At which point of the season? Any of these is a possibility. The first option is the one the Cardinals are hoping for. But Andrelton Simmons is not coming here. Not yet anyway. He doesn't fit their primary need.
Everybody has an opinion. The proof comes before next February 14, when spring training starts. The Cardinals will have to spend more money. How much more remains to be seen.
Bud Norris had injury issues, especially late in the season, that would preclude them offering him a long-term deal as a free agent. If he was still around next spring, you might look at him again.
Prepare to be boggled. Both hit near .250. But Moustakas played 100 more games (yes, 152-52) than Donaldson, had 20 more homers and had 75 more RBIs. If you're talking about the Donaldson of two to three years ago, that's different. But this injury-plagued version will turn 33 next month. Moustakas is 30.
Oakland really hadn't competed for much lately until this year. Tampa Bay is different and you may be right. They've had a lot of front-office types and managers coming out of their staff.
We'll never know about Oscar Taveras. People thought Colby Rasmus might be that guy, but he wasn't. DeJong not quite there yet. But your point is made.
And Arizona benefits. . . how?
Keep in mind, now, that the TV crew is in a studio at MLB headquarters so their take on energy should be taken with a grain of salt but Molina certainly seems to be enjoying himself.
Perhaps you mean Justin Turner. If he was a lefthanded hitter, I might be more interested.
You wouldn't want you leadoff man to walk, at least once in a while? Carpenter is more valuable than you think.
It's kind of out their hands. It's an MLB production and Molina can do whatever he wants. Rookies like Acuna and Soto are playing, too, so the players make the call here. Molina got to rest his body in October when you might remember the Cardinals were not in the playoffs.
A couple of young pitchers. They don't want Fowler.
Only in that you admit you made a mistake in the first one and move on. You have to pay Fowler whether he plays or not. He might come back and play well. But you can't count on that.
If Adams is still out there in free agency after January, I could see some interest in him at a low-budget figure, depending on what the Cardinals' first-base situation looks like.
I hope they keep him. But I'd rather see him as the closer, where he knows that he has to be at his best in his first inning rather than as a starter, when he rarely seems to be at his best .
Dakota Hudson probably is regarded the highest among the young pitchers. Arizona surely would ask about him.
The Cardinals do have the money. But do so several other teams. And there would be a point for the Cardinals and other teams that enough is enough. We don't know what that point is, yet, but the Cardinals are armed with a checkbook. As they were with Stanton last year. By the way, they don't get that $1 billion TV money all at once.
Fair point. But he should be at least a viable player until he's 34 or so.
The point about these injuries is that if a player says he isn't hurt and claims that his performance isn't affected, there isn't much a club can do, other than encourage the player to see a doctor. In Fowler's case, there could have been more but he didn't really cop to it. So we'll have to just wait and see.