I'm not sure the Red Sox would see much value out of that. Two past-their-prime veterans, an injured lefthander and a middle-of-the-road prospect righthander.
Rendon would help anybody. I'm not sure what a Carpenter-Martinez platoon would look like defensively in left field. I suspect not all that good. But I wouldn't reject looking at it n the spring. Whether Rendon would sign here is another matter. I suspect the two sides are not on the same playing field.
I'm OK giving Lane Thomas a chance to be the everyday center fielder. No need to move him around. They'll find a third baseman, even if it's Tommy Edman.
"Sufficient" to contend. Certainly. They were contending this year, reaching the Final Four. This doesn't factor in where Carlos Martinez will wind up. If he stays in the bullpen, then the Cardinals need to go get a starting pitcher.
Wong won't be on the list of people the Cardinals actively would look to trade. Carlos Martinez has been on and off that list and probably is on it now. But I still feel he has value here. Yes, the next hitter of substance may have to be traded for but Wong won't be in that package. An outfielder or two--or three--certainly would be.
My advice to fans_ and media _ is not to expect too much too soon, based on the past two seasons. I anticipate the pace to be not much brisker than it was in 2017 and 2018.
Carpenter has veto power over any trades in his contract but that's because of the language in his deal and not his service time. He has only about eight seasons in.
They'll talk but they would ask about virtually any free agent. Unless he hits fourth, Strasburg is not their priority.
Pending further acquisitions, and there will be some, Shildt's decisions in the outfield, especially, and possibly at third base, will depend to a large degree on spring performances. Carpenter and Fowler are in that boat of uncertainty now but they should at least get a chance to take an oar.
Yadi's chances were hurt both by missing nearly 50 games and that he never got much chance to show off his throwing arm because nobody tries to steal against the Cardinals. Realmuto had a terrific year, though, and Molina will be hard-pressed to win that coveted 10th Gold Glove.
First, Carpenter and/or Fowler has to approve such a deal. Second, the Cardinals would have to send a lot of money to another team to cover two more years of these deals.
Golschmidt led the league in fielding percentage and committed just five errors while saving countless others. First base is a strong position defensively in the National League. Atlanta's Freddie Freeman shared the Gold with 2019 winner Anthony Rizzo last year and didn't even make the top three this year, nor did perennial contender Joey Votto. Brandon Belt and Eric Hosmer also are strong defenders at the position.
That line of thinking would be very counter-productive and I'm sure is not being indulged in at the Clark Street offices.
It's later this month, before the December winter meetings. Righthander Jake Woodford, who had a good year at Memphis, is one name that quickly comes to mind. Dylan Carlson does not have to be protected yet.
I would check with the Rangers about his availability. A lefthanded-hitting outfielder, other than a switch-hitter_ they could have three of those_ would look good in the lineup.
I wouldn't mind seeing them sign Wieters back for a year or two. Knizner is ready but could be ready at Memphis or kept as a third catcher with 26-man rosters in play next season and the switch-hitting Wieters could be used more off the bench.
Peralta and McNeill both should be on the radar although neither may be the real "impact" bat they're seeking. McNeil does have terrific versatility, as he can play the infield and outfield and also could lead off.
We really haven't seen Ravelo in the outfield and Garcia wouldn't be kept as an extra outfielder. But Jose Martienez might have value to Boston, though, as a DH if JD Martinez leaves.
I would think we'll have an answer on the Wainwright issue in the next week or so, if not sooner. He can be in my rotation. He won 14 this past year. And his clubhouse influence almost is unrivaled anywhere else.