If the Cardinals tell Carlos to train as a starter, then he will be a starter . . . at least on paper. Also in paper rotation are Flaherty, Hudson, Mikolas and Wainwright. Then there is Ponce de Leon, Cabrera, Gomber and Reyes also on paper. So if the Cardinals rell Carlos to train as a starter, then the odds of them giving an eight-digit salary to veteran starter seem long -- unless they plan to trade a pitcher for, say, an outfielder.
No. I mean, Mozeliak didn't get fired over "Hackgate" because the owner stood behind him. I'd be surprised if Crane turned his back on Luhnow. An executive always has plausible deniability.
That sounds unlikely. Also unlikely: Jason Isringhausen making a comeback.
Not great, given the high-level of interest in him from teams with money to spend. The free-agent outfield class is terrible, so he's going to get overpaid after two so-so seasons in the STL. I could not blame the Cardinals for passing on another potential bad contract.
After watching Harrison Bader whiff again and again and again and again and again and again and again on the same pitch, I do not see the Cardinals handing him anything. A lot of outfielders will get a look in the spring and he will be one of them.
Shildt reduced Carpenter's role last year, so I doubt he would give him three months of hitting .200 next year. Same goes for Fowler. Mike has already made it clear that high-paid veterans can ride some pine.
Fans were demanding Lane Thomas until the got hurt. And they were demanding Randy Arozarena. Some were demanding more Tyler O'Neill. Meanwhile Ozuna was hitting fairly well, Fowler had a strong August (21 RBIs, .849 OPS) and Bader had a nice spurt (.981 OPS in August) after his remedial hitting trip to the minors. You can't play them all. If Arozarena can prove he really the player who caught fire last season, then he will get into the mix next season.
I don't know about time, but MLB needs a full and transparent accounting of what happened. It cannot sweep this under the rug as the NFL did with the Patriots. MLB needs to make a statement about using technology to that extreme to cheat.
Two more pitchers working at the Jack Flaherty level would be a start. This team needs four or five high-leverage relievers (it may have a couple today), more run production from Paul DeJong and way more production from the outfield.[
Yes, quantity doesn't guarantee quality. Are there a couple of hitters in that pile? Can Goldschmidt hit like he did in Arizona? Can Carpenter muster any sort of comeback? Can DeJong hit for a good average with runners in scoring position? Many questions and no answers as December nears.
Flaherty and Hudson would have to be untouchable as well as those two prospects and probably Tommy Edman. Trading hurt guys (Gomber,Reyes) is dumb because of the poor return. Among the young guys, that's about it for the do-not-trade list. That's also about it for players other teams would want.
From reading these chats, you would guess the Cardinals will average 14,000 attendance next season because most fans have given up. That is not the case. There may not be much buzz, but there will definitely not be wholesale fan abandonment of the franchise.
Agreed. Guys like Whitey and Tony put in the work. Remember the books Dave Duncan kept? He had analysis ready for every match-up. He just did it the old-school way. Some of the analytics stuff is really enlightening and some of it just reinforces the obvious.
The Cardinals benched Carpenter last season and Shildt will do it again. What the Cardinals are unlikely to do is bench Carpenter AND spend significant money to replace him. Carpenter isn't that big of a liability on the field because he doesn't have to play much. He IS a liability for the payroll -- and the team's ability to spend on more talent.
Peralta's a nice player when healthy, but he's a year away from free agency so that makes him a likely rental player. And do the Cardinals want to trade assets for a rental player when they have a half-dozen young outfielders to sort? Remember, this team not only faces payroll limitations, it also depleted its surplus of prospects.
Agreed on all front. And, again, those sweaters gave him flashbacks to my fast-food days. For years I smelled like Whopper grease and worse. worked the broiler and mopped floors. Dude vomits in the bathroom right before close? That was my job. Somebody needed to jump up and down in the dumpster to make more space? Also my job. Clean fryer hoods with caustic lye? Also my job.
The Blues value both of those players on defense. They are build from the back-end out. As for the Leafs, I expect the new coach to get a good run with that group to see if the restart works. They added Cecil and Barrie to the blue line and they need more from those guys . . . and everyone else.
Fabbri has been on the market since the summer and let's just say that other GMs weren't clamoring for a player coming off two major knee surgery and a season of limited action. And rather than trade Sanford when his value is low, the team is giving him every chance to prove there is something there. As for de la Rose, he's another low-cost soldier, like Brouwer. He adds depth and allows Sundqvist and Barbashev to move up when injuries hit. And hit they have.
The NFL will like that stadium for sure, since it can go into the Super Bowl rotation. But it he turns out to be a terrible owner -- and his track record is still pretty bad on the whole -- then the league could look back on this with some regret.