40. The Cardinals, as well as other teams, aren't done yet. The team you see now is not your entire team. They are not missing out on anybody they want. Not yet anyway.
Over 60 percent but the disclaimer is that he might be a one-year guy or even someone on a minor-league contract.
The pitchers of whom you spoke also tried to pitch nine innings in a game in the minors. No starter is allowed to go more than seven in any minor-league game now and not even more than six in most cases. Also, bullpens were afterthoughts in the days of Gibson, Jenkins, etc. Most of the guys in the bullpen weren't good enough to be starters. Now, everybody is a specialist or some sort or at least a "role" pitcher. .
Jack Flaherty will be in a big-league uniform this season. At this point, it will be that of the Cardinals
The Cardinals have several key arbitration-eligible players to work on this week, including Osuna, Wacha and Grichuk. Osuna will wind up in five figures.
Carson Kelly will have to get more starts this year. I could see Molina playing first base once in a while, though, rather than sitting more than once a week while Kelly catches, say two games a week.
My guess _ strictly that _ is Addison Reed.
I would not be in favor of signing a qualifying offer free agent for one year and then losing the pick and perhaps the player. .
Depending on his success this year, Wainwright would like to re-sign with the club. If he is unsuccessful and is ready to retire, there will be almost any job in the organization available to him.
Now that Ozuna has been acquired, where do you see Yelich playing. They have Fowler on the books at a pretty good number and both Ozuna and Pham are going to play. The Yelich ship has sailed unless there is a place to move Fowler.