In this economy? No. I see the Cardinals hanging on to every last one of their good prospects with the hope that they will have low-cost performers for the seasons to come.
Had the Cardinals not extended Goldschmidt after trading for him before the 2018 season, Harper might have been an interesting target. But would DeWitt ever sign off on a 13-year contract on a free agent? I would be very, very surprised. But, yes, you can argue that money he has been willing to spend on older or lesser targets has not bee well-spent.
When you look at the numbers Bader and O'Neill put up in the minors for a longer period of time -- plus the numbers they put up early in their MLB careers -- it's easy to see why Arozarena fell behind them in the pecking order. That said, like Mozeliak said, the team needs to do a better job assessing their own player. Clearly Randy found something in 2019 after some middling production over multiple minor league seasons.
I have no problem with that, as I explained earlier. They did their time, paid their price, and they deserve to continue their career. Has anybody ever managed a big league team that didn't steal signs?
Well, the team was ready to take on all that Giancarlo Stanton money. Maybe at the time Mozeliak figured the guy who use his opt out, but the team did extend itself on that front. But for the most part your analysis is correct.
Like I always say in these chats, I am the wrong guy to ask about that lawsuit. I spend zero time on that.
Given the flat cap and his rough 2019-20 season, Faulk has no trade value these days, Few teams have cap space to use and those that do are looking to save money while retooling. So I expect the Blues to expose Faulk in the expansion draft so they can protect other D-men. Down the road, if his play improves, his value could increase.
Nobody is giving the infield a pass on offense. This team could use more power out of third base. DeJong, when he is hitting homers, profiles fine at shorstop. This season he lacked power. Wong had a nice Wins Above Replacement number this year thanks to his defense and on-base percentage -- and now he's gone. So infield offense is very much an issue.
As I often note, DeWitt plays a huge role in the big baseball decisions -- the ones that turn out well and the ones that don't. He is hands on, especially on the big-dollar plays.
It would have been nice to have a Triple-A season so some of these guys could have gotten a bunch of minor league at bats in addition to some fill-in work with the Cardinals. Look at what happened with Thomas -- the season was a complete disaster for him. There might be something there, but the little we saw was rough. As Arozarena proved while breaking out at 25, you don't want to give up on a guy too soon.
Ivan Herrera is the top guy, although he has just a bit of exposure at the advanced Class A level. He has hit .309 in the minors, mostly at the developmental levels. He is not a big guy, but scouts love the exit velocity off of his bat. His fielding skills stand out as well. Godoy is a older guy, a depth guy. Edgardo Rodridguez, who came from the Rays in the Arozarena trade, is a high-ceiling hitting prospect who could end up in the outfield. Julio Rodriguez is an older guy signed as an international free agent. Sure enough, he has been a mature hitter in the minors. Not sure of where his ceiling is.
OK, that's it for this time. Thanks for the questions and comments. We'll see you next Friday. Stay safe out there.