Could be. But they went down that road before and Price didn't sign here.
I still would like Hamels but there is some risk involved and the Cubs have little pitching coming through the system.
Reyes ultimately is seen still as a starter. But, when healthy, if healthy, he might open up in the bullpen early in the season.
Mikolas certainly would be one of the pitchers. And perhaps Flaherty, too, although they might hope he could start the wild-card game, if they get in.
At that point, there was some thought that Ferguson was going to be a better catcher than Simmons although that quickly changed. Ferguson ended up in the outfield, where he wasn't very good but he had a good arm. I think Cardinals thought they were going to have contract issues with Smith. .
Anybody who never has had a losing season in 6 1/2 years of managing is going to be interviewed, if he wants to be.
You might need both those guys. If Flaherty and the Cardinals could win a wild-card game, then you would have Mikolas for two starts and Flaherty just one in the division series.
I would take Whitey Herzog to manage any game. I can't forget that when he had similar talent, he almost always out-managed Davey Johnson and the Mets in the 1980s.
I think they'll let other teams contact Stubby. Shildt has had most of these players in the system, too.
That Gyorko would be traded and Wisdom or somebody else would be given a chance at third is not an impossibility, especially with Gyorko;s salary rising substantially. Bader will not be in any package, not now anyway.
As many as 40. But you've got to pay them all big-league money and, if you're not using them, it's kind of a waste.
There is no rush to talk about next year with Norris yet. The free-agent period doesn't even start until November/December and his recent work doesn't suggest they need to have that conversation just yet anyway.
They have done quite well on the discount racks, when you include Norris, too.