I would expect him to have a big say. He has a lot invested in keeping the industry going well. He has plenty of influence.
I see Nolan Gorman adding some offense next season, if not at the start than at some point. But, yes, the team will need to invest in upgrades.
O'Neill wins a Gold Glove in the outfield, matures as a hitter, adds speed on the bases, outperforms the immortal Randy Arozarena offensively this season, by a lot . . . and fans demand his exit. Geesh.
I guess they could bring Ozzie Smith back too. But seriously, no, this team needs to lean less on old guys and add more fresh blood.
I believe he is holding a one-man vigil outside of the Tkachuk homestead.
I am rallying support for my side!
Trevor Story. He would fill a need.
That cap space would have big value.
It's hard to put a price on that because the threat of the work stoppage, the economic impact of the pandemic and limited number of wealthy teams looking for a shortstop. But it is not hard to imagine Story commanding more than $30 million a year for six or more years.
They get paid when the play. If they don't play, they do not get paid.
I expect the Cardinals to address both needs, offense and pitching.
In that case, find another owner.
There's a possibility he could return on a minimal deal next year. But I would be surprised.
There are only so many franchises so they all have crazy value.
I am skeptical. That is one more reason why the eam should favor the DH.
They will keep making changes, like adding Luis Garcia, because they need more pitching to compete. So they could add and subtract, finding stopgap help at no cost or low cost maybe selling a guy if the price is right. But as I noted earlier, this team does not have much to sell.
Unless Paul DeJong goes on a tear, shortstop is the one spot where the team could clearly look outside for an offensive upgrade.
There is no expectation that Arenado will opt out. On the odd chance he does, then the Cardinals will have a massive amount of money to spend on another positon while Nolan Gorman prepares to take over at third base.
He is at least positioning himself as a depth player with his improvement. He doesn't hit for a ton of power, so we'll see if he is more than a Class AAA guy.
Yeah, he would be a better fit at the Great America Band Box. Hitting occasional homers here isn't good enough.
No predictions. Either they get a high-ceiling high school hitter or a college pitcher. Experts see it going either way.
Well, Vladimir Tarasenko is heading out the door. We know that much. I see the biggest need as a Top 4 defenseman to take tough minutes in the defensive zone. Carl Gunnarsson is gone, so the team got younger. Klim Kostin should join the lineup, so that will make the team younger. If Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou stay put, both will play bigger roles.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!