This should be an interesting day. Lots of gloom and doom. Bobo's here, where's all ballplayers?
It should be. He is going to command giant dollars on the market. And the market hasn't been kind to the Cards. That said, the Cards have plenty of spending ability and creating a bullet-proof bullpen could be their most direct path back into postseason play.
Goldschmidt is an interesting case. The Diamondbacks get him for another year after picking up his contract option, but that club doesn't seem positioned to give him a giant contract extension pushing deep into his 30s. That team may be better off dealing him now as part of a rebuild. Would the Cards pay a big price to rent him for a year? Would the Cards gamble by trading for him and offering him a long-term deal? Given the hits this franchise has taken by investing in thirtysomething players, I'd be surprised.
Gorman seems legit. He made the leap to low-A Peoria in his draft year as a teenager, which is huge. He didn't hit for average there, but he hit for power. At his current rate of development, he could be knocking on the door sometime in 2020. That's a crazy expectation, but at this point it seems possible.
I would guess so, because the next two seasons will be really, really hard on his body. What he has done to this point is amazing, but time will keep marching on. Molina doesn't like sitting around and I can't image him ever accepting part-time work just to stay in uniform.
Nope, the party is just getting started.
It wasn't that long ago that we were basking in the "Best Sports City" glow. While the city has serious issues to address -- such a police presence downtown so the area can continue to attract residents and visitors -- there is hope. There are some tech guys investing in the city (even buying the Post-Dispatch building!) and this revived MLS chatter reminds us there are still some heavy financial hitters looking to improve the sports landscape.
Interesting point. Teams are stressing the bullpen more than ever before and Tampa may start a trends of moving away from the starting rotation concept. The game is evolving, so the way we look at numbers must evolve too.
DeJong is a solid No. 6/No. 7 hitter, which the numbers bore out this season. (He hit .317 hitting six, .261 hitting seventh). He should not be a No. 3 hitter and I don't understand why Mike Shildt insisted that he could fill that role. But DeJong is a solid fielder and he does produce runs. He hit .288 with runners in scoring position and just .210 with the bases empty, As for third base, that is TBA. Donaldson will be worth a look in free agency and it will be interesting to what becomes of Moustakas.
Well, that's one way to look at it . . .
Agreed, but there is plenty to clean up. Getting Bortuzzo and Edmundson back on defense will help. A few more games playing together at regular season speed will help, too, as the forwards build more chemistry. The Blues struggled with their zone exits against the smothering Jets and that kept them from attacking with much consistency. Lots of missed passed out there.
I believe it is worth a look, at the right price, given all the uncertainty with the pitching staff. As I noted in my column earlier this week, the Cards can deploy some of their young starters in the bullpen to shore up the relief corps (a MLB-wide trend) and couple of those guys could use more work at Triple-A.
Steen is playing a third-line role at even strength and a lead role killing penalties, which is fine. He is on the second PP unit and it will be interesting to see if he holds that spot once Fabbri comes back. Although Alexander is willing to put himself in harm's way around the net, I agree that he doesn't add much the attack as a player or shooter at this stage of his career.
It's hard to believe he would go to a terrible team just to keep pitching. And pitching elsewhere would be tough for a guy who has built so many relationships away from the field with his charity work. That's why I've suggested giving him one more year with the mutual agreement that he slides into a non-playing role once he is no longer viable as a pitcher.
This team made a big trade last season and it didn't work out as well as it hoped. It spent $14 million on a reliever who personally doomed them to a third-place finish. So there was commitment to change after last season but it didn't work out. It will be interesting to see how aggressive the front office is this time around. As I wrote this week, I would keep all of the pitching and go from there. Look for an interim third baseman and either find or keep right field protection in case Dexter Fowler doesn't miraculously bounce back.
Not sure about the Carpenter playing 3B thing, but I would also keep Martinez as protection in right field in case O'Neill can't take the final step. A stronger Ozuna, a more durable Wong and progression from Bader would go a long way to helping that scenario work.
I agree that the team should set its annual goal at 100 victories, but that is what will take in this division. That said, DeWitt refuses to go the tank-and-rebuild route that is the new team-building model. As a result, the Cardinals have been more consistently successful on his watch than any other franchise. As I noted earlier this season, to appreciate that, look at the Giants. They were terrible this season and they could be terrible for many years. Now THAT is a fan base that can rightfully expect better.
As noted earlier, Gorman could start moving into range by 2020 if he maintains his development rate. Right now he is well ahead of schedule.