The Cardinals may be largely the same, with the exception of the addition of Matz. But there will be a hitter, probably lefthanded, and another reliever and perhaps starter added to the mix before the season. The Brewers are formidable but they lost their only real power hitter from last season, Avisail Garcia, to free agency and Miami. Don't forget that the Cardinals should expect to get much more out of rotation members Hudson and Mikolas next year, let alone Flaherty.
As noted, they still will add a pitcher or two (on a lower scale) and have Reyes and Woodford built up to be starter candidates along with Liberatore at Memphis and perhaps even Hicks. In today's baseball, the innings pitched by starters don't matter that much anymore. The better question is does your whole staff have enough depth to cover the innings effectively? That remains to be seen, for sure.
This is where I think a lefthanded hitter like Colin Moran, turned loose by Pittsburgh but an excellent career hitter in Busch Stadium, could help. He can play first and third acceptably and hit with some power. Also Brendan Donovan, who had big years at Memphis and the Arizona Fall League could help depth-wise and maybe Nolan Gorman, too, if he is ready. But you are right. There is a big need for a qualified backup at first and third. The Cardinals thought Carpenter could fill that role last year. He did not, of course, as the offensive stats showed.
Nearly every team has some clubhouse discontent at some point in the season. Whtey didn't/wouldn't worry much about that stuff as long as the effort on the field wasn't affected. And he had the hammer of being both the manager and, in effect, general manager, for his term here, so he could bring in whoever he wanted and get rid of whoever he wanted.
And Merry Christmas to you, too. Shildt would be assisting former Marlins GM Michael Hill in the "on-field" area, covering rules and the like. This is a place to keep him involved in the game until something more to his liking, such as managing, turns up. La Russa also was in the commissioner's office for a while before coming back to join several teams and ultimately returning to managing.
I don't think either prospect is in the cards, so to speak. Those ships have sailed. If I would choose one, it would be Carpenter on a non-roster contract.
If you have any "Where Are They Now" candidates you would want me to research, send them my way.
I do not think it is just you. We scribes aren't too happy about it either.
And happy holidays to you. If there were two more teams, I would be more in favor of four divisions, rather than two, in each league. But I don't see 32 teams in the majors for quite a while, or at least until MLB gets the Tampa Bay and Oakland stadium situations resolved.
If he hadn't said anything this past winter about wanting to be removed from the ballot, he would be a slam dunk this year, which is his last chance. But he did. And he isn't. Schilling isn't liked by some of the voters, clearly. His stats are good enough.
Schwarber fits their profile better because he is a lefthanded hitter. But the Cardinals would like someone to be able to play first and third, too, and Schwarber really can do neither. Castellanos has played third but he will not come cheap.
I can see the Cardinals adding somebody who could start and possibly relieve besides adding a pure reliever. Plus, an offensive player off the bench but that player probably will have to be a lefthanded hitter, eliminating Harrison, for instance. Not that Harrison wouldn't help. He has helped several teams already.
I'm sure you're referring to Arozarena and, yes, so far, that has been an organizational blunder. But all the precincts aren't in yet. We haven't seen Liberatore, who came from the Rays, pitch at the major league level and he has a chance to be quite good.
Maybe. Not that everybody cares about this stuff but the Cardinals will have to pay quite a few hefty raises to arbitration-eligible players like O'Neill, Bader, Gallegos, Reyes and Flaherty.
Health plays a big part in this, relative to pitchers like Syndergaard, Clevinger and Taillon--and to some degree, Eovaldi. But pitchers like Musgrove and Bassitt and Manaea, too, have proven to quite serviceable.
Hitters get more regular work. Teams aren't often prone to giving their pitchers a lot of extra innings in the AFL on top of their season's output. Hitters aren't treated quite as daintily the clubs.
I have been on the committee that has put Maris on the ballot but I was not on the committee that voted on him and his era in Orlando recently. There were a number of Hall of Famers voting in that election and it was a very strong ballot. Now that four of the candidates in Minoso, Kaat, Hodges and Oliva got in, the chances would seem better for Maris and even Boyer the next time around. The next time around for that group, though, is five years from now.
Tommy Edman doesn't have to worry about Gorman swiping his position. After all, he is a Gold Glover. For the moment, Gorman has to show his versatility at third, second, perhaps in the outfield or even at first base. And, of course, hit.
$50,000 seems a little high. You would think Texas would have won more games, wouldn't you?