Join Jeff Gordon for his live STL sports chat at 1 p.m. Friday

Join Jeff Gordon for his live STL sports chat at 1 p.m. Friday

Bring your Cards, Blues, Mizzou, SLU and MLS questions and comments, and talk to columnist Jeff Gordon in his weekly live chat.

    Bobo's here and we have some ballplayers. Let's go!
    Look Gordzonga! You and TT and JT make good points in your podcast! Pietrangelo was like 3 players in 1. I am starting to think Army should have made greater exceptions for him. Berube has a lot to figure out now! I think Army May have been a little over reactive now. Perunovich is highly regarded almost a clone of Krug! So now what to do with him? He cannot be happy! And that angers fans when you have a Perunovich or a Luke Voit and you do not endeavor to give them an honest and fair opportunity! It's painful to fans to know more then the GMs of the sports world! Very frustrating!
    It will be interesting to see what happens with Perunovich now that Krug is in place. Perhaps Scott could be groomed to replace Dunn if Vince reaches the bigger-earning years in his career and the Blues opt to spend the money elsewhere. In the salary cap world every team will need to have a  number of good young players on entry-level deals to make the numbers work. This the why Armstrong is pushing for Kyrou to get his chance to play now -- he could a be a nice low-cost piece for the next few seasons until he gets the arbitration hammer.
    I kind of get the feeling that Petrangelo wasn't a bad Captain but maybe Not the kind that inspirers others so much. I think Army says it's a group effort. But ROR will be amazing don't you think?
    O'Reilly was the catalyst who elevated the Blues to Cup contention. He came in and changed the team dynamic. Maroon did a lot of good in that regard as well. That's not a knock on Alex, it's just pointing out that the team's leadership group grew during the Cup run. Now other players will have to step up, besides O'Reilly, with Pietrangelo gone and the well-respected Alexander Steen running out of playing days.
    Just wondering why you consider Bortuzzo a part time player? He had to be part time last year because we got Faulk. He's a good nasty defenseman you don't think he can play bigger minutes a larger role?
    I'm a big fan of Robert Bortuzzo, but he has never played more than 72 games in a season and he's never averaged more than 15 1/2 minutes per game. Faulk filled a Top 4 defensive role here while Robert has been the No. 6/7 guy for the bulk of his time in St. Louis. Bortuzzo is a third-pairing guy who's battled injuries and also suffered his share of healthy scratches. Perhaps this season he will prove capable of shouldering a bigger workload.
    Cards got sign waino and yadi and extend wong. Moving edman to second is ok but then there would be glaring hole at 3rd base. Carp is not thr answer
    In that scenario, Edman plays a lot of third base. If the National League has the designated hitter, Matt Carpenter would get some at bats there and take one more stab at reviving his offense. If there is no DH, then Matt would likely move in and out of the lineup as the extra guy.
    Bobo,

    Nelson Cruz is looking for a 2 year deal, but he probably won't cost that much. Could he be a good stopgap for some of the young talent coming up as well as some of the bad contracts coming off the books?
    If there is a DH in the NL next season, the Cardinals will be more inclined to look for a value-priced bat to add lineup depth. And given the sweeping payroll cuts we will see across baseball, there may be some real value out there. The Cardinals have had mixed success with twilight-year sluggers, but they could get in that market if they can offload salary from their roster.
    I am a big Yadi fan but I must confess that his whining every time something doesn’t go his way is starting to wear thin on me. Besides the money, I believe Yadi wants to keep playing to break Bench’s record for most Gold Gloves. Which is fine, I get that. But when you don’t win at least be a gracious loser. I don’t think Stan or Bob or even Lou would have made a stink about it in the press. There is no doubt Yadi will be in the HOF and eventually wear a Red Jacket but he’ll never have the class of a Bob Gibson or Stan Musial or Lou Brock. Sorry
    Molina's pride drive him to greatness, but it can also make him look pretty silly. In this case the Gold Glove selection process was a math exercise. There was no conspiracy to deny a Puerto Rican an honor. His reaction to the Gold Glove finalists announcemoent gave everybody a glimpse into how difficult contract bargaining with him will become. The Cardinals are looking to cut their pandemic losses and Molina wants to be respected as one of the game's elite catchers. Waht could go wrong?
    Jeff, I was really hoping Doug Armstrong would have made a play for Nikita Zadorov from the Avalanche. I always thought he would have been the perfect pairing with Parayko. Can you imagine skating in the defensive zone and have to stare down a pair of 6’-6” 235 lbs defensemen? I like the Krug signing but I would’ve preferred to have Zadorov even though we would have had to trade to get him. He would have been a lot less expensive too.
    Obviously these two are much different players. Zadorov is a bit of an enigma. Some talent evaluators like him and believe he has more to offer as he matures as a player. Others see a guy who doesn't play to his size consistently enough. So I don't know what to make of him. I was surprised that Armstrong went for Krug, since adding a steady right-shot defenseman instead seemed more logical -- since that would have allowed Faulk, Dunn and Parayko to bid for bigger offensive roles while giving Perunovich a chance to work his way into that picture. As I've noted before, the Krug signing could lead to an addtional adjustment or two to the defensive core once things settle (or don't) whenever play resumes.
    I’ve read in these chats where we just need to get through the 2021 season and then Carp and Fowler and their $35M combined salaries come off the books. Also, doesn’t Mike Leake’s contract come off the books now and if so what is the savings there? Are there any other players who are not playing for the Cardinals that we are still paying for?
    I believe the Cardinals are free of dead money. Mike Leake and Brett Cecil would have collected $11.625 million in 2020 had the pandemic not hit Our National Pastime. Now they are off the books. Carpenter and Fowler could actually cost $37 million, since Carpenter has a $2 million buyout for 2022. Ouch!
    Gordo, giving CMart an F was a bit harsh, don’t you think? He did have Covid and was injured.
    He wanted to come back from COVID-19 as a starter. He took his time preparing to return as a starter. And then he was an utter disaster as a starter. Maybe he would have salvaged his season by staying healthy, but he didn't. It's hard to cut him slack there because conditioning has long been an issue with him. Now it appears the Cardinals are ready to turn the page on him.
    If Molina signs for two years would the Cardinals package Knizner in a deal for a bat? Don’t get me wrong, I love Yadi but if we are stuck with the DH going forward wouldn’t it be advantageous for the Cards to DH Yadi a couple times a week and play Knizner? If Yadi wants to play two more years it just stands to reason he is going to need a few more days off than he’s gotten in the past.
    If there is a DH again next season, it's possible Molina could get some at bats there if he re-signs here. That would also depend on how much offensive depth the team has. Molina doesn't want to ever leave the lineup, but it's only going to get harder for him to deal with nagging injuries when baseball gets back to the 162-game grind.
    Not that I have a dog in this fight but if the White Sox want to hire a 76 year old manager to oversee the young talent they have so be it. Someone who could potentially be around 5-7 years or more. Tony’s had a great career in baseball, but this is just another case of a long line of sports figures who don’t know when to say when.
    Maybe, but look at the job Dusty Baker did with the Houston Astros. I scratched my head at that hire, but he turned out to be the perfect fit. As for TLR and those kids in Chicago . . . well, that would be interesting. Tony has had a lot of success with Latin players, so like BedFred said, this could make sense.
    If you could take back one of Mo’ s recent trades going as far back as Gonzales for ONeill, which one would it be and why?
    You hit the one that leaps out. Gonzales was injury-prone during his time here, but the Cardinals always liked his makeup. As he has proven in Seattle, he would have been a nice fit in this rotation. Tyler O'Neill may yet make it as a big league outfielder, but he arrived at a time when the Cardinals had a big stack of young outfielders -- including some with power. Luke Voit (slimmed down) and Randy Arozarena (muscled up) waiting until leaving the organization to make key improvements, so those deals are harder to second-guess. Pitching is precious and Giovanny Gallegos has become a key bullpen piece here and Matthew Liberatore could bolster the rotation within the next few years.
    You said that the Cards will give Carpenter another stab, but how many stabs does this guy get? Aside from his 2-month heater in ‘18, his numbers across the board have been declining since 2017. How much data does a data-driven team need?
    The data that matters is this: He's under contract for at least one more year. So he will get one more shot to earn that salary. Once he gets into that final contract year, then the Cardinals will be more willing to eat the remaining dollars if he fails.
    Wow someone put a pacifier in Yadis mouth. I think he hurt his chances at a good contract. Let him walk. They have Knizer who has earned a chance, Jose Godoy 25, Julio Rodriguez 23 and Ivan Herrera in the Minors. There are plenty of catchers out there like a Stephen Vogt (LH bat who hits for power). Save the 25 million for 2 years that Yadi boo boo wants and invest in a 4 and 5 bat. And no I don't buy it that Waino goes with him.
    Like I noted earlier, this Instagram outburst reminds us that he will NOT be easy to re-sign.
    Hi Jeff. I look forward to your chats more than any other. Thanks for being you. First, two questions about the recently passed great columnist of Minneapolis, Sid Hartman. 1. Did you know him and do you have any Sid Hartman stories? 2. Are you planning to see be writing for publication columns when you also are 100 years old?
    3 Speaking of last week's chat, being from Detroit, how can you neglect the wrestler Dick the Bruiser when you cited great and fun wrestlers? He moved to Indianapolis in my childhood. and I was a great fan. What a fun entertainer!But he always claimed Detroit as his starting point.
  • I have seen Sid around over the years, since he was a fixture at Twin Cities events. He is a freak of nature. It's hard to live that long eating press box food.
    I love Dick the Bruiser and his whole "never been pinned" aura. As a Detroiter, we got those Indianapolis TV shows. The Bruiser eventually made his move back into the Motown market when The Original Sheik's promotion started to fade. I loved the Indy crew with Bobby Heenan, Blackjack Lanza, Blackjack Mulligan and the rest. But . . . for me, the Bruiser doesn't quite reach the Pantheon. The same goes for Harley Race, who ruled this regionf or a long time before getting his WWE turn. I got to meet Harley several times, dating back to my days in St. Joseph in the 1980s.
  • So what cards would be on trade block? Cmart and maybe an OF? Andrew miller has full no trade clause
    The only team that would want Andrew Miller and his salary would be a big-market contender. If the right team came calling for him, Miller might look at that if he figured the Cardinals were going to struggle. Andrew loves the postseason stage. Otherwise, trading Carlos Martinez is the obvious path to payroll reduction and he might be able to fetch some offense in return. If Wong signs a team-friendly extension, he would likely want no-trade protection. Otherwise, why would he sign? And as you look at the rest of the roster, there is lots of young pitching the Cardinals should keep and a few high-paid veterans no other team would want
    I get that the team took losses and I understand that there are a lot of contracts coming to an end in '21 for players at the end of the careers, for those reasons I accept that payroll might not go up. But the $18.5 million they are paying Carpenter is a DeWitt/Mo problem and I don't want to hear about it factoring in to spending. It is the worst contract Mo has handed out, and that is saying something these past 6 years, it was completely unnecessary and we know DeWitt signed off. Without that deal they would have saved themselves $6MM this past year and they'd be done with him now.
    Yes they would. But no, DeWitt is not going to pretend that Matt's money is not there when he sets the 2021 budget.
    Gordo,if you were Mo,what would be your top dollars for Yadi and Waino?
    I believe Commish has two years and $25 million as a target for Molina. That seems fair. And I would do the same deal with Wainright again, $5 million with some easy-to-reach incentive bonuses.
    For Shildt to earn an A plus he needs to win the Padres series. Some of his moves were questionable in that series. An A is sufficient because of the regular season and how he navigated it.
    Getting that team into the bracket was almost miraculous. Even winning a game against the superior Padres was a big deal, too, in my opinion.
    Any chance the Cards look to move Mikolas if he bounces back in the spring?
    Sure, but good luck with that. Teams across the game will be looking to slash payroll. Three more years at $17 million a year . . . in baseball's pandemic economy, those are huge dollars. In normal times those are big dollars. Perhaps if Miles in razor-sharp for a month or two contending teams will be willing to buy into his rebuilt arm if the Cardinals would some of the contract as the team did with Mike Leake. But if he's pitching well, why pay him to pitch somewhere else?
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