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The conversation doesn't go exactly like that. The manager has little to do with the 40-man roster, but does have a say on the 25-man roster to a degree. He doesn't necessarily have to play somebody who's called up, unless the GM suggests strongly that that would be a good idea.
I'm on board with Moustakas for two years. I think I would like Bumgarner but not at too many years. He hasn't been really good for a while. The outfield is a hodge podge right now and almost too complicated to analyze.
Both Reyes and Gomber should be ready for spring training. They will have to earn their jobs but there is a need for a lefthanded swing man like Gomber and we need to see, I guees, one more go-round with Reyes.
Mr. T. used to be Leon Spinks' bodyguard and he gently, but firmly, put a hand on my shoulder when Spinks took exception to one of my questions and wanted me to leave the room.
Lane Thomas. He might have been the candidate this year but he kept getting hurt. He could be your center fielder.
I'm trusting they want to find upgrades at third, center and right field. And maybe in left, too, if Ozuna isn't back. Bader and M. Carpenter aren't regulars in my book just yet, but we have a long time to go.
They'll pursue any avenue, whether that's Mookie Betts or Anthony Rendon or even Gerrit Cole. Chances are, though, their targets might be in a bit different price range.
Wheeler from the Mets, local kid Odorizzi from Minnesota and Bumgarner might be ones they would look at it.
McNeil intrigues me in that he is a lefthanded batter with those numbers. I don't see him as a middle-of-the-order guy but maybe first or second. The Cardinals certainly could use a lefthanded hitter who gets on base.
I don't think could call the fan base apathetic when they turn out in 3.4 million numbers. They had one postseason game which didn't sell out--on a Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock against the Braves tin a non-clinch situation for the Cardinals.
In order: 5, 5, 35, 20, 30, 15, 10. Moustakas and Keuchel helped fill a couple of big needs--a lefthanded hitter with power and a lefthanded pitcher.
It should be headed for a search for at least one more productive hitter. You can see how good pitching and excellent defense plays. If the Cardinals had an appreciably better offense, they might still be playing. You do touch on a good point--there is a lot of uncertainty about some players who played a lot this year--some with bloated contracts and some without.
The league always adapts and Edman is a smart enough man that he will adapt, too. He is a valuable player even if he hits .250 because of his versatility, ability to play several positions at a high level and his speed. He does not have to hit .290 or.300 to be a 'plus' player.
My hunch tells me that he might not come back, with the knowledge he went out to as close to the top of his game as he could get. I hope I'm wrong.
The issue for me is more of a health issue. Both have had health problems in recent years although Bumgarner's haven't all been arm-related. That draft pick compensation does come into play in some of these matters, though.
Having been burned about a half dozen times, the Cardinals will not be signing any reliever of prominence as free agents. They have Gallegos, Miller, Helsley who all could close until Hicks comes back in June to join the fray. Martinez could do that, too, but he will get one more chance this spring to see if his arm--and his mind-- are strong enough for starting.
The roster you saw in October wasn't good enough offensively. It will not be the same from that end. Mo knows that.