Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
The Carpenter thing was a matchup deal, based on his previous success against Burnes. Miller and DeJong has been struggling mightily of late, as had Carpenter, so there wasn't much to choose from. The 1-for-16 with runs in scoring position was quite a team effort -- nobody could come through. As for Gallegos, the Cardinals are easing him back in after his layoff. They want to see him sharpen up before regaining the closing role.
It's still early to go there, but Carlson sure looks the part of an emerging talent. Now, if can only learn to read and react to changeups . . .
The Cardinals have taken plenty of heat for that decision. Given the money questionably committed to Miles Mikoalas, Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler, letting Ozuna walk turned out to be a budgetary move as much as anything. That punched a big hole in a batting order that was just so-so a year ago.
I have not followed that whole lawsuit adventure in any detail, so I'm not the guy to ask about that. I'm sure St. Louis will get some money but I can't imagine the NFL giving the city an expansion team.
Eventually, yes, I bet he gets in. But the baseball writers will be a tough crowd because many of them rely on Wins Above Replacement to make all judgments and the WAR calculation cannot capture all that he does to help teams win.
That's how it works. I imagine Bill DeWitt Jr. would personally put Carpenter on waivers if need be before allowing him to get anywhere near the threshhold needed to gain that extra contract year.
You are three-for-three on that wish list.
To the previous chatter's point, the Cardinals will need to add another infielder who can play shortstop and hit well enough to earn his keep. Unless the Cardinals add a good everyday outfielder, Tommy Edman may have to play out in the pasture some next year. Infield prospect Edmundo Sosa was a COVID-19 casualty so we don't know if he could assume a bigger role. Max Schrock can play third base, so that might be another way to free up Edman to play more shortstop.
For me, personally, the NFL ship sailed. Since I don't expect St. Louis to get a team back and the monetary aspect of all this stuff is not that interesting to me.
I am a big Martinez honk, but I can see the Cardinals trading him, assuming that he can fetch a decent return coming off of his COVID-ruined season. It appears he did all the right things during both the winter and the COVID shutdown to prepare to start. Then he got sick and he couldn't get it together when he returned. But, yes, his struggle this season after all the other adventures does scream "scenary change" to folks around the team. A fresh start elsewhere could envigorate him. The Cardinals will need to cut payroll from someplace and they should be able to move his $11.7 million salary in 2021 with a constructive trade.
If they re-sign Wainwright, that tells fans the Cardinals are trying to win. He has been their best pitcher this season and his leadership with all of those young players is invaluable. And as I saw each week, I don't see how Wong would become a logical salary to move at those middling dollars.
Only the Blues can offer eight years and they can only do that before he becomes a free agent. Once he goes to market no team can offer more than seven years. And another team may prefer to go eight years in a sign-and-trade rather than wait to offer seven years. With eight years the annual average value of the deal can come down a notch and help with the salary cap compliance.
I believe we will see some more of Edman in the outifeld and Carlson in center field. But with time running out on the season, it would be tough to plug in Schrock now with his limited big league experience.
True enough. That is the danger of selling low on a player -- trading him when his value is down. But Martinez is still a young veteran and his career numbers stand up nicely, so I would not be surprised to see the Cardinals get good offers for him.
At least Miles has a chance to come back presumably healthy and help the team at some point next year. Carpenter is offering no hope for better days ahead. He has tried and tried and tried to get his stroke back, but he has failed.
Yadier is an interesting case. Some scribes dismiss Gold Gloves and I get that because it can be a reputation deal. Many scribes dismiss the counting numbers and rightfully so because starring is more important than lasting a long time. But Yadier is such a strong leader offering so many intangibles that I believe he would get the nod from the committee post-vote, if the WAR thing tanks him.
Boy there are so many ways this thing can go with the wild cards that calculating that is beyond my very limited math skills. The Cardinals have to finish ahead of two of the teams in the mix to make the bracket. The magic number of Cardinals wins+rival team losses varies from rival to rival.