Derrick Goold is back from the World Series and ready to chat Cardinals baseball at 11 a.m. Monday

Derrick Goold is back from the World Series and ready to chat Cardinals baseball at 11 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to a live chat with Derrick Goold at 11 a.m. Monday.

    I don't really need to speculate, because we can read the trends and research them and actually seek out reporting on this -- reporting done by us at the PD or other baseball writers out there. Supply is greater than demand, and it just doesn't look like there's going to be much record-setting spending to be done in anyway. One year deal? Goodness, that $18.9-million qualifying offer is quite a cap if someone wants to take that. If not, then probably looking at less than it for 2021. It would be a real outlier to see someone sign a one-year deal that sets a record for value given the circumstances. 
    I would be delighted if that reporting, research, and coverage proved wrong. It would mean some excitement somewhere to tickle the Twitter.
    If you think the fans here are fed up with Mo, read the sports mailbag of the Denver Post. Their getting ready to tar and feather that GM.
    Good thing that guy has a career as a brain surgeon to fall back on.
    Oh, wait, no -- he's not a brain surgeon. Got it. It's going to be real fun when his next job is in the media... 
    Can the Tyler O’Neill experiment finally come to an end?
    He is a favorite to win the Gold Glove tomorrow night.
    Did you feel safe with the virus precautions MLB took at the World Series?
    I felt safe with my practices that I put in place in addition to the ones demanded of me by MLB. I was not on the field at the time Justin Turner broke protocol because Tier 3 were not allowed near the players.
    I adopted practices at the ballpark and away from the ballpark to do the best I could to remain healthy so that I did not bring back the virus to my family, and candidly, since I got back from Texas on Thursday, we're still in the window here where I have to be aware of the possibility I did and I have had those conversations with family, friends, and neighbors so that I make the right choices for them, too.
    There was only one time during the season that I felt uncomfortable in a press box due to the actions of another member of the media and his disregard for protocols. I have had a hard time reconciling what I should have done -- and it was a lesson learned for the future.
    Hi Derrick. If a player who is arbitration-eligible is non-tendered, is any club that signs him obligated to the same arbitration process, or can the player be signed to any contract he agrees to, regardless of the value? Thanks as always for the chats.
    Nope. That player becomes a free agent and can sign for any price. The arbitration process returns for that player at the end of the next season, unless he has a contract going beyond that. So, for example:
    The Cardinals could non-tender an outfielder in year one of arbitration.
    That outfielder becomes a free agent.
    He signs for a $600,000 salary for 2021 to go to a new team.
    At the end of 2021, he would be arbitration eligible for a second time with 4 years of service time, and the new team would have that control and be bound to the arbitration process, or could non-tender and he becomes a free agent again.
    Hope that helps.
    I voted Other in the poll, because here's what I want: a winning team, yes, but also one that is fun to watch. The Cardinals of the past few years have been frightfully boring to watch hit. I like the run prevention part, but there's not a single hitter in the lineup I'm eager to see (Goldy comes close, but not quite). This is supposed to be entertainment first and foremost, and I want some fun hitters to watch instead of guys constantly flailing at sliders.
  • Well said. I think this is a pivotal question facing baseball. Is it entertaining? With analytics becoming the tail that wags the dog, is the modern game entertaining? MLB needs to confront this.
  • Any Chance Cardinals make a trade for Lindor?
    If they clear payroll Letting Wong go and trade C-Mart couldn’t the afford him in his last year of arbitration?
    I have a hard time seeing any of these things being possible given the current stance taken publicly by the Cardinals about their goals this winter.
    Derrick, I think Sue may have meant that a record number of one year deals might happen (over a typical offseason), not record-setting one year deals. Would you expect more one year deals than typical for this offseason? Seems it might benefit teams and players who want to delay longer contracts for an offseason where AAVs could be higher (post pandemic-ish). Might we see something like that?
    Oh! Thank you for catching that. Yes. That makes more sense. I was thinking more along the line of the value -- not the number of them. Oh, definitely possible that we see gobs and gobs and gobs of one-year deals. For sure. They call them pillow deals. And there are going to be more pillow deals in baseball than Michael Lindell could count.
    With cutting Minor league teams could you see some college conferences like the Atlantic 10 or Missouri Valley going to wood bats? It seems like they could attract MLB aspiring talent.
    2nd question: Could you see MLB helping some of those Conferences with the added cost of wood bats? It could be a very wise investment to keep the talent pool going for MLB.
    Probably not. As you outline: The cost is high. And, right, it would take MLB supplying the bats -- which are they really looking to take on cost? They aren't. One of the big reasons college baseball does not use wood bats is the cost of the equipment. Wood bats break, and then goodness need to be replaced, and that's high cost. The aluminum is more financially pragmatic. What they are going to do is turn some minor leagues into wood-bat leagues for college players at various ages, and that will do a similar thing under their umbrella.
    Following up on a previous comment regarding players you have discussed extensively you seem to avoid discussing Carpenter’s status . On the zoom interview did you ask Mozaliak where he fits in?
    It's not my intent to avoid a Carpenter question, especially when asked directly. There's just not much there there to push back on the obvious Carpenter opinions in these questions. We did ask. He's on the team. Are you asking what position he'll play? They don't know. Could be 3B. Could be DH. Could be off the bench. Right now, it's TBD.
  • Looks like the Astros are getting off rather easy from the cheating scandal. Hinch has a job, Cora is being interviewed, and the players got no response from fans in the stands, except the guy with the bullhorn. Thank goodness they did not make the Series.
    I am not at all shocked by this. 
    But baseball fans won't forget.
    Derrick, Just a big thank you to you and the PD staff for the absolute best baseball coverage in the country. We know that, other than San Diego, you made some lengthy road trips to provide us with your great reporting. Heck, the World Series coverage with a Cardinals bend to it was totally amazing and, again, is very much appreciated. How you did this will all of the Zoom press conferences and much more limited access is beyond me. Do you have any interesting non-baseball stories about your multiple road trips, or is that your next book? I hope with the season over it gives you some time to work from home like a lot of the rest of us and spend some with your family.
    Thank you for the compliment, Rich. It is much appreciated. I am doing the chat from my home office -- and will be working from there all through the offseason. Fittingly, the chair at my desk broke today, so I guess that has to be addressed ASAP. Lots of writing coming this winter from the treehouse as we call the office. 
    I'm sure I have some stories from the road. Most of them boring. Some of them alarming as far as what the country is facing with the pandemic, some of them reassuring.
    I saw fewer friends in person than I wish, but the time I got to spend at a distance from friends was so rewarding and uplifting. I got to make stops on the road that I otherwise wouldn't -- my grandparents' graves in Wisconsin, Mickey Mantle's home in Oklahoma -- and I wrote more postcards than ever.
    And, I learned a lot. 
    And maybe there will be time in the near future to write about that. 
    Tom Verducci always writes about the "year after effect", identifying young pitchers at risk of injury after a significant innings increase the previous season. With such a short season this year, and presumably a normal 162 game season in 2021, have you heard any concerns about the big jump in innings for guys that could lead to arm troubles in 2022?
    Yes. Every team will face this with every pitcher. It's a real concern, and it's a real issue and a real priority as the Cardinals look at their depth -- not just to fill out a rotation, but to fill out innings required of that rotation without the risk of injury.
    Upfront former accountant.
    Dismayed by fans who expect everything every year. Probably greater than 50% of teams won't contend next year. Look at Albert. Only played in one playoff series in LA....no wins.
    I see all the whining and nothin to back it up. If you dislike the Cards that much; don't go to games; don't buy merchandise; don't watch games on Fox; don't listen to KMOX ; DON'T read PD coverage.
    Personnel mistakes YES!
    SOME GOOD. Beltran; dumping Craig for Lackey; letting Albert go;
    Any teams fortunate if they get above 50% good. I'll wait for Liberatore.
    Arozarena has less than 1/2 season AB'S.
    He won't make it to the HOF.
    I think this is a fair comment right until the statement about the Post-Dispatch. What the heck did we do? We're not rights holders. We're not part of the team. We don't have any involvement that. We report on the team. If anything, pick up a subscription to the Post-Dispatch so you can keep tabs and know when/if the team does enough to bring you back as a fan.
    Is now the time I should mention there's a deal on subscriptions?
    Sorry, Derrick, but I apparently did not make my earlier question clear enough. I was referring to what I thought would be a record-setting number of one-year contracts, not record-setting value. I would think players would prefer to sign a lower-value one-year deal in hopes the market will bounce back for 2022, while teams might prefer to sign players for longer-term deals, with lower values to start with and higher salaries in the later years.
    No need to apologize, Sue. That's likely on me. I read it wrong, or read it too fast. I'm glad that someone back-checked me and we got to an answer that was better-suited for the question. No harm in having both answers, I suppose. 
    Thanks for checking back in, and I hope with a second chance I gave a better answer.
  • Hi Derrick, I think Peoria Player did not mean boycott the PD. I think he was saying if the Cardinals make you as a fan that miserable - avoid them! A loyal subscriber (more or less) since 1986.
    He said "Don't read the PD coverage." No, do! Please, do. If we don't have readers, we don't have coverage, and I'll be -- think there's a market for a cartoonist out of practice?
    What is the vesting option for Carpenter next year? Doesn't the trade of Wong make it more likely he will reach whatever triggers the option and we will be stuck with this contract in 2022?
    First, Wong was not traded. Wong is a free agent. The Cardinals let him be one.
    Second, interesting question. Let's first discuss the vesting option. It hinges on him getting 550 plate appearances, at a minimum, in 2021. If there are less than 162 games next season, then precedent says that will be prorated. That's how it works for this past season. In addition to the 550 next year, he must get 1,100 total in the two seasons to vest the option. He had 169 plate appearances this season. Prorated for a 60-game schedule -- even though the Cardinals did not play one -- that's 456 plate appearances. That means he needs 644 plate appearances to reach 1,100 for the two seasons. Only four times in his 10 years with the Cardinals has he had that many.
    It gets interesting if his side argues that he had only 58 games to play. 
    That jumps the prorated plate appearances to 472, and means that he only needs 628 to trigger the option. As an everyday player, he has reached that number -- oh, hey, only four times in 10 years. So not as interesting as maybe it would seem ... 
    What if anything did the Cardinals FO learn about the outfield situations, Carpenters rebound offensively, Cmart durability, and Andrew Miller's trustworthiness? They had real questions going into this season, and with such a short sample size, can any definitive answers be made from what they saw.
    Probably not if they just rely on 2020. But that would be a mistake. Because 2019 happened, too. And they have all of that data available to them to make a decision and not be so dismissive of seeing similar things over and over again in a smaller window.
    If the Cards keep Carp on the bench so his vesting option isn't triggered, can they get fined by the Players Association?
    A grievance can be filed, yes. The union cannot fine a team. It wishes it had that power.
    To Tommy’s point. Do you think we will see more “openers” in 2021 as a way to manage workload for pitchers, especially young ones? I can see this an argument for expanding rosters once more in 2021.
    Sure. A something like that. Absolutely. If there's a full season of 162 games or even the possible season of 154 games you're going to see a lot of pitchers cycle through those rosters. You bet. Wouldn't be a shock if some teams have as many as 20 different pitchers start games just to help handle those innings. It's gonna get nuts.
    Derrick, I somewhat understand your comments about franchise appreciation, but when dollars generated from the baseball side go to purchase and improve the value of other investments (Ballpark Village) rather than being put back into the product on the field, it increases franchise value rather than rewarding the fans wanting to see a truly competitive product.
  • But there is zero evidence of this happening, and in fact the structure of the two entities in order to define them for loans, payments, and taxes suggest that's not happening. I understand the complaint. I do. Enough that it's something that perpetually report on and research and try to understand and look for evidence of, and it's not been there. Smarter reporters than me have tried. 
    I urge to read this Q & A with DeWitt, when he addressed that notion head on because I asked him how to explain to fans when an ATM is rising in the outfield, when that money will spillover into the product ... 

    DeWitt Q-&-A: Cards chairman discusses pressure on front office, fan angst, playoff drought

    STLtoday.comAsked by Derrick Goold about inactivity at the trade deadline, Bill DeWitt Jr. replied: 'I would hope that we would have improved, but I wasn’t disappointed that we didn’t go
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