The Cardinals would be fine if it's one, but not more than one, unless -- if you'll permit me an unless -- one of the prospects elbows his way into starts this season due to injury or an open spot and earns the role ahead of schedule. Thompson, Pallante, Liberatore -- they jump to mind.
I hope that even the most cynical Cardinals fans take note, especially the explanation that he gave reporters about how he wanted to respect the lengths the Cardinals went to make that trade possible. Have not heard that before from a player. Tells a lot about Arenado.
Sounds like confirmation of Post-Dispatch reporting, to me. But I'm biased.
I cannot beyond this part of it: Sean Murphy is legit. Atlanta clearly shares that opinion. The view of him within the game is that he's a rising, breakout all-around catching talent, and if you're Atlanta and you've got a chance to add that to the core that is already under contract for years to come -- goodness. That is a strong addition for a team that wants to create a strong nucleus to grow and compete and win another title together. Catcher is a cornerstone, after all. Atlanta has to see this move as a way to improve that position for years to come, and we already know how much they've committed to their core group in extensions. Not a lot of flexibility now, so they better hope the players they've committed to perform.
It does. Nice to see a pulse.
Yep. Good for Oakland not to flinch on the asking price and stick with it.
To continue your analogy, one makes a bigger mess if it goes wrong.
For 2023. It does have that feel.
Better hope the outfield provides what it did not. That's what major-league outfields do. Look at the Phillies and Houston and the other teams in the NLCS and ALCS. Their outfield offense was there because that's what MLB teams count on from the outfield -- thump.
Inflation, pal. The price of everything is going up. The cost of coaches. The cost of executives. The cost of players. The cost of facilities. The cost of travel. the cost of infrastructure. The cost of being a contending baseball team is going up. Full stop.
I'm not sure how they draft high enough to maximize that model year over year if they're also finishing in the higher echelons of the standings -- but not winning pennants. The Cardinals need to produce impact position players. A parade of them. That would help. But they haven't done that consistently, and their pitching production sagged in the minors the past year, and that leaves them lagging when it comes to producing pitching talent, too. They've regained ground there, for sure. They also have a bigger group of potential hitters than they've had in a long time. But can they all work out? Can they all contribute? If the Cardinals don't augment their roster with more spending, that is the bet they need to come through. That's the spot they're in. I'm not the Rays model fits the brand. This is a fascinating spot the Cardinals are now in thanks to the Phillies, Mets, Atlanta, and Padres.
Atlanta got the best player, it seems. Brewers got better for 2023. A's got a haul of prospects and lower payroll. Everybody got something they wanted.
Yes. MLB is going to get some new streams of revenue with how the TV deals sort out. The Cardinals' TV deal continues to grow with escalators built in. They need to continue to draw fans and sell tickets because that's the model they have, but they're lucky to have a fan base that responds and rewards them. In the future, they do have plans for some spillover from Ballpark Village, and that is on the horizon.
That is a conversation coming their way as arbitration exchanges begin.
I don't get that sense, no. But they don't have Molina as a sales pitch, that's true.
Hicks will come to camp as a reliever. The Cardinals said that recently. Naughton and Pallante are going to stretch out so they can cover innings, and the Cardinals are open to either of them making a bid as a starter. They'd like to see how Pallante improves and if he gets on that track. They're open to him making the case.