I agree with you to some degree. But I'm not sure how much the size of the park has to do with the number of strikeouts in key situations. Hit the ball somewhere.
Molina and Goldschmidt, since they already have won. I don't see the others winning just yet.
But Flaherty doesn't make any money yet. I agree that the Red Sox sights might be lower than that, though. I would bundle at least two of the three you mentioned and probably all three for one year of Betts.
Molina will play as often as he wants to and as often as his body will let him. He has one good year left and perhaps another one. Will Knizner be the primary backup? Or will Wieters return? TBD.
Lindor would have appeal to anyone. Wouldst that it would be that easy.
Edman isn't likely to provide the 25-to-30 homer power of Moustakas, whom you can hit in the middle of the lineup. Edman doesn't profile in that spot of the order.
This seemed to be the move everybody in Chicago was talking about. I suspect that Ross will have plenty of help from the front office--whether he wants it or not.
I don't think you can call either Carpenter or Fowler sure regulars for next season, as we speak.
Most players leave it, on advice of their agents. But Ozuna has a new one, so let's see.
It seems that in Carlson and a number of promising third base prospects. that is about to change. I don't think draft position has a lot to do with it, though, because the Cardinals haven't picked 30th for a long while. Otherwise, hard to say other than teams are always looking for young pitching.
You might be right about the defense but you have to get more offense out of right field and maybe left field, if Ozuna is gone. And, of course, shortstop, where DeJong's 30-homer total masks a not very good year.
Different hitters is my answer.
There will be more than two.
They can advise him all he wants but he has the bat in his hand. The ball squarely is in his court. Adjust. Or sit.
He made some highlight plays last year--and some with a dimmer light. Hard to believe he was a Gold Glover, but I guess he could throw better then.
The 1985 team probably was the most fun, because it drove the opposition nuts with its speed and base running, plus there were some characters involved, starting with the first letter of the alphabet. A is for Andujar, which brings to mind one of my finer lines. The Cardinals were going to play the Atlanta Braves, who were going to pitch Zane Smith against Andujar. "So it will be Zane against Zanier."
Fourth or fifth. But we don't know about Thomas or Carlson yet. And perhaps not about Arozarena. Is Fowler still a regular? Many questions, few (good) answers.
In a tank for a smaller car.
Any starting pitcher of substance, who won't be a free agent after the season.
Carpenter's could have waited. They wanted to show Goldschmidt the love right away. No argument there.