The Mets have been talking to him and cost is no object to that team. After Molina signed his deal, Mozeliak said he expected the Cardinals weren't looking to make more than depth moves before camp. He has been bargain hunting -- and bidding against the Mets is no bargain.
That's why teams -- including the Cardinals -- want to see him on the mound for a while before trying to assess his real value.
Not sure where Vegas has the over-under on this team. If a few things go wrong, this team could below .500. If a few things go right, they could win the division by five games. The big question is this: If the team starts poorly, will the Cardinals spend money and prospects to improve? Or will they take the hit and reload in 2022?
I have no idea about that team. There's lots of talk about good young pitching, but how much of it is ready?
The Dodgers have gone into overkill with adding expensive talent. And if anything bad happens with the group, I suppose that team will just spend some more. How would like to be a Diamondbacks fan these days?
There was also the issue of his comeback from surgery last year. And the issue of reduced pay. Now we're looking a full season, vaccines and further recovery from surgery. Different scenario.
I can see that. Good call.
Well, Matt Carpenter has played some outfield too if we're going to there.
A lot worked against the Cardinals with Benintendi -- he makes good money, he was hurt in 2020, he declined in 2019 . . . there were issues there. Boston picked up about a third of his salary in this trade, but K.C. gave up some pretty good future prospects.
Ivan Herrera didn't hit well in Mexico this winter, but his work behind he plate got great reviews.
I'm guessing the Cardinals have about had their fill of CMart. If he pitches well, trade him for a hitter before something bad happens, That would be my approach.
Can't help you there. I hit a Lamar's chain store pretty hard when I'm in K.C., but in terms of the great locally-owneds stores here . . . I don't have one. Maybe other chatters can weigh in on that.
The facility at Centene is definitely D-I caliber and the school took that leap on the women's side. That would be fun, no?
I'd bat Goldschmidt third and Arenado fourth, but I have no science to back that up. Just a guy feel.
The Cardinals always have a big pitching staff. Mike Shildt loves his relief parade. I could see a 13-man staff, maybe not all the time, but a lot of the time.
The Cardinals ate Fowler's contract. There's no room in the DeWitt gullet for Carpenter's contract too. So, in a DH scenario, he would get some at bats there. It's not he would blocking another proven hitter from getting at bats. Who else would there be?
Paul Tagliabue set one criteria for picking expansion cities, then used a different one. Amd Roger Goodell had his hands all over that.