That configuration isn't going to work.
The Cardinals would have to be interested in Kris Bryant, but at what expense? It seems as if the marriage in Chicago is over there although I don't see the Cubs dealing with their fiercest rivals.
A more thorough overhaul may have to wait a year until a couple of contracts--and you know which ones they are--are off the books--and revenue is streaming again, rather than trickling. I still like the pitching/defense model but you have to have consistent hitting. And the Cardinals haven't had that for a few years, notably this one, and somebody else has to be brought in. Another hitter. And perhaps another hitting coach, if only to change the landscape. .
We'll see in the next month or so how Jeff Albert is perceived from the board room.
I don't think front offices can afford to worry themselves about such societal matters although the Yankees still can not have beards.
When 'Sut' was here in 1994--his final season--he was pitching on memory. His arm was shot but he still won six games in 10 decisions. I enjoyed his wit then and I enjoy him now but I was really impressed when he paraded a friend of his--a relatively young, but successful actor--through the visitors' clubhouse at Dodger Stadium before one game that year. It was Mark Harmon.
I think Fowler probably has considerable, if not blanket, no-trade protection and likely would have to be agree to be packaged somewhere.
I watched the end of it on TV. I was in the Army at the time. I don't know if the players were afraid to face him or afraid of looking bad when they did. The only time Bob hit somebody was when he meant to--and everybody, including the hitter, knew it was coming.
Yes, interesting to note that Cubs and Reds, both of whom had much more power than the Cardinals, failed to win a playoff game and, in the Reds' case, didn't even score.
The Cardinals are hoping there might takers for both. Martinez makes some $11 million guaranteed for one more year. Bader is arbitration eligible for the first time.
I don't think Springer would get in the 12-year range but he will be the highest paid free agent among the position players. You look to see what it will take and then decide if you have it. Most teams won't have it.
I like Conforto very much, especially that he could provide lefthanded-hitting pop on a team which doesn't really have that on a regular basis. The Mets always are looking for more pitching. Perhaps something could be struck there.
The Yankees-Tampa Bay matchup by far is the most intriguing. The Rays aren't afraid of the Yankees. But the Yankees appear to have taken their game to a different level now. Cole will be the difference, one way or the other.
I don't see any team that compares--to get so much out of so little payroll is stunning.
The only real savings for the Cardinals regarding players they have little or o interest in keeping is if they could trade Martinez and his $11 million. Wong, Wainwright and Molina all have value at significant numbers and Miller and Gant don't make that much. If Bader got the $5 million range, which I doubt, that would be too much. Yes, the Carpenter/Fowler contracts are barriers that are difficult.