Herrera will not be here at the start of next season. There won't be any four rookies play 500 games next year for the Cardinals, but rookies will be relied on to some degree. There will be another veteran hitter on hand.
The downtown crime situation doesn't help but a better barometer might be this coming year when ball parks can be at full capacity from the first game. The Cardinals didn't have any real chance at full capacity for the first half of the 2020 season. And they didn't start to play really well until school was back in session.
That's as it stands now, yes.
Gorman is the likely choice here because he excelled with the bat in both Double-A and Triple-A. Next would be the two lefthanded pitchers--Liberatore and Thompson.
I would think that all those could be here sometime in 2022 and very likely in 2023.
Can't tell yet, other than the Cardinals let Plummer go to free agency, not ruling out that they might re-sign him.
Most executives do not spend to the limit in the fall/winter, preferring to have some flexibility for mid-summer moves. You are correct in the Cardinals' case, in that they have to pay Arenado a lot this coming year and there are some huge raises due to arbitration candidates.
I don't see anybody of substance being non-tendered.
You could look at it but I would prefer at least one lefthander who could start.
I tend to look at the entire season statistics and most of them are fairly compelling, except at shortstop and perhaps catcher but Molina's values far transcend his mere offense. At any point (s) of the season, teams and players are going to go through slumps. It's how you wind up that matters. I don't have much problem with Edman at second base. You have to factor in his 30 stolen bases and the fact that he was about the only Cardinal to do anything of note offensively in the one playoff game they did have.
The A's are in a rebuild mode so I would be on the phone with them about virtually anything, but especially starting pitching.
They might consider backup catching help but their record with Knizner catching wasn't bad at all. They should expect more offense out of him, though.
Yes, two is the proper answer because there are no guarantees about Mikolas and Hudson. Or Flaherty, either, for that matter.
I don't see any reason to have expectations on Nov. 15--until we see who is on the answer on Feb. 15.
Perhaps but I think the Cardinals are looking for more than a fifth starter for their rotation.
You never rule out Happ and Lester, if he wants to play. But the Cardinals need somebody younger, too.
I can see Hicks trying to develop as a starting pitcher in the minors.
Hendrick was also an outstanding defender. Clark was the bona fide home run hitter. Hard to decide who was more valuable. Both should make their way onto the ballot fairly soon, I would trust, although Clark is hurt by being here only three seasons.
Maybe at times, depending on how demanding a particular part of the schedule will be. They are more apt to use a couple of starters in the same game sometimes.
I don't know where the dodo went but there won't be any more .400 hitters because nobody is trying to be one.