Some of these players were moved because the Cardinals thought they had a potential star in Bader, who hasn't been. This isn't all the fault of Fowler's contract. .
Dahl has had injury problems and Renfroe is a righthanded batter. The Cardinals, apparently, prefer to take a shot at a healthier lefthanded hitter like Joc Pederson, who is likely to cost more. The front office, of course, hasn't said this but that's what I'm surmising.
There is considerable concern about assessments within the Cardinals' organization after the Arozarena matter blew up in their faces. It's more about talent evaluation than coaching, I think.
Apparently not. Wainwright and Molina had more loyalty points racked up.
The Dodgers, if they don't get Arenado, will go hard after Turner and that might take him out of the Cardinals' price range. The Cardinals have a Gold Glover in left in O'Neill and a potential one in center in Bader. Fowler, in right, is not a bad outfielder, nor is Carlson. No need to do a lot of moving around, Just find the best three.
You can say whatever you want. But you might want to wait until the dust has settled and see where Molina winds up.
Not a Victory Lap season other than that these players likely would help the Cardinals as much or more than they would anybody else. Plus, it will be very hard to move Carpenter/Fowler because of the size of their contracts and their no-trade protections.
Maikel Franco might be an option. Not a strong defender nor good OBP man but has some power. I'm thinking the next hitter of any prominence though, has to be a lefthanded hitter. At least for this season.
You're a little light on those Carpenter and Fowler contracts. They're both in the $17 to $18 million range. But they won't--or shouldn't--be regulars because of those contracts. They have to be better than the alternatives or get used to coming off the bench more.
This lefthanded hitter had several huge years with the Brewers but hasn't done much in the past two seasons. He has played some left field although I don't see him here. This type of player will be available all winter.
Knizner would be the backup for a couple of years. No need to trade him until you're sure that Herrera, a couple of years away, is the real deal.
I realize that but I think both players still have some value, even as reserves, if your team is a contender. And I think they will be.
Wainwright and Molina can't be the only two "new" players added to the Cardinals' roster. A lefthanded hitter with clout also has to come along.
Thanks for the kind words from you readers. The Cardinals probably had some interest but he isn't too much different than O'Neill--Righthanaded hitter with power, low average and a Gold Glove type defender.
Not sure about this Kim. DeJong, however, remains a very prominent part of the club. Good power, good defense. Not many shortstops have both. Could he be better offensively?. Of course, but he got clipped with COVID and never quite seemed the same. The Cardinals would do well to rest him more this coming year.
Ever the optimist, I'll go over.
Yes, Rosario would be on the radar, too. It depends on how many other teams are interested in both.
At some point, there will be some spring training games in Florida. I'm not saying necessarily that they'll be starting in late February, though.
Let's make this perfectly clear: The Cardinals aren't likely to sign anybody else until they have the Wainwright-Molina situations settled. There's potentiallly $15 to $20 million at stake there for the next season.