I'm not in the position to anoint. I report -- and that's what reporting is suggesting.
Again with the traded! Goodness. There is nothing wrong with having multiple good players on a team. It is OK. Yes, Edman would move into a super-utility role, and there is plenty of at-bats for that role, and plenty of time at second base for that role because Gorman can spell Arenado at third base when Arenado is at DH and Gorman can play second when Edman plays shortstop as a lefthanded option there, and Gorman can play first when Goldschmidt is the DH, or Gorman can be the DH and voila! Edman is still at second base. Versatility rules these days. Edman has it. Cardinals would really like to keep it and develop it.
I don't know yet. The Cardinals have competition for the moves they want to make because other teams want to win too. Well, some teams do. The Cardinals, internally, are really optimistic about the coming season. There is a sense within the clubhouse that with one or two moves they could be the clear division favorite and one of the better team sin the NL. They feel like the opportunity is there to be a favorite going into the season and play like it. There's as much optimism within the walls of the team as I've heard in awhile.
Yes. Most recently, Dexter Fowler.
Not top, but part of the group atop the list. They're looking at a group of starters, and that's why they're optimistic they'll be able to get one that appeals to them, at the price that does, too. Closer is Giovanny Gallegos at the moment. They're not likely to spend high dollar on a name closer when they can get a righthanded reliever for high-leverage spots without having to pay for saves he got elsewhere.
I wouldn't report that it was if I couldn't confirm that it was. That would be dishonest and jeopardize the trust readers have in the coverage.
I don't see why Miami would be motivated to make that trade. They have the chance to utilize that talent to contend in the NL East, not be a farm system for some other teams.
That still hasn't changed during the course of this chat. We still have a few hours, so maybe it does during that time. I'll let you know.
It would seem that way, yes. I hope they would have learned from that. But instead it just seems to have both sides dug into their camps deeper. Baseball is at a fragile point. The country, emerging from a pandemic, will turn to baseball next spring expecting to see it there, not empty fields. And the risk to both sides will be significant if they aren't there for the fans, and fans go elsewhere.
That was replaced by the sudden firing of the manager. So, no.
Not one that they have identified as being appealing because of the ask by the other team. Free agents are more appealing, sources have said.
Both sides expect the DH in the NL in 2022. The Pujols question was explored earlier in the chat. It's not a match for the roster unless nostalgia is the goal.
Yes. That's been the purpose of the coverage on this site and elsewhere -- to inform the fans of the REASONS for the dismissal.
The 17 consecutive wins? Yeah, that isn't likely to happen again. The style of play, the superb defense, the execution, and just how they went about games -- that's real. That's what they're capable of, and that's what they showed. They won 17 in a row because some of the teams they played were just not that good. The Cubs were not good. The Padres were a mess at the time. The Mets were in disarray. The Cardinals got 17 consecutive wins in part because they were the more fundamentally sound team on the field -- but they played each of those games so sharp and so well that it's what should be expected of them going into 2022. That's not pyrite. That's their potential.
I haven't gotten the sense that the Cardinals have power-ranked the pitchers in that fashion. Their approach is more to assign a value/salary to the pitchers and then see who they can sign for closest to that in-house target, knowing that the offer will be above that because, hey, that's free agency. They may have a power-ranking of pitchers -- a wish list that ranks who they really really really want to get -- but I'm not privy to it, sorry, and haven't been able to uncover it through reporting. The answer I continue to get is that they see multiple options to pursue that they think will help them.