The Cardinals believe he is starter. And the plan is still to prepare him for that role starting with the offseason.
Signing veterans to a one-year deal is never a bad idea. Like you say, that guy can either help your team and become a trade chip if a young players rises up to take his place. That might be a smart approach for the Cardinals next season, particularly as they wait to see how the outfield prospect competition plays out.
The Cardinals held on to Carlos Martinez in 2019 and he helped them win the NL Central and reach the NLCS. So that was smart. Trading him last year was not feasible due to his COVID/injury issues. This year there really wasn't much opportunity to move him. Just when he started to pitch well, he got hurt while hitting.
The Cubs are dumping all of their good veterans, so, sure, the Cardinals will finish ahead of them.
Trading Alcantara and Co. for two years of Marcell Ozuna was a crushing blow. So I am not a fan of trading a potential 10-year guy for a 1.5-year guy. That is how teams stumble into multi-year funks.
Carpenter can retire this year as a Cardinal. So why sign him again?
This year's budget was impacted by both the global pandemic and their dead money with Carpenter and Fowler. I expect the Cardinals to continue spending in the top 10 of MLB going forward. They key will be spending better. If they can avoid bad contracts, they can continue contending year to year while teams like the Cubs go through tank-and-rebuild cycles.
Fair enough. The Cardinals will finally have a chance to get full value from their payroll after some big missteps.
Put the two teams in a bubble and let them have at it!
You can't judge a team without considering competitive context.
So you really enjoyed their early 90s teams before DeWitt bought the team.
The Cardinals are longshots and they are playing it that way, as they should.
You mean Alex Reyes and, again, I see him in the rotation next season.
We have regular updates on the minors. Finally the Memphis Redbirds gave us something to talk about, although there are only a handful of significant prospects on that team.