Bobo's here and we have some ballplayers. This should be an adventure today.
Carpenter has been pretty bad for two years now. I don't see him climbing out of the ravine next season. He will get his chance, because of his contract, but there is not much reason for hope. There was a lot of talk about making adjustments, but did anybody see evidence of that?
Yeah, it looks like the Cardinals will wait out the market -- which could be brutal on mid-level veterans this season. I can see them signing a couple of stopgap hitters closer to the spring once the front office has some idea of what the revenues might look like.
Yeah, that was another of those trades the Cardinals would take back. The Greene situation was sad. By the time he got to the Cardinals his problems were pretty severe. I know he's kept a low profile since his playing days and I wonder how he is doing. Hopefully he got the help he needed to get to a much better place.
The Cardinals will be rid of some big contract issues by 2022. Will they spend money? Yes . . . if the revenues are coming back. Right now that's a big unknown. We know that 2021 will likely feature limited attendance, even if we get a vaccine somewhere along the trail. As I've noted before, this franchise generated $140 million per year at the gate before the pandemic shutdown.
Actually, the Cardinals front office ignored mountains of data on age-related regression and committed massive dollars to players in their 30s. That made no sense. That mistake explained why they are stuck with lots of unwanted payroll while facing huge revenue losses.
His outburst on social media after the Gold Glove snub reminded is how fierce his pride is. I can see him getting insulted by whatever money the Cardinals are offering. If another franchise comes along offering some money and a chance to win, I could see Yadier making the jump. And, yes, it would be a shame.
The Cardinals could have signed Wong to an extension for lower money in those years. But with a big payroll cut coming, Kolten was an easy place to start because Tommy Edman can play there for minimum MLB wage. When you look at all the productive players getting turned out by their clubs under similar circumstances, you can see that even a moderate $12.5 million salary is seen as burdensome in the pandemic economy.
"Payroll flexibility" in this case means "I have to get to a much lower payroll number for 2021" due to the pandemic. I figure they will make a serious effort to Molina and Wainwright for marketing purposes, but, again, I could another team making a play for Molina.
Again, it looks like Mozeliak has to cut payroll significantly and there are not many places to cut. Nobody wants Dexter Fowler or Matt Carpenter at those dollars or maybe for any dollars. I bet the Cardinals can trade Carlos Martinez and get something, but that's about it. The 2021 season could get ugly.
I believe it's more the latter reason than the former. And like I noted earlier this week, the pandemic circumstances made it hard for hitters to adjust in-season. The Chicago Cubs are a good example of that. They had key hitters struggle all season. The 17-day shutdown had a big impact on the Cardinals too. So there was come cover for Albert. But keeping him is tripling down on a coach that has failed to get the young outfielders over the hump. Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill were on an upward trajectory back in 2018 and they stalled for two years. I don't know that buying a few more teaching gadgets will make a big difference, but we'll see.
That is a huge question I addressed in a column. Krug will replace Pietrangelo's offense and Faulk, Dunn and Parayko have more offense to offer than we've seen thus far. But how do the Blues replace those steady defensive zone minutes? Parayko will have to take a leadership role, but Faulk will have to play much better 5-on-5.
I agree on both claims. So I see the team signing low-cost veterans off the buyer's market to provide stopgap help. At this point it's hard to imagine a big-money play.
It seems simple, doesn't it? If a guy is pitching lights out, leave him in until hitters finally figure him out. So Snell needs to stay in that game. Dave Roberts did the same thing with Clayton Kershaw, but Kershaw wasn't as sharp.
Matt Carpenter might get a minor league deal with a spring training invite in 2022, but I can't imagine a world where any team offers him more than that. The pandemic economy will impact baseball for years and fading veterans will take the hardest squeeze.
I believe your read is correct. Remeber, Doug Armstrong said he left the door open for Alex Pietrangelo after giving all but his last few dollars to Torey Krug. This seems like saying "we'll see be friends" after the breakup.
I haven't tried to do the Cardinals math. That would be better answered by one of the beat guys. I'm guessing they could get to $130 millionfor 2021 pretty easily. We have mentioned $25 million for two years for Molina, but I don't know if that's realistic for either side right now. Wainwright is probably looking at something similar to this year, $5 million plus bonuses.
The Cardinals have been generous with contract extensions on DeWitt's watch, including the previous Molina deal. But now profts aren't king for the Cardinals. The franchise won't see them for a while. Right now the team is just trying to limit losses.
Don't underestimate La Russa. The White Sox are loaded. That could be an interesting scenario.