An outstanding question. I'm sure there will be many sessions in spring training devoted to such items. It would help if the Cardinals had a couple of more players who could actually run.
For a contender, the goal should always to make the World Series. Since it was clear well before the end of the season that the Cardinals had little or no shot at the division, the goal became to make the playoffs. But that should not be the goal now. Ninety wins, however, is a nice round number to keep in mind because you're not going to go anywhere without it.
I suspect at some point the Cardinals will concentrate on one or the other. All things equal, Harper as a lefthanded hitter with more power helps them more.
Ozuna actually was on the DL very little and had almost 600 at-bats. He did play hurt too long, though. If Wong can't play more often year, surgery or no, they will have to turn somewhere else.
Wainwright looked as good as he has in several years. Can he continue it over the course of an entire season? We will have to find out. But it was a good, low-risk move to re-sign him.
Less than 50-50. I don't see the need. Not yet anyway.
You may remember they were prepared to plow something like a quarter of a billion dollars into Stanton last off-season but he didn't want to come. Mr. DeWitt and his staff, however, know that there needs to be at least one more star player here.
Seeking starting pitching, especially expensive, righthanded starting pitching, not their first option. They have to have more middle-of-the-order hitters than all the 6, 7 and 8s they have now.
Something to consider although contact appears to be an issue with Smoak and the Cardinals already have a lot of fellows in that boat. Carpenter is the first baseman. There isn't any other place they should play him.
Goldschmidt is an elite-type player. But Carpenter already is in place and if you move him to another team, then you have no lefthanded hitting power option.
I don't get the impression that Wisdom figures as a regular in their plans. They don't know about O'Nell yet but it is clear he doesn't need to be in Triple-A anymore. I like O'Neill as a potential regular player but Wisdom only as a reserve.
No, I don't think Heyward is planning to opt out. The Cubs are stuck with him, just as the Cardinals would have been with Fowler. Perhaps teams, before they offer such options, should realize this makes sense only for a top-notch player, not a serviceable player.
But does the improved defense help the pitching more than not much, if any, improvement offensively? You're talking three bottom-of-the-lineup hitters here.
No question about it. Brian is a good umpire, like his dad. Regarding postseason umpiring, I do have issue with having the younger, less experienced umpires calling balls and strikes first in a series, with the veteran umpires to follow. I think the tone is set early in the series. Why not have your best umpires at the plate at the start of a series? The best starters are pitching.
I think O'Neill is the better player, long-term. Gonzalez, bothered by injury a bit, did very little for Seattle in the second half of the season.
Markakis will be playing at 35 years old next year. Not likely to replicate his 2018 season, which was his best in several years. He hasn't hit 20 home runs in a season since 2008.