Define "chance." Do you mean "slim," or "none?" I'd love to see it but I've written him off.
It depends on whom you're adding. Potentially subtracting Wainwright's and Ozuna's contracts is kind of a wash for new deals that Goldschmidt and Mikolas signed last spring. For the moment, they are stuck for two more years both with Carpenter and Fowler and they'd be stuck if they had them or not because they'd probably have to pay a large portion of the contracts if they were traded, which the players have full refusal over. In short, they can add to the present payroll but not a lot.
Rendon will come at a high price. He is not quite Arenado but close. Don't hold your breath on shedding that "Carpenter-Fowler money." It's not that easy. But would I ask about Rendon? Of course.
Only if he brings you a quality hitter. Otherwise, I hang onto Carlos as a starter or a closer. And live with the occasional collateral damage.
I still like OPS and batting average. I know Bader wasn't a better player than Molina. As for the other two, it's debatable.
All these things are reasons. But the biggest is that the outfielders cover so much more ground now in ball parks when generally aren't that big. In the day, you had some slugs playing left field, for instance, because they could hit.
There will be considerable churn either way although some of these guys still will be here. Carlson also will be here soon enough.
Houston won 107 games in a tougher league than the National League. The Cardinals caught a great Nationals starting staff in the wrong place at the wrong time but the Cardinals' silence in that series wasn't an outlier. It has to be fixed.
These are always possibilities. Of course, Boston might mention Jack Flaherty, among others.
I don't think he'll get any more than $20 million a year, not coming off .243 and with a sketchy arm. He might be seen as more DH material by some potential suitors.
Ten would be a nice, round number. I don't think Molina is a shoo-in but he should be in the Hall in five to seven years after he's done playing.
The Cardinals didn't seem that enamored of him after he broke his hand punching a TV set last off-season and then got hurt again early this year. He is a lefthanded hitter with some pop, which they need. We'll see if he stays on the 40. That will tell us something.
I would take Cole because he is the best starting pitcher in the game right now. I do not think Rendon is the best player in the game right now.
I suspect Gorman falls into that category, for the moment, anyway. You don't really get anywhere labeling anybody untouchable anymore. There is always a deal that could be made.
Carlson should provide hope. Moustakas could provide some offense at what might be termed a reasonable price. Mo and Girsch are not oblivious to the need for more offense. Let's see what their telephone calls have netted.
Any team that has Verlander and Cole to go with young stars like Bregman and Springer is likely to be above the fray. But they likely aren't going to have Cole next year. And the Cardinals really aren't competing against the Astros anyway -- at least not until October.
There is not great pitching within the organization, at least that's ready now. But they don't need too much and Hicks should be back relatively early in the season and there might be hope for Gomber and Reyes. Carlson is the only hitter that could provide reasonably immediate help. So, the answer, for the most part is. . . outside the organization.
Hopefully, one with all of the above. They already have the defense, so that doesn't have to be fixed. They run the bases well although their overall speed is modest. They need more pop. If you have these items, you almost automatically have swagger.
You try to sort out what you have, first. Is Lane Thomas ready to be an everyday player? Is Arozarena a 25-man roster player? How soon before Carlson is ready? They need to answer those three questions anyway and then still bring in a hitter--not necessarily an outfielder--from outside.
Lance Barksdale missed a half dozen pitches, at least, but he was not favoring anybody. He just had a very tight, almost impossible zone. I'm surprised there weren't more walks.