They do not. Knizner is the backup catcher. Herrera on the horizon.
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That is a question I have. They are hesitant for sure.
That's the point of the poll. To see what direction fans consider. It wouldn't be much of a question if I asked who the best shortstop of the group was. That's why I didn't.
I do not, no. I think the Cardinals are able to multitask.
That certainly was his comments going into the offseason. He was frustrated with his season, seeking answers for ways he could improve, and looking to coaches and the front office for suggestions on what to work on this winter to slingshot into spring and reclaim his hold on the shortstop position. He's competitive. Wouldn't get to where he is without that trait.
I actually think it has for a good 24-32 hours. Maybe even 48.
I don't think there's baggage there -- good, bad, indifferent -- but there is the size of the contract, the qualifying offer, and the bidding-war coming with other teams -- all things that the Cardinals traditionally avoid even when there isn't another alternative that may be a better fit. And now there are alternatives that could be better fits ...
Moves can continue to happen. There's no freeze on rosters at this point. All that happened in the past day or so was the end of the 60-day injured list. It trust that you're referencing decisions when it comes to protecting players for the Rule 5 draft. The Cardinals might reduce their 40-man roster by one, but even then will have some difficult calls to make. They won't be able to protect all of the players who would be considered a prospect internally.
Clapp is set to return at first base coach with a new, multi-year contract and a raise, according to multiple sources. Schumaker is on a one-year deal -- though it could be extended to multiyears. This just gives him the flexibility, not the team, really. Clapp and Schumaker are both going to be interviewed in the coming years for openings at manager. Schumaker is widely considered, throughout the industry, as a rising "prospect" at manager, and he's one that players talk about being someone they'd like to see given a chance to manage. That's going to happen. The past three bench coaches for the Cardinals have gone on to manage ...
That is their intent, yes. That is what they've said. That is what they plan to do. That is what they learned as they adjusted the pitching staff and went with the pitchers they got, and that is why they resigned McFarland, have interest in Garcia, and are going to use that as a guide this winter.
Jordan Walker. No question.
I checked on this in October. And I was told they are ongoing, and they are still being considered. Some of the changes could be made within a few months of the start of the season, and the stadium ops folks were putting together their budget for the coming year just a few weeks ago. They are exploring not just the cost of moving in the walls in some areas, but the process, and the purpose. One element of the studies is whether there would be unintended consequences, and they can look to the results from other teams for information. "Under consideration," was the phrase that I got when I last asked about it. And I will be asking again.
That's the process of arbitration. It's meant to grow salaries, by design. It follows a curve of inflation, in a way. But that's not the only way a player gets a salary. Take John Gant. He's a free agent, and that takes him out of arbitration and puts him in the free market. Players will be non-tendered after a bad year for the purpose of assuring the salary won't rise due to arbitration. So there are levers and pulleys and trapdoors in place for what you suggest -- a bad season can result in a drop in salary. Arbitration is purposefully designed not to be that mechanism.
The Cardinals' view of Gorman, his progress at 2B, and their future plans for him have not changed in the past 24 hours based on an award, just as the Cardinals' plan for Edman did not change when Kolten Wong won the Gold Glove a year ago.