If the Cardinals felt they could count on Martinez, they would feel better about keeping him. Their patience has been exhausted.
The Rockies wouldn't want either of those players. They would have to have one or two young pitchers, not guys in the twilight of their careers. I understand, to a degree, everyone's fascination with Arenado, but it's not that easy.
OPS is not the end-all to a good year. Bader has had about half as many at-bats as Edman and has struck out almost as many times and strikeouts have no bearing on OPS. Edman gets marks for playing five positions. Bader has played one. Bader, at .226, is not having a good year, sneaky or otherwise, or else he would be playing every day. But he has had his moments, such as on Sunday.
I think Tommy is more about the ring. The Cardinals did him a favor by trading him to Tampa Bay before he moved to San Diego.
I'm sorely tempted to agree with you. Some of the aspects of the playoff system I don't like, such as the division champions receiving no real advantage by having to play in a two-of-three first round like everybody else. They should have byes and have the rest of the clubs slug it out for three days.
But I'm sure Kershaw is glad to see that Matt Adams no longer plays for the Cardinals.
The answer to that is the cast is not good enough and the coaching philosophy hasn't seemed to make that much difference. I am anxious to see what two days off will do for some of the offensive players, who looked as if they were fried in that 53 game in 44 days stretch. But, surely, there will be changes on the staff.
We don't actually know what Molina is asking for because he hasn't been on the free agency seas before. This will be worked out in time, one way or the other, but no one much is thinking about it this week.
Johnson City seems almost certain to go, but not sure about State College. Peoria could be the other one, if two clubs go.
Jack Flaherty seems to be throwing without discomfort. But just not up to his--or the Cardinals'--expectations, although he didn't appear that upset with his performance against Milwaukee here Friday. But Hudson was pitching well down the short stretch this year.
I would tend to agree. Against some high odds, they got to the finish line. And then some.
The Cardinals must not have thought he was quite ready or they would have him as one of the thousand or so players they ran through their alternate site.
Colorado has to have some pitching, and some inexpensive pitching. The Cardinals have to have some payroll relief. You just can't slap $33 million into your payroll and make it fit without unloading large portions of it, and Colorado doesn't want to take on any money.
This has to come with the qualifier that anybody else wants Carpenter, at any price. There hasn't been much to recommend this year. And he has no-trade protection, I believe, in his deal, which would have to be adjusted.
You're not going to want to have Wieters or Knizner as your regular catcher. If Molina goes, a regular catcher would have to be brought in, until Herrera is ready. This is not the point I move on from Molina. The next position player they bring in here more likely will be a traded player rather than a free agent anyway. Next year doesn't interest me as much right now as the next week does.
They should rule nothing out but it appears Cespedes has taken quite a tumble and he opted out of playing because of COVID this year. Puig carries some baggage, too, and it is intriguing that no one signed him. Cespedes is 35 and maybe done.
If the Cardinals had Corey Seager and DeJong both on the club, they would figure it out. Either could play third.
Perhaps but he doesn't talk as if he has.