August 15, 2021 at 4:14 pm #169899
Because he grew up in St. Louis. Played little league ball, traveling team ball and pitched at Parkway Central High School here. Then pitched at U. of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Only 120 miles from St. Louis.August 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm #1699021982 willieParticipantPaid - Annual
I didn’t know that bccran, thanks. Still not sure a lot of people think like that anymore though. Maybe when they first come up but later in life, people have other priorities. Has he said he was a cardinal fan.August 15, 2021 at 5:04 pm #169907
Scherzer hasnt really ever volunteered the info that he’d love to play for the bfib etc ala mark buehrle- in fact when asked hes pretty much said he has no allegiance to the area/team.
That being said hes the type of pitcher big guys might end up not favoring and we could come out on top anyway. Regardless i get the feeling we aren’t getting any kind of hometown discountAugust 15, 2021 at 6:16 pm #169908
Scherzer has stated publicly that he’d like to pitch for the Cardinals…August 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm #169909blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
I give Cards signing Scherzer a 0% probability. Less than that even.August 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm #169911mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
Scherzer will be 3 months shy of his 38 th birthday as the 2022 season gets underway. I don’t know what kind of contract he will ‘demand’. But I sure hope the Cardinals don’t give it to him. We’re shedding two bad contracts after this season. Please, Mo, don’t replace them with more bad contracts. Speaking of bad contracts, Andrew Miller will collect every penny of the millions promised him by Mo regardless of where he is or what he’s doing in September. His contributions to the team have been minimal. When Mikolas gets activated, I think they should DFA Andrew Miller.August 15, 2021 at 9:07 pm #169912kscardfanParticipantFree
Scherzer too old. Better to go after a younger Starter. Ray, Pineda, Stroman, Gausman… Flaherty, Ray?, Hudson, Kim, Waino, Reyes, Oviedo etc..If in contention come Aug then look for a Scherzer.August 15, 2021 at 9:17 pm #169913RatsbuddyParticipantFree
So what are the odds that Lester, Happ, and LeBlanc are in the Cards rotation in 2022?August 15, 2021 at 10:06 pm #169914PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
Happ – 13%
LeBlanc – 75%
Lester – 4%August 15, 2021 at 10:33 pm #169915
If scherzer has said hed like to play for the cardinals he sure hasnt been very emphatic about lobbying for it. I have no doubt everything else equal he would like be close to home- but that implies money is equal . Ive heard dan mclaughlin imply more than once that hes inferred its a relatively unimportant factor when it comes to a contract negotiation- who knows.August 16, 2021 at 5:49 am #169916ZTRParticipantFree
I didn’t realize he was 37-38. Seems pretty risky. Will he come on a 1 year – 10 million deal like Wainwright did?August 16, 2021 at 7:29 am #169928
Great question about Leblanc, Lester, and Happ. Which one would be the best fit for augmenting the 2022 rotation? A lefty if they don’t bring Kim back?August 16, 2021 at 8:54 am #169935
I know Scherzer is from Missouri but usually sentiment doesn’t mean as much as cash. I am skeptical we will overpay to get him.
I would definitely be in favor of bringing LeBlanc back and maybe Happ too. Lester hasn’t impressed me as much. As for the bullpen I think we should strongly consider bringing back McFarland and Garcia. They have been much better than our vaunted internal options.August 16, 2021 at 8:59 am #169937Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - Annual
Lester & Happ 1st Cardinal left handed starters to win in consecutive games since Garcia & Lyons June 12 & 13/2015 also vs. Royals
— Tom Orf (@MU4124) August 16, 2021August 17, 2021 at 10:10 pm #170039Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
If Scherzer were to sign with us, whatever the odds, what is the length and value of his contract? I’m thinking he’ll get an offer from some team, maybe 3 years, 100 plus million? He is getting up there in age, but has been very durable.August 18, 2021 at 9:07 am #170061
I think Scherzer will get at least 3 years/$75M on his next deal and maybe more if a bidding war breaks out. If the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, and Giants start bidding on him I don’t see Mo winning that battle.
When is the last time we signed an elite level free agent from outside the organization? It rarely happens. Mo can land the middle tier free agents (Jhonny Peralta, Dexter Fowler, Mike Leake, Greg Holland, Andrew Miller, Miles Mikolas (international), Kwang hyun-Kim (international), but not the elite free agents. To get elite level talent we usually do it by trades.
We also have to consider that we are already paying big money to Arenado and Goldy with Mikolas not too far behind. We don’t need our payroll to get too top heavy where we can’t afford to fill out the roster with quality depth.August 18, 2021 at 9:34 am #170067Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - AnnualAugust 18, 2021 at 11:22 am #170073PadsFSParticipantPaid - Annual
Our currently signed stable of pitchers includes Flaherty, Mikolas, Hudson, Oviedo, and, I guess, Poncedeleon.
In AAA, Liberatore is pretty close, but he should stay in AAA if possible given he would only be 22 years old.
I think they should definitely re-sign both Wainwright and Kim. The short-term commitment would give us much better stability given the very fragile group listed above. To me, it certainly makes sense to sign a Scherzer or a Verlander to go along with this group above. We are obviously in a win-now mode so having a rotation of FA starter, Wainwright, Flaherty, then a half a dozen unknowns is pretty crucial.August 22, 2021 at 7:51 am #170394
Pads – totally agree that they should re-sign both Waino and Kim. And go hard after Scherzer. Would also sign Lester to a one year deal.August 22, 2021 at 11:40 am #170421
Happ has performed better than Lester for the Cardinals. I would take LeBlanc over Lester too.August 22, 2021 at 12:03 pm #170428August 22, 2021 at 12:15 pm #170429
I can see 3 yrs for scherzer- no way someone gives him a mid 20s aav however. I just think other clubs will feel money is better spent elsewhere- including (hopefully) the cardinals. Hes a hall of famer – but i dont want him into his 40s.August 22, 2021 at 12:29 pm #170430mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
No to Scherzer unless he would agree to a one year deal maybe with a mutual option for a second year. Not much chance of that happening. Happ looks like he would be okay on a one year contract. But the problem with that is that he would know that it’s his last contract, and, IMO, that takes away a player’s drive since he knows his career is coming to a close regardless of what he does. The best thing would be for Mo to trade for a pitcher that was still in his prime. The last thing I want to see is for the Cardinals to take on bad contract since, for the first time in awhile, they won’t have one on the books.August 22, 2021 at 3:35 pm #170447
I’d only go with Lester because of his playoff experience.August 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm #170472blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
Between Wainwright, Flaherty, Hudson and Mikolas, I think the Cards brass will feel confident that any two will likely be healthy and in the rotation at all times next season. They will consider that the top of the rotation covered and will not be looking to pay another top of rotation guy, or take a chance on that kind of contract. They will look to bring in one or two work-a-day horse types to eat middle/bottom of rotation innings. Our magical list of arms can fill in around that. I am not sure what they can do about filling in the holes in the rotations at Memphis and Springfield. Besides the magical list of arms I mean.
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