DeWitt is fully capable of exercising independent judgement and he was involved in all those decisions. Just as DeWitt was pleased to reach the NLCS last season, I imagine he felt good about his team overcoming incredible adversity to salvage this season. He didn't see the pandemic coming -- and if there was no pandemic, then the Cardinals wouldn't be facing some of these decisions.
And as recently as 2018, Arozarena was still behind Bader, O'Neill and Thomas in terms of development within the organization. And like I said earlier, let's see where all these guys are in another three or four years.
Armstrong did very, very well to move Jake Allen's contract when he did. The Golden Knights might be stuck with Marc-Andre Fleury's dollars. Other teams, like the Wild, had to eat some money to move a goaltender. So now Armstrong can stay in the Pietrangelo discussion while other teams are working to move contract dollars.
If Pietrangelo is dying to live in Columbus, well, good for him.
Obviously that decision will have to come quickly for the reason you describe. I expect we'll see it.
When was the last time I wrote how good Carpenter and O'Neill looked? Please cite examples. Run a Google search and provide links.
And Cardinals fans never cease whining about how terrible team management is -- even though it outperforms all of the peer franchises.
So why does STLToday have a Tortorella Troll? I've seen some oddballs over the years, but this one wins.
It's not that easy to dispense of the Carpenter's dollars. He is getting paid one way or another next season and I cannot imagine another team taking any of that money off the Cardinals' hands -- especially in a pandemic economy.
As I often say, I believe a lot of these fans need to suffer 400 losses in four years to appreciate the product they have had. Yes, this year's team was dull. Yes, this team is stuck in a transitional period with limited prospects for excitement in 2021. But DeWitt will never deliberately lose four years in a row as the Cubs and Astros did.
In 2018, the Cardinals demoted Arozarena from Triple-A Memphis to Double A Springfield because he was behind the other outfielders that season. He hit .232 at Memphis overall last season while O'Neill hit .311, Voit his .299, Mercado hit .285 and Lane Thomas hit .275.
Anybody have a mental health hotline number they can share?
Bobby Ryan was Detroit-bound I believe. I don't see the Blues adding a scoring forward given the need to re-sign Jaden Schwartz to bigger money and get more playing time for Jordan Kyrou. Shedding Bozak or Steen would likely force the team to eat contract and some cap dollars, so I don't see that happening to add another forward.
Trading for a legit clean-up hitter will be difficult, which is why letting Marcell Ozuna walk was such a setback. Ozuna wasn't awesome here, but he was reasonably productive and he added much-needed presence. The team paid a high price to rent him for two years and it would have to pay a high price to replace him a year later.
TV money kept going up overall. I do know the Astros took a good hit on the attendance side, but winning did fix that.
There is no place for reasonable thought in this chat.
DeWitt is unlikely to overtly tank. Might he allow the team to falter for one year to get financially realigned? Maybe. It's hard to post 13 consecutive seasons. Every once in a while the Cardinals might have to concede a campaign to achieve a reset.
I will be working on that next week.
Off the top of my head I can't. Normally I would mention Dakota Hudson on a sell-high move, but that's off the table. Normally I might suggest Elehuris Montero, but we have no idea where he or Nolan Gorman stand right now since there were no games. Normally we could assess the minor league assets and we can't. Normally we could point to pitching depth and pick names, but injuries changed that.