Once again the Cardinals will have to hope that returning players turn back the clock to better or, in the case of younger guys, develop into something more. There are all sorts of challenges after the pandemic shutdown. Subtracting an effective player like Wong and subbing in another potential .220 hitter would only make things worse. But, sure, that could happen given the economics.
St. Louis. Houston can block San Antonio.
Let's see where the dollars and years go with Turner. As a one-year rental for moderate dollars, maybe, but, again, this franchise has been burned again and again and again by dollars spent on guys well into their 30s.
I was here when the Rams moved here. There were no territorial concerns from Kansas City and Chicago that I could think of. As for a future team in the STL, I don't see the NFL expanding any time soon and I can't imagine a current owner moving here. Nor can I imagine a billionaire buying a team and moving here.
He can hire anybody he wants since he is billionaire. But after experiencing 13 consecutive winning seasons and seven postseason trips in 10 years, he is unlikely to blow up the front office and start over -- especially heading into a year of economic retrenchment.
It's fair to wonder about Albert's future. Other hitting coaches have been cashiered under similar circumstances. Goldschmidt improved this season and Molina was a marvel again, but it's hard to find many positives with the rest of that offense. There was hitting regression on many teams due to the pandeimic disruption, but a bunch of these guys struggled last season as well.
That period with all four was very brief and in a much different time. The STL did well with three major teams at the same time around the turn of this century, but now this region is in a different place economically.
The front office always undergoes self-evaluation after a season, win or lose. And some change usually occurs, including field staff and player development changes. The Cardinals have undergone quite a bit of change on those fronts during DeWitt's tenure.
Jose Martinez washed out of baseball this season, so it comes down to Arozarena for Liberatore. Let's see what the pitcher does before juding the trade. Randy hit .289 in his minor league career. He killed in 2019 at Memphis, but he failed at that level in '18. Randy has 84 at bats at the big league level, so let's see where he's at in three or four years.
Parayko, given his age, low NHL mileage, contract status and unrealized potential.
Well, maybe -- but the Cardinals are stuck with high-cost, low-production players with Carpenter and Fowler. There might not be any money to spend with the Cardinals heading into a retrenchment period.
I could cite 15 to 20 examples of very good players the Cardinals drafted after several selected washouts. In fact, this team's draft efficiency is probably the top reason why they have posted 13 consecutive winning seasons and made seven postseason trips in 10 years.
Teams in those big markets have huge revenues and they should aim for titles because they can outspend mistakes. And yet, the Mets, Cubs and Dodgers haven't been better at winning titles than the Cardinals. As for our coverage this year, we've written exhaustively about the team's offensive failure this year.
Who knows what will become of him. He made a bit of progress in 2019, but with no minor league ball this season and far less minor league ball next season, I am not sure he has a future in this organization.
Baseball has turned into a homer-hitting contest with lots and lots of strikeouts. I believe a team with quality and quantity pitching can prevail in the postseason, but that team will need SOME power to keep up.
I believe we will see a DH next season in the NHL. That's an interesting trade idea. Carlos at his money could provide value while Andrew at his dollars is less likely to do so -- but that evens out.
No. The Cardinals are counting on Matthew Liberatore to add to their pitching edge, just as Genesis Cabrera could play a role in that. The Cardinals were very pleased with Liberatore at their Springfield training site.
Given the lack of experience of those two and some of their inconsistency, I can't second-guess that. Shildt was aiming to get the best match-ups possible with a lot of relatively unproven relievers.
This team has a surplus of forwards as it stands today, so I don't see it. Armstrong wants to see Thomas take a step forward, Kyrou to get a bigger role and Kostin to get some real NHL time. He has Steen and Bozak for one more year and mid-level depth with Sanford, Barbashev, Sundqvist and Blais.