I don't know about the report card's status but Mo did add the team's leading home-run hitter at eight via a $2 million free-agent contract. That was Brad Miller. Had the Cardinals known there would be a DH this year they might have looked at Ozuna as that type of player because they were worried about him in the outfield, as you'll notice, the Braves were, too, after they signed him as a free agent. Still, his loss wasn't filled.
Reyes will be in the rotation next year, or be conditioned to do so next spring. His arm should be strong enough by now.
I would hit Goldschmidt fourth behind Carlson and try to acquire Conforto or Polanco or any of 10 or so other players to hit fifth. It's too early to pin it down any earlier than this.
Too many walks and strikeouts. Pitchers have to throw strike one. And when hitters hit, they need to swing at strike one. Also, pitchers are throwing so hard these days that many times the only contact that is being made by hitters is a foul ball to stay alive, instead of the ball being put into play.
Your point is valid. I thought Wong was going to be that man, given his increased emphasis on working counts this spring. But he didn't draw as many walks as we thought he would during the season and he hit in the .250s and .260s. Ideally, I would go for hitters with good situational hitting backgrounds first and figure out your leadoff man later.
The defense kept the Cardinals in many games--and won others--all season long. When it lags, as it did in the seventh inning on Friday, it shows up because the offense again was inconsistent, or in this case, AWOL.
Every manager isn't for every player and the main thing is you can't treat all the players the same. Some have to be treated more gently. Others can handle a stark truth, as pointed out by the manager. The Cardinals' season didn't end quickly because Shildt didn't get through to all of them. It ended because their team wasn't good enough.
I concur that a trade is more likely for a hitter than free agency although there may be some bargains when teams let go of higher salaried players because they don't think they can afford them.
Maybe. But the Cardinals weren't good enough during the season to get a chance to play at Busch last week.
Quite a few, actually. Bill White, Bob Uecker, Julian Javier, Dick Groat, Dal Maxvill, Ed Spiezio among them. Curt Simmons is 91.
And, greetings to you guys too. It was a mutual decision for Martinez to go back to the Dominican Republic. He may have thrown his last game for the Cardinals but they will have to find another taker first because they owe him $11 million for next season, plus some whopping option years that won't be picked up.
Lindor is coming up on arbitration this off-season, which would send him over $20 million but can't officially become a free agent until after next year. That isn't to say, however, that the Indians wouldn't trade him this off-season.
The Cardinals already have Joc Pederson. He's Tyler O'Neill. Both had seven homers. Both play acceptable left field. Both hit .190 or below this season.
Sixty games (or 58) was all the front office had. Thomas still probably hasn't had enough chance although he didn't deserve to have much, with his play this year. Williams is not a prospect, to me. So, in essence. . . the answer is yes.
There will be many, many, many short-term deals this winter, with the possibility of option years in such deals paying more depending on how club's revenue streams are next year.
Thanks very much. Lou and Bob were friends and that made it tougher but I hoped I conveyed their personalities as well as their deeds. The Cardinals might lose a few players who helped them at times this year but nobody major comes to mind.
I don't think Cleveland is getting quite enough in that deal. They're getting a reliever who throws 100 but hasn't proven himself and two fringe players. But you try anything. Carlos will be gone if somebody wants him.
The position doesn't necessarily matter although it would appear there could be two openings in the outfield.
If they want to talk Clint Frazier, I'm listening. Not sure what value Martinez has until the phone starts ringing.