The Cardinals would have to think about bringing back one of them plus Kim for '22, since adding depth/protection for next year will be critical. Right now the rotation for next year looks like Wainwright, Flaherty, Hudson, Mikolas and Reyes, but I believe they should open with a six-man rotation just to be safe. They could pencil one of the current lefties into that sixth spot and use another in long relief. I would start Hicks, Oviedo and Liberatore in the Memphis rotation.
Albert's problem in LA is that team's gradual return to full strength. He is in a 1-for-11 rut seeing very limited duty. If there is a DH in the NL next season, I could see Gorman getting the bulk of those at bats. Can you have a lot spot for Albert getting one or two DH starts a week and pinch-hitting?
Starting pitching is a whole differ rhythm than closing. It will be interesting to see if he can make a smooth adjustment to that role and make better use of his impressive tool kit. Maybe he will be one of those pitchers who do better when they have a chance to settle into a game and get a feel for what's working.
Well, he has been playing Edmundo Sosa quit a bit at shortstop in place of Paul DeJong. Maybe you can argue Lars Nootbaar could get a few more outfield starts after Harrison Bader slumped again, but Bader is saving hits and runs with his glove in center field and Dylan Carlson would be a defensive step back there. And are you really eager to see Matt Carpenter, Andrew Knizner and Jose Rondon get more playing time?
This became apparently when he passed through the expansion draft untouched while the Kraken went for Jordan Eberle instead.
Kuznetsov is a high-priced center with declining production. They Blues do not have a crying need for such a player.
Those two would be excellent keeps from this season. At worst they could provide relief depth at a relatively low cost. This team needs to emulate the Brewers and line up six or seven relievers capable of handling high-leverage work.
In my world, it's Jimmy John's or Subway for lunch and let's-see-who-has-a-pizza-deal for dinner. There's not much intersection with the MLB lifestyle.
I believe they will play, but it may take a work stoppage and some lost games to get there. I didn't mind the payroll floor proposal from the owners -- that $100 million level would get a lot more mid-level veterans paid -- but the $180 luxury tax threshold was laughable. It sounds like Bill DeWitt Jr. wrote that part of the proposal.
I do think that Shildt likes the running game. If the team decides not to spend on a shortstop and play Sosa there instead, perhaps he could develop that side of his game. O'Neill can run some and Carlson should be able to pick some spots as well.
Agreed, and I've noted that as well.
How many of the "middle 20" have strung together 13 consecutive winning seasons and gone to seven of the last 10 postseasons? Therein lies your answer.
They are handcuffed by the Tarasenko scenario for the moment. While there is organizational confidence in young defensemen -- including Scott Perunovich, who proved he could play the right side in college -- it's not hard to imagine Doug Armstrong adding veteran help once his shackles are removed.
Castellanos was born to hit in the Great American Band Box. The Reds have to spend whatever to lock him in, right?
Paul numbers in three seasons in the STL are a notch or two below the offensive pace he set for his last six years in Arizona. But the good news is his 2021 season is a notable upgrade from his 2019 effort here, so there's hope that he will remain productive for the remainder of his contract.
The Cardinals need another middle-of-the-order run producer and there should be several shortstops available to fill that need. Edman, with Nolan Gorman spotted in against tough righthanders, could handle second base again. I see lineup heft as a bigger need than upgrading slightly in the leadoff spot.
Guys get hurt, this is true. But Tarasenko can still be a really good player at $7.5 million. And he was an absolute bargain for the Cup-winning team.
Schwarber is a poor outfielder and the Cardinals have the corners covered. The Cardinals could use a left-side hitter who can play second base, but Nolan Gorman can do that. It would be great to see Sosa develop into an good everyday shortstop and fill the giant hole in the current lineup, but are the Cardinals ready to make that bet? If they are, then Sosa needs to get all the bat bats this month to get ready for that.
This team could use some offensive juice for sure, as well as more pitching depth behind the injured guys trying to come back. But this team does have some exciting fielders and it can run a little bit. I've seen more lackluster products here.