I didn't say the Cardinals shouldn't pursue Ramirez or anybody else. I was saying he is not their greatest need. This isn't Fantasy Ball here.
The Cardinals, on the basis of how they finished their regular season when they played well on both sides of the ball, didn't see the need for any upheaval. They didn't require a fresh voice other than a different one in their own organization. .
Those names would be worth researching. Hard to say what the Cardinals would have to give up but the A's aren't likely to take on too much payroll.
Before Kolten Wong became a free agent, I don't think his offense was in that much question by the Cardinals. They just didn't want to pay him $11.5 million instead of $11 million less for Edman, whom they considered a reasonably similar player.
The Cardinals actually did quite well when Knizner started and had many shutouts when he was catching. He did not hit well, though, but few backup catchers do because they rarely play.
Tough to call but I would say Molina because he has to spent most of the game squatting. At their best, neither was very fast although Reitz had the body of somebody who should have been able to run.
Let me see if I have this right. You want the Cardinals to tank for three years? You can pull that off in Houston, where baseball rarely has been the No. 1 sport. You can't pull that off here where the Cardinals are by far the No. 1 sport (of two).
Dizzy Dean wasn't a lefthander. That was Tudor's category. Hornsby hit .400 several times. He wins as best righthanded hitter, but not of this time. Don't know about Gorman.
I'm OK with Lester on a one-year deal, failing to secure somebody younger.
The trouble with those polls is that Alabama started No. 1 and Michigan State started out of the rankings. It's hard to make up that much ground until later in the year.
Both pitchers are free agents. The Cardinals should be interested in both. Without their help, that 17 in a row doesn't happen. Other teams are expected to have interest now, too, after pretty much nobody else did this past summer.
Yes, technically, you're correct. The Mets had asked for permission to talk to Girsch, valued highly for his work on contracts and ability to track potential free agents during a season, but that Girsch had declined the opportunity. So there were no conversations.
I don't know. That hasn't been the safest area, to be sure, but the team wasn't very interesting for a while, either.
Sosa had 17 homers and a .291 average as a regular at Memphis in 2019 but I think he was deemed to be in that "utility" category.
Harper has grown up a lot after being rushed to the majors before he was mentally and emotionally ready for it.
If you got to see some of the old equipment, like gloves, etc., you probably would have a better time.
DeJong could be a good fit for the Astros, or many other clubs. He probably shouldn't hit No. 4 anymore.
The communication between coaching staff and players would continue uninterrupted because they're all part of the union.
One pitcher of some repute, a lefthanded hitter of note who could be a DH, backup first baseman and possible spare outfielder and to take care of the half dozen of so arbitration players the Cardinals have, including O'Neill, Gallegos, Bader. Hudson, Flaherty and Reyes.
There would be zero chance of signing both.
I can see all of them but maybe Edman winning. Wong is the defending champion. Bader, O'Neill, Goldschmidt, Arenado I feel good about.
I haven't talked to Carp about it. Maybe the Angels had a better deal, either financially or job description-wise.
One of the first 50 managers of the St. Louis Cardinals always will be a public figure.
You're right. Jay has been one of the best. But, sometimes, the Mets have had trouble getting out of their own way elsewhere at the front office and ownership level.
But that's also where the money is--for everybody. Throwing more strikes, or pitches that are called strikes, at least, would help speed up the game, however.
I don't think the MLBPA is that concerned with how long the games are lasting.