I doubt if many other candidates were interviewed. Oli Marmol was the clear favorite going and it made sense to keep it in the organization considering how close the Cardinals feel they are to being prime contenders.
Kyle Schwarber, who finished the season with Boston, would be a good lineup fit as a lefthanded hitter with power who also can walk. I don't see him as a priority item considering the Cardinals need pitching help first and he might be way out of their budget because he'll likely get a multi-year deal somewhere. In today's game, versatile players are important and Schwarber probably shouldn't be expected to play much in the field. He was terribly miscast as a first baseman in the playoffs.
What Shldt said to Mo and why he said it surely will come out at some point but also surely not before Shildt has a job with some other organization.
That was not a strong showing against the Dodgers by Sosa who had just returned to the lineup after being hit by a pitch. Despite his sub .200 average this season. DeJong still is the regular shortstop in my mind although I can see the starting position being up for grabs between the two in spring training if DeJong still is on the club. Now, that will be all the questions we'll take from Paul J. for a while.
Cruz had not been what the Cardinals had hoped for offensively and he basically was sold to Houston when teams did that sort of thing. As history shows us, that was not a good deal.
Really, only Mike Matheny had no experience. Shildt had managed extensively at the minor league level and Marmol managed a few years in the minors, too. The Braves' Brian Snitker had no major league managing experience either before he was hired in Atlanta but he had been a minor league manager and big-league coach for several decades. I don't think previous experience is as important as it used to be. It is less important than being able to combine the best of analytics and the eye test in player and team evaluations.
I think it would be a very bad idea philosophically and image-wise to have another work stoppage. But I don't see this settled before the current contract runs out on Dec. 1. There will be many key issues and the time to become a free agent will be one of them.
I would think a tick down from that tier. The Cardinals don't desperately need a high-priced shortstop. They do need veteran starting pitching help but they won't be offering long, multi-year contracts. Not for pitchers. Not for shortstops.
I think if the Cardinals had won that wild-card game and had advanced, Shildt might still be their manager. But there still would have been differences of opinion, perhaps too large for them to invest in him for the long term.
Ten % is too low. But it might not be much more than 50 %.
You may be right but there generally is very little baseball free-agent activity in normal, non-labor-strife times. I don't see many players of prominence changing teams in the next few weeks. But these are sort of uncharted waters.
I wouldn't think Scherzer would close many doors with this being his final contract so, of course, you would have to investigate. But how many years are you willing to offer? More than two and it wouldn't be happening for the Cardinals.
I believe Mo is signed through 2023. I am not sure about Girsch.
Good question. The acquiring team does not have any more options in which to send a player out without fear of his being claimed on waivers. There is no carryover. For instance, Sosa wouldn't have any more options if he were dealtd somewhere.
Yes, there does appear to be more than just talent involved in this whole process.
I guess Schumaker could be in play as a bench coach if he isn't kept on by Melvin in San Diego. I don't think the Cardinals really pursued Melvin, who may prefer the West Coast anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if Stubby Clapp might be the leading in-house candidate to be bench coach.
I think the pressure is on Mo because he has changed managers when it seemed, on the surface, that he really didn't have to. But, yes, Arenado being happy here is part of the continuing equation, also.
Pitching, especially starting pitching first. Until next spring, you don't really know what you're going to get out of anybody in the proposed rotation other than probably Flaherty and Wainwright. Hudson, Mikolas and Reyes still come with question marks attached.
I don't hear anything about Shildt yet other than I believe he interviewed for the San Diego job. Oakland and the Mets are open and he would be good for either. I would expect all the 2021 coaches to be back, with one to be added, whether it's as a bench coach or somewhere else in the alignment with somebody then being moved to bench coach. These matters will be made clear in the next week or, I presume.