McGwire had a two-year, $30 million offer he had agreed to for 2002-03 but never had signed. It remained on Bill DeWitt's desk, more or less, when McGwire, dissatisfied with his 2001 performance and lagging health, decided to retire.
The one that stands out was Adam Wainwright's nine-inning complete game here against Cleveland, with even the Indians' players and staff applauding his performance at the end of it.
I am very much impressed, especially considering he hasn't seen his family since he left Korea in January.
I could see them striving for more balance but I wouldn't want to see their defense, their bread and butter, compromised too much.
Carpenter is a part-time player now and, unless he has a huge postseason, I don't think they should envision him as more than a part-time player who could play third, first and DH.
Thank goodness, the runner on second rule for extra innings is gone for the postseason. The three-batter rule for relievers remains.
Braun hit only .233 this year but it seems all of his hits were against the Cardinals. Then again, the Cardinals and Brewers played 10 times in the final 18 games. I don't think you go out and sign DH type guys, unless you can think they can play the field, too. And Braun might be a little too old to be cavorting too much more in the outfield.
Thanks for saving that copy of the paper. The Cardinals' staff, including those in the dugout and the various trainers and performance people, deserve whatever credit you choose to lavish upon them for just making it to the finish line, let alone playing at least for a few days longer.
From day to day, those quoted in the paper are the ones who have participated in the Zoom calls and Carpenter hasn't been playing enough, or well enough lately, that he has not been on many calls. But when he has been on Zoom, he hasn't shied away from the fact that he hasn't been very good this year.
There are no "locks" for the outfield next year other than Carlson and probably Fowler.
I do think the Cardinals have reached the point where, no matter the contract, Carpenter is a fill-in player. But, if Edman would go to second if Wong's option year isn't picked up, then the perspective on Carpenter's role might change.
"Some level of consternation?" Very understated, by you. They have to get an outfielder. Beyond that, I don't know that they need two other hitters, at the expense of breaking up their pitching staff or their defense.
On the plane flight to San Diego last night and on the off-day today, there have been plenty of coaching staff meetings going on, with the decisions to be transmitted to the players before and after tomorrow's workout.
He might have pitched the first game in Detroit, with Martinez being out. Oviedo probably could use part of a minor-league season, if there is going to be one. But he also might be ready to help in the bullpen next year if the Cardinals have enough starters.
I would go with Carpenter at DH and an outfield, left to right, of Carlson, Bader and Fowler, with Edman at third against righthander Dinelson Lamet, if he is healthy enough to pitch.
So far, the Cardinals have guessed wrong on some on the outfielders they've kept and some they've sent away. The only one who is doing well without getting much of a chance here is Randy Arozarena, who is starting for Tampa Bay and who hit .281 with power after being brought u[. But the Cardinals are out of outfield depth now and, in fact, don't have enough to go around, without having to play an infielder out there.
Lefthander Matthew Liberatore, obtained from Tampa Bay for Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena, could be a rotation candidate next year. We're still a year or two off on both Nolan Gorman and Ivan Herrera.
The market of which you speak is only interested if you have a pitching prospect in any deal you would make involving the foregoing.
It is time to move on from Martinez and I have been one of his staunchest supporters. But I see little reason to retain him because, no matter his level of ability, which still is considerable, his inconsistency can be maddening. If there's anything baseball people want, it's consistency. Good or bad.
Thanks very much. There have been easier seasons. Mikolas' surgery wasn't all that serious and he should be fine by next spring.