Bobo's here and we've got folks lined up early. At the risk of enraging some people, we'll get a head start.
Lars Nootbaar should be the fourth outfielder next season, so that leaves the DH role. Adding a left-side hitter who can fill in at first base seems like a better fit for this team. Rosario's fielding has eroded and the Cardinals should be wary of spending big on his late season/postseason hot streak.
With the Canadiens in the tank, many teams will be looking at physical defenseman Ben Chiarot once Montreal starts moving bodies. There hasn't been much talk about the Seattle getting into sell mode, but the Kraken loaded up on defensive defenseman. Teams will call about Mark Giordano to see if Seattle will move him and eat some of that final contract year to make the cap work.
The Cardinals will aim for the division title once again. And as always, they will continue making moves through the season. The late push by their key prospects -- both hitting and pitching -- and the inflated free agent prices left the front office sitting back while other teams were lunging for talent.
The Cardinals went from having an abundance of good young pitching to having a dearth of prospects behind starters Matthew Liberatore and Zack Thompson. That's what happens when you trade away young arms. Drafting Michael McGreevy helped address that, but the organization still has plenty of backfilling to do.
Krug has no-trade protection and the sort of contract that suggests he will be in the team nucleus for a while. But, yes, he and Perunovich bring the same elements to the team and I've often wondered in this chat if the team needs two Krugs.
I took some political science courses in college, but for the bulk of the last 40-plus years I've been over the in the toy department covering sports. So I can't help you with this one -- other than to suggest that St. Louis has the same issues most major metropolitan areas have.
Full no-trade clause in Years 1-5 of the contract, Modified NTC with submitted list of teams Years 6-7.
Given this team's ability to win games with nine players either injured or on the COVID-19 list, I'd say this team has the right coach. This team leans more on finesse than previous teams with guys like Kyrou, Thomas and Perunovich taking big roles. And as we discuss each week it needs another shutdown defenseman for penalty killing and matchups 5-on-5. Also, Sundqvist's absence and ongoing recovery cost the the team some physical play. So did the loss of Kostin, who was racking up hits this year.
Brian Benning was a really good young defenseman in the league . . . until he wasn't. Teams targeted him for physical play back when it took a LOT to get called for charging. That took a toll.
That's a question for Commish or Derrick. I confess that I pay little attention to that whole process. Which pretty good ex-Cardinal will get the nod over some other pretty good ex-Cardinals? I have no idea.
The Coyotes are famous for not paying bills. That organization is a mess. Bettman has to pretend that the team has a future in Arizona, but I believe it's far more likely that it's sold to folks in Houston who want a team there. I can't see this ownership group building a new area in Scottsdale or Tempe when it can't run a daily operation.
Easy, The team is scoring more goals at even strength when he is on the ice. Some of that is luck and circumstance, but mostly it's fact he has played very well 5-on-5 regardless of linemates.
Miller would make since because the Cardinals could rotate a lot of hitters through the DH slot while maximizing matchups and resting fielders. Miller can handle part-time work and he's always a power threat.
If Nolan Gorman sticks with the team, that means he is good enough to play a lot. And that could mean some action at second base against tough righthanders to keep Tommy Edman fresh. Juan Yepez can move around the field, so I can see work for both players if they are hitting well enough to stick.
I'd give the trade a 'B'. Gant had a bit of staying power here and he proved especially useful in the bullpen. Then he fetched a useful rental in Happ, who helped the Cardinals get into the wild card game.
That's another option for depth. He's not a bad player and he is unlikely to find opportunities to start elsewhere.
Fans whine when a former Cardinal prospect excels elsewhere after getting limited time here behind proven talent. Then they whine when the Cardinals decide to take a long look at a prospect before blocking him with proven talent.