One reason this past season was they were reluctant to jack up the payroll with pandemic uncertainty still in the picture.
That fear should have lifted some now that fans are coming back sooner than expected.
A long postseason run would be very good for the Cardinals' bottom line.
Five years without significant in-season upgrades is a long time, especially for a proud team that is closing in on 10 years since its last ring. Avoiding the trade-deadline madness is great if you can, because it often means teams pay a competitive tax, and by that I mean they have to make moves that make sense for the half-season that follows but might not be the wisest long-term plays, but if there was a Cardinals team that could benefit from a little win-now thinking, it's this one. And this is the year to do it with the unknown surrounding 2022, and the place Molina and Wainwright are in, and the decade of the last ring approaching, and the chance to burst out of the pandemic with a meaningful postseason, and, well, I could go on and on. Will they do it? Don't know. But they should.