I know Mozeliak got killed for his recent "What about Paul Goldschmidt?" answer, but this kind of comment is what he had in mind when he said it. The Cardinals found a way to add one of the best bats in the National League in 2019, then signed him to a team-record extension shortly after. No, they don't get to ride off that forever, and clearly the offense needs more help, but shouldn't the Goldschmidt trade-and-extend be a reminder that the Cardinals can find ways to add top-level talent?
If the Cardinals get to use a DH, they should add a player who can do more damage than both Carpenter and Franco. I think a better solution for this team would be a true bopper at DH. Franco had a bounce-back season with the Royals, but he was pretty down in 2019. If you go by adjusted OPS, which puts every major league hitter on a scale of 100 with 100 being league average, Franco over the past two seasons has an adjusted OPS of 91. Carpenter's at 89. He could be a significant upgrade. He's certainly younger and on the right side of 30, but between those two names, and knowing what we know about how much the Cardinals want Carpenter to bounce back, I think they would probably just stick with Carpenter and cross their fingers.
Eugenio Suarez, also mentioned as a player the Reds have considered moving, would be a lot more appealing. Moustakas is now the owner a four-year deal that pays him $14 million in 2021, $16 million in 2022, and $18 million in 2023, which will be his age-34 season. That's a lot of money for a guy on the wrong side of 30 after the Cardinals are already seeing how one such contract, Carpenter's, can go bad in a hurry. Plus the Cardinals have multiple third-base prospects they feel like are on the cusp of the majors and could be ready by 2022. So, if they do look at third-base as a place to upgrade, I think it would be a shorter-term (and cheaper) answer.
I hear you. It's a bad injury, and it's becoming a bigger problem for him. We should know more on his status this season, so we will have to revisit this discussion closer to the expansion draft. If he is unprotected, I don't know how Seattle would pass over him. You would have to take that chance if you were the expansion team, which means the Blues could only consider leaving Tarasenko unprotected if they were willing to lose him, and stomach whatever success he had elsewhere.
I agree with you. The legacy argument for Carpenter the Cardinals made was both rushed and kind of forced. Now they actually have a legacy situation with Molina and Wainwright, and they're kind of backed into a corner because of it.
Sorry for being so boring. Merry Christmas to you, too.
Seems to me like the coach and the AD are in the same boat. Pruitt is safe if Fulmer is. If Fulmer isn't, bets off.
I think it's a couple of things. One, Cardinals fans are tuned into prospects more than some because they know their team values them and will one day turn to them. If your team constantly trades away young talent, there's no point in learning about that young talent. The Cardinals' draft-and-develop tendency encourages fans to see the entire organization, not just the MLB tip of the iceberg. Also, Cardinals fans are just more interested than some other fan bases. I think the Cardinals would argue that some of that interest is there because the team is annually relevant.
Are you sure he's the No. 8 hitter in this team's lineup? He was the team's best hitter in the postseason. I do know that. He had a significantly better OPS than Tyler O'Neill last season, and there are some who remain adamant that O'Neill is going to be some sort of middle-order answer for this team. I get your point, and it's a valid one. Molina should not be hitting in the heart of the lineup. No way, no how. But you also have to look at the lineup, too. It's not exactly stocked with hitters better than Molina. The best way to move him down would be to a) stop letting him dictate things like where he hits and b) get better hitters who are obviously better candidates to hit in front of him.
Yadi being Yadi. It included no curse words and no bottles of alcohol. That's a win.
Gotta run, folks. Thanks for chatting. Happy Holidays, everybody.