I imagine the Angels would much rather have Albert Pujols than Matt Carpenter, so that deal makes no sense for that franchise. Then there is the distinct possibility that there will be no DH in the National League this season, so that could rule out Albert's swan song here.
Once those guys are turned out, they are free agents. If you trade for them now, you would have to go to arbitration with them. I'm sure the Cardinals are eager to see the non-tender list.
Arenado is unlikely to opt out of his contract, which means he will make $35 million in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024, then $32 million and $27 million in his last two contract years. So there is no evening up the money. Arenado turns 30 in April, so you're looking at the downside of career from 2023-26. And he plays the one position where the Cardinals have some long-term offensive promise. So there are a lot of reasons why the Dodgers look like a way better trade fit.
Sure, that could happen. Plus both teams are in "win now" mode and the Cardinals are looking at an iffy 2021 season.
I don't believe Andrew Knizner had a ton of trade value right now. Why not keep him and see what happens with Molina in that scenario? Injuries will become a bigger issye for Yadier with each passing month. He has become a workout freak, but his body has taken a beating.
That team was overmatched, as expected. The fact they only had to play 60 games limited their suffering. They had six- and seven-game losing streaks in there, but they would have experienced worse had they played the full 162-game schedule and hit their inevitable wall in July or August. Can Mike see the project through and get them back into the hunt or will he simply set the table for the next guy? Next season may tell a lot.
She certainly paid her dues and earned a lot of respect in the game. And it's not like she will be out of her element dealing with other GMs. Many of these executives come out of the business/analytics world. Executives these days are all about creating the right process within the baseball operation.
Well, there was evidence he gambled on his own team. And even with the acceptance of legalized gambling in pro sports these days, wagering on your own team's games will be an issue.
I believe he will get a multi-year deal from somebody. Clearly several teams are in the mix for him. The market may not be defined until teams decide with players to go to aritration with and which players to turn out.
Arenado, because he is under contract and I do not see him opting out of his deal. So at least the team would control him for a while. Lindor I see heading to free agency and signing elsewhere. But I don't see either as a great fit here for the reasons we go over every week.
Sure, if the Dodgers swing a deal for either Bryant or Arenado. But I believe he might be more attracted to the Giants, if there would be mutal interest.
The Cardinals have five outfielders . . . and none with much trade value. Other than Carlos Martinez, there is not an obvious trade chip on this team. There isn't much in the way of surplus. At some point they might deal from their stack of young pitching again, but right now the preferable trade chip is Martinez. The team is currently looking to subtract payroll, not add it, so I don't expect movement until later when a buyer's market could emerge with a lot of solid veterans out of work. If the non-tender market is going to be as large as expected, that could create a real opportunity. But we can only guess who might land in that market. Also, DeWitt has made it clear that he wants to be able to project his 2021 revenue before he sets his final '21 budget. Right now he can only guess how much the COVID-19 vaccine progress will help his gate.
If I had to guess, I would say both will return. Even if they don't return, don't hold your breath waiting for a big offensive signing.
Shildt is willing to bench veterans when he has better options. Last season he lacked options -- only three regulars hit better than .250. Fowler hit .233 and that was sixth-best among regulars or semi-regulars.
The Padres picked Allen Cordoba in 2016. He had some initial success at the big league level in 2017 before reality hit. He spent the past two years stuck back at the advanced Class A level and is currently listed on the roster of the immortal Armarillo Sod Poodles. Injuries and a car wreck helped derail his development and he fell off the Padres' 40-man roster. The Giants plucked Luis Perdomo in the Rule 5 Draft after the 2008 season, then lost him to the Padres on waivers the next spring. He had some success in San Diego before washing out.
That was a budget decision. The Cardinals are slashing payroll, if you haven't noticed.
This team played young guys last year. O'Neill hit .173, Carlson hit .200 and Bader hit .226. O'Neill and Bader have had mutiple chances. Thomas only played a bit, but he appeared utterly befuddled both at the plate and in the field. Shildt's mandate is still to make the playoffs, so Fowler will get some at bats, at least for a while, if he is hitting. But like I said earlier, I would expect the team to phase him out unless all the other options are worse.
The Padres traded away several prospects last summer while they were in "go for it" mode. I don't believe they have anything especially attractive exposed -- and rebuilding teams are more likely to shop the Rule 5 market than the Cardinals, who are less likely to be in position to keep a raw prospect on the big league roster for a year. They need proven offense on their bench and they already have a ton of young pitching they will be running back and forth from the minors.
No, because there was zero sign of fan unrest at the gate. Now, after the pandemic, business is going to be rough. How rough? We have no idea.
Hiyo! On that note, we bid adieu. See you in two weeks.