The Blues are happy with their bottom six forwards. If they free up some more cap space by moving Tarasenko, they could use another scorer and perhaps another right-side defender.
Cardinals fans have shown their support for DeWitt's regime with steady support over the years. Bill has seen that and appreciated it.
The Cardinals like their outfield's hitting/fielding mix. They need one of the left-handed hitters to step in to make it a four-man mix and give the three starters some help. Nootbaar, Burleson, Plummer -- the Cardinals need one of them to hit big to finally get fans through their Arozarena mourning.
Flaherty doesn't need to carry water for the union. He's a smart guy who understands his potential value. And, yes, if he is adamant about testing the market as a free agent, then the Cardinals must explore their trade options.
Beauvillier is a possibility if the Islanders want to move his cap hit to get Tarasenko. Otherwise there isn't much of a fit here. As a RFA he seems likely to get overpaid for a 15- to 20-goal guy. Once the 91 situation is resolved, Armstrong can reassess the roster and see if there is a tradeoff that could bolster the D. Until then, all he can do is get his RFAs signed.
As I noted earlier, maybe Bader can lead off while riding his hot streak. Overall, though, I'd be surprised if this power surge becomes a more permanent thing. He has much to prove to get out of the bottom third of the order.
If Parayko is healthy, that problem is significantly addressed. But, yes, adding one more defensive-minded guy would be ideal.
The free agent class could keep shrinking if players sign extensions with their new teams after the deadline. But right now shortstop Trevor Story has to be high on this team's list.
Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox? Wow, Tony La Russa got one step closer to the World Series.
The Cardinals became a better fielding team because they have better fielders now, i.e., Arenado joining the team and O'Neill and Bader getting healthy. They pitching will improve when the Cardinals get their better pitchers off the IL and add some additional help.
Well, they could selling off their top players like the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins. They are surrendering the rest of this season and the next as well.
If he comes back, it will be for a contract that looks just like his 2021 deal.
Given the bind Tarasenko put him, Armstrong is having a great offseason. He won the Buchnevich trade by a mile, thanks to the Rangers' cap concerns, and he got Saad on a team-friendly deal.
The contenders are creating all the buzz because they are most eager to make the big trades? Why? They see a chance to win. The Cardinals are just trying to get out of this injury-marred season in one piece and prepare for better things in '22. So they are not going to outbid the Dodgers for talent.
The Cardinals feel pretty good about their starting outfielders these days. And they have multiple guys hitting from the left side that are moving on the cusp.
I believe the Cardinals would rather put Miles Mikolas in their rotation next week than trade him for prospects. They are not in tank-and-rebuild mode like the Kansas City Royals.