Yes, there was some bad money spent but you know the Cardinals aren't the only team guilty of this. The Cardinals' mistakes were in giving up on some prospects whom they traded and not having enough depth either in their pitching or their offense to withstand inevitable injuries. As for the money you say was wasted. it has to be some $200 million but Fowler had a couple of good years and Miller had one. And Holland was bad enough that Hicks became the closer.
I notice you didn't mention the pitching. That's where it starts. Some of the others just have to play better. But you were on target in some of your observations. You can't fire all the players, however.
Way too late. That Cole Hamels signing didn't work out too well for the Dodgers, by the way.
And they'll lose Baez to free agency in a few months anyway. Two thumbs down on that deal.
Tudor is living in Georgia and Herr still in Pennsylvania. Both pretty much retired, I think.
There will be coaching changes, almost certainly. Not a complete upheaval, I think, but some of significance.
Reyes has the arsenal of a starter and probably doesn't need four pitches to be a closer. But what's going on here? Has he blown four saves? Or 40?
I think everybody in the organization is quite satisfied with Edman, especially the past month or so. He's a regular player--potentially at several positions.
I think most players realize they should take care of their own business and look inward first before blaming anyone else.
The improved offense would come from Arenado and Carlson and DeJong, if he is here. Not that Carlson had a bad year because he didn't but he will get even better.
They're on the pension from their first day in the majors. But their payment depends on how many years they are on the plan, up to 20 years, and when they choose to start taking it (earliest age 45).
Maybe Liberatore. Nobody else.
Hard to say. But the Cardinals don't have much of value to trade off their current club other than DeJong and Bader.
I would think Rick Horton is the top candidate. Mike Claiborne will be more involved, too.
Reyes could use a little break from the ninth-inning crunch time. But not five weeks' worth. He would be back as the closer.
But you don't know yet If Sosa is a regular player or not. Or that DeJong is not. You already know they need starting pitching. That is more obvious.
It shouldn't. He always could finish up more games that he hasn't started.
That certainly could be a part of it. The starters haven't been good enough to go deep enough, with one notable exception.
I think it's become fairly evident.
Shildt has said Sosa is his shortstop for now because "he has the hot hand."