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The Cardinals have recorded 13 consecutive winning seasonss. They have made seven postseason trips in the last 10 years. So John Mozeliak will get an opportunity to clean up his own mess here. He will have lots of low-cost options in a depressed marketplace to fill team offensive needs. And he has stockpiled lots of good, young and inexpensive pitching. That could keep the Cardinals relevant while they cycle out bad contracts in 2021.
The Cardinals reached the NLCS a year ago without Pujols, Berkman and Edmonds. They overcame massive obstacles to make the bracket this season ahead of the Nationals, Phillies and others. What whining fans claim is mediocre here would look very good to fans in other markets
Naturally the Cardinals hope to develop cornerstone hitters, which is why they have increasingly targeted high-ceiling hitting prospects in the draft. Time will tell if that shift will pay dividends with Nolan Gorman and Co. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals play MLB's long-haul comeback from the pandemic damage. There will be opportunities to add proven talent if the Cardinals' revenue returns more quickly and in bigger than numbers than rival franchises. And as we note every week, that 2022 payroll flexibility will be timely and valuable.
Even with his lack of power in the short season, Wong graded out well with Wins Above Replacement. I believe he has a decent shot at getting decent money from a decent team.
Knizner would likely be the starter. He did fine with that. Rather than having him sit around with the big league team getting the occasional start, he got more regular work in the Springfield camp.
I will take a shot in the dark here and say 225 -- even if the NL gets the DH. I just believe management will want to turn that page and use either a younger hitter or a better stopgap hitter the team pulled out of the very large discount bin.
Not a lot of controversy in that group. Flaherty will get the big payday out of the group and obviously I see the Cardinals paying that. John Gant could get some coin on arbitration, too, but I would be surprised if the team would walk away from that unless there was a major health concern. John Brebbia coming back from surgery . . . not sure how the recovery is going there, so that is a potential non-tender. Austin Dean is arbitration-eligible and I'm not sure if the team sees him on the 40-man roster or not. 2020 did not offer much of a look at him.
Actually Mozeliak was up front -- the team lost massive revenues in 2020 and it has no way to project 2021 revenues. So the payroll will shrink until further notice. Like most other teams, the Cardinals will play wait-and-see with the pandemic and where the industry is headed. With most other teams also playing wait-and-see, there will be a LOT of pretty good players unsigned in spring training. Will the Cardinals add offensive help from the outside? Almost certainly, but the who and when and for how much is to be determined. What life will look like in April is to be determined.
Maybe someday that will be true, but that certainly not be true by 2030.
No idea. The original target for him was to be ready in April, but his procedure wasn't until late July so he is still fairly early in his recovery.
If the team wants to stay close to home, Buffalo will be the choice. If it wants to be close to rivals, either the Rock in Newark and Barclays in Brooklyn would make sense. If it looks outside the region, the Sprint Center in KC likely would be easier fit. As the only winter game in town the team would draw. And there would be fewer schedule conflicts.
Fans can assess the product for themselves and decide whether or not to follow the team. There is no smoke or mirrors. This baseball operation is very predictable and consistent. Mozeliak spelled out the reality for 2021. He didn't pretend that the team was going to maintain a payroll at the same level.
There is no question that is a factor. Look at the decreased TV ratings for all of the sports. The sports industry moved a bit more into the background. All of those sports will face rebuilding during the years ahead.
Yes. I expect we will have a vaccine in the spring. That event is so big that is has to go off. There is just too much money invested to push it back again or cancel it altogether.
The Cardinals need Tommy Edman at third base. If he is forced to play second base -- where he would be fine -- then the team would need to find another third baseman who can provide middle-of-the-order offense.This team has a low bar to clear for that standard.
Surrounding Goldschmidt with better hitters will not help him turn back the clock. He is into his twilight years so I do not expect to see the Arizona version of Goldschmidt again. High-velocity fastballs became tougher for him at the end of his run with the Diamondbacks and that issue continued here.
Something like three years for $22 million to $24 million would seem fair. He has been contacted by multiple teams, so I seem him moving on.
Thanks for asking! Thirteen. That's a big number. Compare that to all other franchises.