I see Torey Krug playing the left side and quarterbacking the first power-play unit. I see right-left balance with the Top 4 of Krug, Marco Scandella, ColtonParayko and Justin Faulk. It's possbile we could two left-shot defenseman on the third pairing with Robert Bortuzzo losing time to either Carl Gunnarsson or Niko Mikkola.
Again, Molina's pride could become a sticking point. I believe the Cardinals really, really want him to finish his career here. But after suffering more than $100 million in losses, there will be a limit to the franchise's loyalty. Also, management could become fearful of a bad ending if he stays. Ozzie Smtih's last year here was rough. Yadier and Ozzie have unreal personal drive. That makes them great. That drive can work against an athlete late in their career.
Actually, we may see the opposite -- heavy ticket discounting and all sorts of concession deals. The impact of this pandemic will linger for years. The days of tickets selling themselves down at Busch Stadium are gone.
Sure, but Jay Bouwmeester wasn't going to play forever and Alex Pietrangelo was unmoved by the prospect of finishing his career as a Blue. So the team moves on. Torey Krug was a nice high-skilled addition at that price, but, as I noted earlier, further defensive adjustments may be needed for the reasons you described.
Bringing those two beloved players back would give the Cardinals something to sell at a time when selling the team could be diffcult.
Not necessarily. He made the swatch to catcher late in his career so he's had time to make the adjustment. As we've seen with Molina, injuries could be an issue if he signs one more deal here. How many games per season will he start? Knizner is due for his chance to be the regular catcher in his absence.
Well, the Rays believe so much in Arozarena that he would have started this season in the minors had there been a minor league season. To Randy's credit, he added muscle this summer and finally showed the sort of power he never did during his lengthy run in the Cardinals farm system. As I noted earler, Voit also waited until after he left this organization to remake his body.
I have no idea what Twins GM Thad Levin is thinking. After the 2019 season there was lots of chatter about the team moving Eddie Rosario for a pitcher. The Twins had some young outfielders in the wings. Rosario stayed and had another solid season -- and I'm not sure what the Twins are looking at this season.
Well, Matt Carpenter saw some DH duty this past year, so seeing Molina there would not be a downgrade.
Given the crowing this team has at forward, Anas looks to be a depth guy. He's tiny and he spent four years in the AHL without getting a NHL whiff. At some point he may go to Europe for bigger coin.
I liked all of the changes, even (I hate to admit it) the universal DH rule even the three-batter relief rule that makes managers think twice about some pitching changes. The tiebreaker worked just fine, despite all the hand-wringing from traditionalists. I like the idea of scheduled doubleheaders with a premium price. Teams might spend years rebuilding attendance and that could be a nice twist to mix into the schedule.
If somebody wants to pay Molina crazy money, I believe the Cardinals would bid him a tearful adieu.
I would DH him here and there, not twice a week if he stays and the DH stays. He will need some days off that are true days off.
We shall see soon enough, but you are correct. This is will be a nuclear winter for players. Teams looking for help -- like the Cardinals, who must add a proven outfield bat -- could find real bargains without having to sifting through a dumpster to find it.
The Canadian division makes sense for the border crossing issue. Also, it would be a nice one-season twist for those teams. I'd like to see a 50- to 60-game season at least, even if it means playing into August. Otherwise it will be hard to keep the business going.
The Rays are the envy of baseball because they've only had one terrible season (2016) while constantly churning their roster to squeeze maximum payroll efficiency. I'm sure other owners, including Bill DeWitt Jr., have noticed that. I would expect the Cardinals to adhere more rigidly to the draft-and-develop method coming back from the pandemic. There weren't be dollars to spend on middling (at best) free agents and twilight-year veterans.
At this point if those guys can't stick in the majors they will likely move on to other teams. I see Bader lasting a while here with his glove, since at worst he is a useful fourth outfielder. O'Neill has improved so much defensively that he could stick as a extra guy as well -- although hitting as a part-tme is tricky.
Letting Wong go would be stupid, since he was the team's second-best position player by Wins Above Replacement and his $12.5 million club option isn't onerous. He might be willing to take a lower annual average to get a multi-year extension, which would make him an even better value. Beyond Carlson, there are no young hitters positioned to play in 2021, so any upgrade will have to come via a trade (Carlos Martinez!) or a value addition. And, yes, Molina could price himself out if another team is actually willing to pay a premium for him in this economy.