I can only try to explain their thinking to you. "I think you have to value every contract and every player," Bill DeWitt Jr. told me last month. "That’s one of the things we’ve been pretty disciplined about and have been for a number of years. I think it’s part of the reason we’ve had success. I know you’re referring to Stanton, but there’s other players that have big contracts. We evaluate, ‘What can we afford?’ That’s a good question because we don’t know what could be available down the road. It’s really trying to make sure that when you take on a contract or make a trade you’re getting value not only in the short-term but in the long term. As you can see some of the long-term free agent contracts don’t really work out toward the end. Clubs wish they hadn’t done them. We can afford a payroll that is very competitive and in the top third, which is where our revenues are, and that’s the way we look at it.”
I don't think there was much fallout.
Matt Carpenter has first base covered. I wouldn't rule out going after a third baseman, but I would assume an outfielder via trade might be more realistic.
Thanks for reading the piece. I hate to tell you, but I don't see the Cardinals getting rid of Leake. He's here to stay for a while.
I wouldn't make too many judgments from a legit contender beating up on a fifth starter.
Thanks for reading. The Cardinals surely wish that Grichuk or Piscotty had claimed the No. 3 and cleanup spots in the lineup this year.
Thank you. I'll let you in on a secret: I mute most of the racists and knuckleheads. I let them cry at the moon because I think it's funny that they think I'm reading their stupid comment. I'm trying to get my daughters to read my angry tweets just for fun, though.
From experience as a guy who has been a baseball beat writer in multiple major markets, I promise you that almost every fan base thinks their manager is horrible at dealing with the bullpen. Even managers who are considered to be strong at managing the bullpens are not above making huge mistakes, as Buck Showalter proved last offseason. It's not easy to manage a bullpen, especially a bullpen that has been as inconsistent as this one this year with the Cardinals. Matheny's job would be a lot easier if Brett Cecil hadn't struggled as much as he has this year or if Seung Hwan Oh and Trevor Rosenthal had been consistently strong this year.
I don't think so, but you may be right.
I must say that the Cardinals' pitching staff should be strong next year. Pitching is the key to success, and that just happens to be the Cardinals' strong asset. I expect them to unload some of the outfield depth to improve the team.
If you ignore the small sample size of two hits in five at-bats in the No. 5 spot, Wong has been the most productive this year hitting out of the No. 7 or No. 8 slot. I'd be fine with him hitting seventh or eighth.
You have to beat up on the weak teams and try to split or win series against the contenders.
They will eventually have to jump into that market, but at this point I can only tell you what they think about Stanton. I would go all in on Manny Machado when he becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.
That's a very good question. Harper isn't coming to St. Louis. He's more apt to go play with his pal Kris Bryant and the Cubs. I would go after Machado. He'd be perfect here.
The Cardinals are probably going to be in the playoff hunt on Sept. 1. I fully expect the September call-ups such as Magneuris Sierra and Harrison Bader will be huge assets down the stretch.
You make some very good points. Piscotty's decline this year has been a huge detriment to the Cardinals. If he hadn't struggled so badly, this team might be four or six games better in the standings.
I have no idea what you're talking about.
Sure, it would make more sense to free up the Cecil, Peralta and Leake money for Stanton, but that is not a realistic option. As much as you want Stanton, it's clear the Cardinals don't want that contract.
I disagree. Yadier Molina doesn't tell Mike Matheny where to put him in the batting order. He'll hit wherever Matheny puts him. He's not penciling himself in to bat fifth. The options aren't that much better, though.
I can only tell you what I know. I'm not in charge of the decisions. If it were up to me, I'd spend all of Bill DeWitt Jr. and the Cardinals ownership group's money and bring every top star here. I'd acquire Stanton and Machado and Verlander until I ran out of prospects. That would be irresponsible, though.
First of all, your reading comprehension is a bit off. I never compared his warped views on transgender folks to Nazis. I just stated that the fan who made the Nazi salute to protesters on Saturday was indeed wearing a Berkman jersey. That is a statement of fact. I didn't make that up. I found it funny that the guy would be wearing Berkman's jersey.