Third base will determined later, with the DH issue factoring into that. I see the Cardinals lining up alternatives from the low-cost veteran pile while easing Carpenter into the sunset.
Goldschmidt has helped drive the Cardinals into the last two postseasons after the three-year absence, so there is no regret with that trade. The Marcell Ozuna trade is a whole other matter. The Cardinals paid a huge price to rent the big fellow for two seasons.
He's a good player for sure and this this team did create a leadoff need. That would be fine as long as the team added middle-of-the-order heft too.
That will be a better question for Mr. Goold. There hasn't been much concrete info on either player.
Given the damage wrought by the pandemic -- along with Bryce Harper's inability to lift the Phillies into the postsason -- I imagine there is less than no regret about not spending $330 million on that play.
A lot of people won't go to games. And that was going to be the case anyway due to the pandemic. Once life returns to normal, then the Cardinals will have to make moves that reenergeize their fan base. Right now the front office is more focused on balancing the books.
In a word, yes. Sign stealing is part of baseball and everybody in the sport knows that. That is one of the many ways players, coaches and managers seek to gain an edge. Obviously some teams got carried away with their technology on that front. But the moral outrage expressed by some players, media types and fans was over the top. The fact that Hinch and Cora got jobs after taking a year off was hardly a surprise.
The Cardinals never say they are the Yankees of the NL because they never, ever, EVER say they are going to rank No. 1 or No. 2 in payroll.
Mildly surprised, yes. The young outfielders have not progressed since 2018, when they are all trending in the right direction. The team went "all in" with his approach and it clearly failed.
At least baseball is edging away from wide use of the "opener" model because of the bullpen wear and tear it created. Against all odds, that strategy burned up a lot of relievers.
Franchise values are just a guesstimate, really, because a team is only worth what somebody will pay for it. And teams are seldom sold, so how do we really know? We have comparables, but sometimes a billionaire who really wants a team will overpay to get one. As for game day revenue estimates liike Forbes makes, they are based on obvious metrics like paid attendance, ticket prices, suite rental prices and concession prices. There is not a lot of mystery with those numbers.
Jedd was a nice player last year, no? He is exactly the sort of stopgap hitter I can see this team looking at. Guys like him will have little bargaining power in this market.
Firing a hitting coach isn't all that expensive in the grand scheme of things. There were a lot of factors that worked against Albert this season -- COVID-19 hiatus, brief ramp-up time after the hiatus, small sample size of the season, inability to work on hitting before or between or before games, the COVID-19 shutdown, the fatigue created by doubleheader after doubleheader . . . there are a lot of factors working against hitters. Ask the Cubs about that.
To be determined. Dexter Fowler again? Tommy Edman again? Player to be added later? We shall see.
Managers all seem to do that. Mike Shildt leans on guys very hard too. They just have to play the matchup game. Managers have all that data and the urge to act on it. Ask Blake Snell about that.
There's another guy who has some power but not a lot of leverage in the flooded market. We could probably come up with 30 names. These guys must be hoping against hope to see the DH in the NL again.
The DH is a bargaining chip and there will be a much work to do between owners and players on return-to-play protocol for 2021. I would't rule out seeing the DH next season, for the reason you mention.
Because he has a contract paying him $18.5 million. So the team will at least take one more look at him just in case he experiences a hitting epiphany over the winter.