I honestly cannot at this point. There hasn't been a lot of insight into this from the team. Some of that is because they haven't had the postseason presser. A lot of that is because there just wasn't the access to get this information like usual toward the end of the season. That's on me to not figure out a workaround. And I continue to rethink how that could have happened. The Zoom interviews wasn't the place for informal conversations -- not when the team was recording everything. Some teams had media sessions for the beat writers with the manager that were away from the formal Zoom. The Cardinals elected not to do that. And access beyond the Zoom was tricky, and also not really all that informal. Way different circumstance. What I have on this subject his this:
Bader -- they saw improvement in his contribution, and continuation of him as an elite fielder who they'd like to have as part of their run-prevention model. Fits there.
Carlson -- rising star. Should be a big factor in their 2021 lineup. Has a No. 2 hitter look.
Thomas -- disappointing year for all the reasons mentioned before.
Williams -- took a step forward with team, more assertive, more aggressive with his play.
Fowler -- played through a significant illness and gave them a lot of what they were looking for. Was one of the most productive outfielders on the team during his best stretch, and that was despite dealing with fatigue, soreness, and everything else. They were encouraged by his year.
O'Neill -- lacks consistent. Flashes of what they want from him. Power is clear. But when it came down to turning to him to make a difference, they did in Cincinnati and he didn't provide, and then he didn't get an at-bat in the postseason. They say he was healthy. Actions speak loudly. Front office still sees power that they want to tap into.