Sure, there is hope. But it's safe to say that Mozeliak and Co. are not counting on that sort of comeback. He will either pitch well or move on with the Cardinals eating his remaining contract dollars. I will say this about repeatedly missing the playoffs: Management will be far more willing to move on from failed veteran this season. Enough is enough.
Actually, one NHL player after another is signing a lockout-mindful contract. I imagine the union is telling them to do so. The players association has done a nice job of unifying the players against the owners. There is ample solidarity. And the more players can wrangle creative contracts (opt-outs, front-loaded structuring, whatever) the better it is for the whole working population.
Under this ownership I do not envision the Cardinals outspending the rest of MLB for the highest-end free agents. I believe they will continue bidding for star players like David Price but I do not believe they will become undisciplined. They have helped set the current industry tone and I do not expect DeWitt and Co. to suddenly go rogue like Mike Shanahan and Jack Quinn did with the Blues back in the day.
Maybe Jaden's only way out is to aim for 10 shots on goal every single game. Spin the roulette wheel. As for Schenn, maybe he can regain the jump that made him such an excellent player here last season. It's hard to believe how far these guys have slipped offensively.
Let's see if Goldschmidt signs for and for how much. Let's see what Machado gets and what becomes of him. If we were discussing Goldschmidt vs. Arenado, I'd be far more supportive of this angle.
I believe Bryce Harper would pay here if the Cardinals topped the bidding. I just refuse to believe the Cardinals will ever top the bidding for a player of that caliber. Such contracts are usually bad business and DeWitt has eaten about all the bad contract he can stomach.
Maybe a second- or third-round pick for Bouwmeester, if he keeps playing well. Maybe a fourth- or fifth-rounder for Maroon.
Free agents didn't want to come here because Molina plays every day. Perhaps the Cardinals could have waited out the market and signed a guy who still wants to play regularly but had no other choice than the Cardinals. But such a player may not enjoy batting 12 times a month if Molina stays healthy. If the backup catcher doesn't cheerfully mesh with Molina, the coaches and the staff, then that is a huge problem for this team. Pena doesn't hit much, but he fits the culture and that is a huge consideration for this team. If Molina gets hurt for a lengthy period, then Andrew Knizner is the guy. He fast-forwards his development as the heir-apparent. If Molina is eradicated and Knizner fails horribly, then the Cardinals will trade for a stopgap guy.
And then, every year, the Cardinals make further additions on the fly as needs arise. The Cardinals don't draw 3 million fans per year because John Mozeliak makes dazzling winter moves. They draw 3 million fans because baseball is a thing here and the Cardinals stay in the hunt year after year after year.
Holland got a one-year contract. Are you telling me Machado will sign for one year? Cecil signed for four years and Fowler signed for five. Maybe Goldschmidt takes five. I don't Machado signing for four or five years either. As for the Cardinals philosophy, it is this: Develop your own players, trade for uptrades from your surplus and only use free agency to fill in the blanks.
On the other hand, the Cardinals seem to have more promise in their bullpen than the Cubs. But I do agree with the premise: If you have a chance to build a shutdown bullpen, do it. That is where the game is going. Maybe the Cardinals have that, maybe not.
True, but we're talking degrees of hatred here. I was in Baltimore when Jim Irsay took the Colts away and I'd have to rank that and the Browns going to Baltimore higher on the hatred scale than either Bidwill or Kroenke.
Year after year I hear DeWitt and Mozeliak say the same thing. Their goal is to contend for the playoffs every year. And that's pretty much what they have done, despite massive injuries, some colossal player failures and even the death of their top hitting prospect since Albert Pujols. I don't know what fans are hearing when these guys talk, but I don't hear them promise to spend "stupid" money, as the Phillies owner did. No do I hear anybody promising a parade on Market Street.
Maybe we just mellow as we age.
Good point. Managers are all embracing the "Parade of 9,000 relievers" approach. They seem more focused on inning-to-inning matchups than setting up their seventh-inning pinch-hitter. The death of the starting pitcher could definitely help usher in the DH.
I'm with you on that. Maybe if both Cecil and Gregerson were off the books he would still be shopping right now.
OK, that's it for one day. Geesh. It's sunny out there. And warmer! Anyway, that's it for now. See you next week. Have a good weekend.