Derrick Goold chats Cardinals baseball from the World Series at 10 a.m. Monday

Derrick Goold chats Cardinals baseball from the World Series at 10 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cardinals questions and comments to a live chat with Derrick Goold at 10 a.m. Monday.

    Whats the hot goss on the outfield sitch? Please assure me they’ve seen enough of what those guys can do and can’t do.
    I am getting old because I don't know what these words mean! Ugh. And my teenager is nowhere nearby to help me.
    Welcome to TX! I believe the cardinals will compete in 2021, because they’re the cardinals. What I’m excited for is 2022. Who from that free agency class should we drop these dollars on?
    It's a big year for baseball and for the talent available in the free-agent market. And let's hope that baseball and the country is emerging from this forced hibernation to take advantage and that it's just a bonfire of awesomeness. Any of the shortstops are fascinating, and chiefly Seager, though Lindor is arguably the best of the group. There's Syndergaard on the pitching front, and there's late-career Scherzer that would be interesting. Does he replace Wainwright as the dean of the rotation? Lots of talent there to consider.
    We don’t have the resources to have both an elite infield AND outfield, considering the bulk of our resources go to pitching and rightfully so. Mo knows this and has been slowly constructing his elite infield. Just missing Arenado. The outfield will be just fine with elite run preventers who get on base. Thoughts?
    I disagree. They need an outfielder who strikes fear in the opponent. They need damage. They need SLG. OBP is great. We're all down with OBP. But the time has come for a slugger to emerge.
    -Why do we rarely see St. Louis a favorite to sign one of the top 30 international prospects and what happened to Yoelqui Cespedes? Did he sign with anyone?
  • -- First, he has not.
    -- Second, some of that is the fact that the Cardinals were recently in the penalty box, had their spending limited, and thus weren't generating a lot of buzz for the top players because they couldn't offer much. Now, they can, and they still are a team known for going after the mid-tier players, and not the high-dollar. They're playing the odds. They would rather cast their spending on 10 potential talents and hope that three emerge as prospects, then invest all of it on one uncertain prospect. There are players that are more surefire than that (Robert, for example), and the Cardinals want to be a bigger player in that market, and just haven't broken through yet, continuing to excel on that mid-tier level, especially when it comes to pitchers.
  • DG,

    Welcome back to the fray! Very glad to have you doing these chats again.
    I am not on the fire Mo mob, I think he has done a consistent job, and Dewitt values that. However, I do question some of the decisions that have occurred more recently. The Carpenter extension was a headscratcher at the time, and it looks worse now. To echo what Benfred said on BPIB, the Cardinals did not need to make the Liberatore trade, and if they knew what they had in Arozerena, they definitely wouldn't have done it. I think for the reasonable Cardinals fan, the frustration has been that the past two seasons have gotten back to "Cardinals Baseball', with the emphasis on pitching and defense, so if they had even an average offense this team could be great. So do you think there is a chance, with the roster the way it is now, that the Cardinals can put together an average to above average lineup? The FO cannot tell us this same roster is going to improve, I do not think many people will accept that.
    The Cardinals know what this roster can do. It can do better than 2020. That's for sure. It can be a better offensive team than it was in 2020 with the same personnel. But that won't be good enough, and change is in order for the Cardinals to back their pitching with an average offense, because an improved offense for them is a changed offense.
    I remember last year you predicted Arozarena would be traded. How can the Cardinals be so wrong so often on trades But have young player development adequate to provide mediocre performance?
    These buffoons traded potential MVP and possible rookie of the year for somebody who might help a couple years down the road and a relief pitcher frequently hurt.
    To be fair that pitcher who might help them down a couple years could be a frontline lefthanded starter. That's not my issue with the trades. As outlined in the recent episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball: The Cardinals have shown they can develop pitching, so why prioritize that as the return all the time. The need is for a surefire, consistent outfielder who hits. Put the thumb on the scale when it comes to that. 
    Trade on a curve.
    Just wanted to say thank you for the time you take to answer our questions. It's fun to get insight that we probably would never get. Look forward to these every week
    Thanks for saying that, Milo.
    Any idea what happened to the planned promotions for the 2020 season? I was looking forward to the Ankiel double bobblehead.
    Several will be carried over into 2021. That's the plan I last heard.
    Saw an IG post from Kolten Wong thanking Cards nation...is this a sign that the FO is going to let him test free agency?
  • Not according to people close to Wong. He had a birthday. People sent him birthday wishes. He thanked them. It's not a sign one way or the other, I was told, repeatedly. The situation with the team and Wong was updated earlier in the chat.
  • Yadi, Fowler, Carpenter, Miller, Mikolas, Martinez, Leake, and Cecil account for 60% of the cardinals salary according to sportrac. How in the world do you field a competitive team when 60% of your pay roll is tied up in players that either don’t produce or aren’t even on the team anymore? Feels like it’s going to be a lean couple of years until these contracts come off.
    You do that by having a starting shortstop who is not on your list and as many as five starting pitchers who make around the minimum, or far less than their contributions deserve. That's how you pull it off. That's the only way to do it. And the Cardinals aren't alone.
    Good morning, Mr. Goold. First off, I'd like to thank you and Mr. Hummel and the two Bens for all your hard work and outstanding writing in covering the baseball season. Mr. Mozelliak gets a lot of criticism from Cardinal fans about the string of questionable trades/moves the team has made over the last several years, and rightly so. In an earlier chat, Mr. Frederickson said that, in his opinion, it started with the 2017 trade of Marco Gonzales for O'Neill. Well, 2017 was when the Cardinals promoted Michael Girsch from assistant GM to GM. Surely, a lot of those deals would have initiated from Mr. Girsch's desk. Shouldn't his role in the moves be questioned along with Mr. Mozelliak's? Thanks for your time.
    The front office as a whole should be part of the questions, yes. And so should the coaching staff. It's not just about identifying the talent -- it's about accessing it, too. It's about developing. The Cardinals should acknowledge that their scouts saw Arozarena's talent -- maybe not on this stage, maybe not with this power, but that ability to hit -- and then ask what did they not do while the player was here to make the most of it. That's key. That's the entire baseball operations group going through that audit. The buck stops with the president of baseball operations, the POBO, Mozeliak.
    Thanks for an excellent chat. The things are starting to get going over at the ballpark here shortly, so I need to make my way over and figure out what the situation is going to be like covering from the ballpark. Got my mask ready, and my hand sanitizer packed. The Rays are scheduled for a workout at the ballpark, so there will be a chance to see Arozarena and the bullpen that Missouri helped built. Lots of MO-ties to the Rays. 
    I used the drive here as an excuse to take a side trip to Commerce, Okla., and see Mickey Mantle field, and the house he grew up in. I had not seen the statue before. Glad I got a chance to do that. 
    How does a talent like that slip out of the Cardinals' backyard, not too far from where they had a stronghold of affiliates and fans, and into pinstripes?
    I want some accountability. 
    Check out ongoing coverage of the Cardinals and from the World Series all week here at StlToday.com, and in the pages of the Post-Dispatch. The chat will be back next week. I'll be doing it from somewhere. Texas*, if necessary. Or on the cusp of the offseason with decisions having to be made by the local nine in St. Louis.
    Enjoy the World Series.
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