I would assume that Holland and Davis are the more realistic options for the Cardinals.
It wouldn't surprise me of all three of those players retire. I could envision Carlos Beltran on the Red Sox coaching staff next year if he wanted to retire and coach right away.
It is unrealistic because history tells us that Bill DeWitt Jr. isn't just going to go crazy with the payroll. The Cardinals pride themselves of building the team through the farm system. They're not going to panic and over-correct at a time when the farm system is truly ready to push the team back to contention.
Thanks for your comment on Carpenter's trade value. The Cardinals are set to start a rich TV contract, so the golden goose is alive and well.
We have to see how the season unfolds. You cannot judge a manager without knowing what the team overcame. But rest assured that the John Farrell, Dusty Baker and Joe Giradi firings changed the dynamics and turned up the heat on Mike Matheny in 2018.
I don't think it's in Darvish's nature to do that, but I don't think it would surprise anybody. It will be interesting. To be honest, I'm surprised these pitchers haven't knocked down any batters during this Series. Hitters have been way too comfortable. You could bet your Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan jersey that they would have hit or brushed back a few hitters by now. You just can't let hitters settle in comfortably at the plate.
If the Cardinals go after Darvish, it will be late in the winter if he's still around after they've filled their major holes. Yes, I agree that Mozeliak has had a strong winter so far upgrading Matheny's coaching staff.
Many people would agree with you, including some in the Cardinals' front office.
I'm not 100 percent sure other than the fact that he surely was lobbied hard by players and Mozeliak. He surely felt the love from an organization that needs him.
You make good points. But if you acquire Machado, why would you also want Donaldson?
I wouldn't have a problem with that trade.
You have to believe that DeJong would hit before Gyorko.
If the Cardinals make all the big deals they hope to make, the small ones would be tremendously minor.
As great as Morrow has been, I wouldn't want to pick him up next year until I see how he responds to the tremendous workload he's carried this postseason.
There is definitely reason for concern with the rotation, but I think they can buy some time with John Gant as the fifth starter in April and then start the parade of young studs once Reyes is ready. Flaherty, Hudson and Alcantara should be to make the rotation special, and they should be ready to start contributing by May.
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