There is no place for common sense in the chat.
I don't believe the Cardinals had much interest there. As it turns out, that signing would have stabilized the pitching and led to a quicker turnaround.
I can't see that at all. The game is getting too fast.
No idea there, but I would vote for Ozuna, Fowler and Carlson, assuming he's legit. That would bump Bader into the fourth outfielder role for the time being. O'Neill would have to bide his time a bit longer.
They'd be happy for Maroon, given all that he did for this city. That will never be forgotten regardless of what happens next.
The Backes buyout offered almost no relief for this season, to your point. So, yes, to create cap space that would be the route to go. David would get the Wade Redden treatment.
Sure, he can ask. He could also ask for a rocket trip to Mars too, Never hurts to ask.
Well, odds are you will be miserable most seasons.
It would have to be a good pitcher, under control for a while. But with Wong raising his value to peak levels, that is the sort of move I could envision. This team can't count on internal solutions to round out the rotation. Reyes is a permanent question mark at this point.
The front office is asked about bad contracts all the time, in the context of whether it limits the team's willingness to continue spending on free agents.
I wouldn't go that far. If he zips through some seven-inning starts on 90 pitches, then it might be time to feel better about him.
No. He has hit well in bunches, but then he always cools down. So five months into the season this is who he is right now. The Cards hope I'm wrong.
The Cardinals have a thousand outfielders. So Bader will need to hit consistently well to stay in the lineup. With Carlson arriving sooner than expected and Arozarena and Thomas making their case, will either hit or sit.
He got hit in the wrist by a pitch, effectively sidelining him.
I believe we are looking at age-related decline. And if that's the case, then his contract is going to add to the franchise's dead money problem in another two or three years.
Probably. He is the WAR darling at the moment and he does save runs in the field. Let's see who comes through and fails in September when the games are more important.
No question, dead money has prevented some spending. DeWitt counts the dead money toward the budget, so when you pay guys to play elsewhere or to sit on the bench, that limits further moves.
Miller is probably the first guy up. Then Gant and Brebbia. But they all have had their rough outings, due in part to heavy use.
On the player development side, you put 30 prime candidates into the blender and try to come up with, say, 10 guys for your big league.Then you fill gaps with free agency or trades. There is lots of failure on the player development side, too, but those guys never get to the big leagues so you don't notice it. Neither avenue is guaranteed, but on the player development side the odds are more favorable as long as you start with a good enough and big enough group. Out of a big pile, odds are you will find some keepers.