Boy, the Blues would like to hope so. Right now the Golden Knights are just paving their opponents. They are impressive.
If the Cardinals spend that kind of money on Contreras, it would be to catch full-time. He doesn't hit well enough to command that sort of money as a DH.
On paper, either looks like a viable fall back option. But since catcher is the No. 1 team need, it's fair to expect the Cardinals to land one of the primary options.
The Cardinals will bring him to spring training because they owe him the money. If he remains a sub-.200 hitter and he somehow still gets a lot of at-bats next season, then the entire baseball operation would be rightfully subjected to withering ridicule.
In a word, yes. His arbitration award won't be high and right now is trade value is pretty low. In 2021 he was one of the more valuable players in the National League. If another team wants to make a trade offer based on '21 instead of '22, then, sure, the Cardinals should listen.
This season has not been fun for them. Even the most dire predictions for the Blues this season weren't this bad.
That would be dumb for Toronto, IMO. And it would also force the Cardinals into the shortstop market to buy Masyn Winn some time. And it would add more pressure to not only add an outfielder, but add somebody who play at least some center field.
So which of these starters does Jake Woodford displace today: Miles Mikolas, Jake Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, Jordan Montgomery or Steven Matz? None. So as of today, he is in the bullpen --- where he had an excellent season after finally getting his chance.
I believe it will be a mix. For instance, signing Christian Vazquez as a mid-level free agent would fill a need and leave other potential trade assets to fill other needs, like impact hitter.
We push that narrative because that is the reality. They have traditionally used the trade-and-re-sign route to add elite players. Don't blame us to simply reporting how the Cardinals operate.
This has been a popular name in the chat over the years, but these days does that move the needle? Is he is big upgrade from Corey Dickerson?
That may be how this Paul DeJong Era ends here. The Cardinals did eat almost all of Dexter Fowler's to make him go away.
The Hall of Fame voting has been a mess.. I'm guessing that over time, the remaining purists will be cycled out and replaced by voters more closely tethered to the reality that Cooperstown houses all sorts of "cheats" -- and that sorting them is not their job.
Tink is very early in his development and is being handled carefully. He has an electric arm and the Cardinals are protecting that. His usage/placement in 2023 will be interesting. He would have way more value as a starter if he could build up to that. Trade Montgomery? At worst he is a high-value for one more season at a reasonable cost. Trading a good, moderately-priced pitcher to gamble on a good, higher-priced pitcher doesn't seem logical.
Gotcha. Nah, Oliver Marmol was willing to risk the "emergency catcher" scenario by removing Yadier Molina from games and leaving Andrew Knizner working without a net. So he would be willing to loose the DH slot in a game by moving Contreras from DH to catcher under emergency circumstances. Then the pitcher (then a pinch-hitter) would move into the removed catcher's slot.
Is there a vegetarian "Vladi's Missed The Net Again" burger as well?
I would say that's ridiculous, but after the team lavished all that money on Matt Carpenter . . . .