March 19, 2022 at 8:05 pm #181074blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
He’s satisfied to be competitive and doesn’t care about winning the big prize.
I think he cares about and wants to field a team every year that has a chance. That is more than can be said for many, perhaps most, owners. Admittedly, not a great chance some years, but usually enough of a chance to keep things interesting most of the season. We Cardinals fans have no experience with what it must be like to be fans of a team that goes into a season with no hope of being anything but a door mat from start to finish. I give the owner credit for that.March 19, 2022 at 8:44 pm #181075
Anybody got any scoop on Pujols? We are less than three weeks away from Opening Day. Seems like he would want to get signed and get into the swing of things.
r/Esteemed RatMarch 19, 2022 at 9:06 pm #181077bccranParticipant
BDW, Jr. wants to win as badly as any poster on here. But he also wants to set a budget and stay within it.March 19, 2022 at 9:39 pm #181078stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
BDW, Jr. wants to win as badly as any poster on here. But he also wants to set a budget and stay within it.
Which means the budget outstrips the desire to win. I think as owners go, we are blessed to have him. I do wish that he’d go Ilitch once in a while, not just to spend for the sake of spending but to target some high end talent that costs only money for a change. Even a $30M player in 7+ years may not be that outpriced if revenues continue to rise. Perhaps they are all waiting for the bottom to fall out.March 19, 2022 at 9:52 pm #181079
I think DeWitt believes winning would be nice, but being just competitive enough to make as much $ as possible is much more important than winning. If player acquisition cuts into the profit margin it ain’t happening. Remember, Dewitt claimed baseball in not a very profitable business.
I really wish someone in the media would ask him why he isn’t looking to sell if it isn’t profitable. Per Forbes, they came in at #7 last year with a Team Value $2.245B Calculated as of March 2021. Seems to be a nice amount to retire on.
I guess I am tired of all the bologna that comes out of his and Mo’s mouths. DeWitt from a few years ago: We can push the luxury tax level for the right player. Mo and his we have dry powder…
As they be competitive mantra worked last year, they think the Cards are the 17 game winning streak team, when they are probably much closer to the team that played the first 120 games. I really hope I am wrong, but in my opinion, this off season has been BAD.
Maybe Mo can work some trade magic. He seems to be better at that than signing people.March 19, 2022 at 10:39 pm #181080blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
anybody got any scoop on Pujols?
Nothing since the ridiculous non-rumor ‘rumor’ that a couple clubs have interest, speculated to be Dodgers and Cards. Nobody had to be Nostradamus to come up with that. His last team was paying minimum wage and got their money’s worth.March 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm #181093
Trevor Story to the Red Sox. 6 years $140M.March 20, 2022 at 12:48 pm #181095
I would rather have DeJong and Sosa at $7M than Story at $23M.March 20, 2022 at 1:14 pm #181097Nathan Leopold Jr.ParticipantFree
Junior wants to draw 3.4 million and count his money. Being competitive allows him to do that. Sure he wants to win, who doesn’t but he is unwilling to spend the money necessary to do that. You can stay within the limit of a budget or win the WS. You can’t do both. Some fans are happy to have a financially solvent team that has no chance to win the WS…I’m not. Storey just got way and could have been had for a reasonable amount. Another missed chance to improve the team and keep the Cardinal players from watching the World Series on television…again.March 20, 2022 at 2:02 pm #181098
Michael Conforto anyone? Gives OF 4 legitimate players, so all can have days ‘off’ as DH. Lefty bat. Would cost a draft pick though.March 20, 2022 at 2:31 pm #181099PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
I’m not comfortable with a Conforto addition, Card4Ever. I believe we will soon have a glut of quality of’ers and will be looking to deal off a couple over the next year.March 20, 2022 at 2:35 pm #181100stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Michael Conforto anyone? Gives OF 4 legitimate players, so all can have days ‘off’ as DH. Lefty bat. Would cost a draft pick though.
I would love to have Conforto, but with him on board that would be 5 OFers plus Yepez, potentially. I don’t see it happening.
One thing I’m not sure of is the draft pick deal. I know they agreed to scrap it if an international draft is agreed upon but I’m not sure if that is already in place for this year or not.March 20, 2022 at 3:32 pm #181104
I agree with Mr. Addams. With Dickerson on board there is no way the Cards go after Conforto.March 21, 2022 at 7:47 am #181123OnyxgemParticipantFree
Cards won’t really do anything when it comes to FA, they like their low hanging fruit and going dumpster diving….March 21, 2022 at 9:48 am #181124CardsFanInChiTownParticipantFree
Sign Tony Watson! Didn’t know he was still out there, above average LH BP arm. He should definitely be in the budget, and likely only a one-year deal, I am shocked that he still a free agent. With the inevitable injuries, having another solid lefty out of the pen would be outstanding.March 21, 2022 at 12:54 pm #181127Nigel TParticipantPaid - Three Months
I think it was an excellent off season. We have covered the developmental pitching pieces, so none are being counted to carry a taxing load. On the other hand, three top pitching prospects have legit opportunity to earn a spot.
Paul Dejong could end up a red jacket guy if he simply plays out his current deal at his career numbers. I would suggest Dejong has the intellect and drive that Story or any other FA shortstop possesses, and he is already ours.
The thing that wins championships is an interdependent group which overcomes a series of formidable obstacles by pulling as one. Eliminating every obstacle by April has never been an ingredient in the recipe to cook up world series titles.March 21, 2022 at 1:25 pm #181128858booyahParticipantFree
I don’t think the Cardinals are wanting to sign a 36 year old bullpen arm but I’ve been wrong before. The price would have to be right.
I mean there’s a reason he’s still out there a week after the lockout ended. Either he’s asking for too much or most teams don’t want him.March 21, 2022 at 1:33 pm #181129858booyahParticipantFree
Right now if Paulie could match his projections on baseball reference you’d take it. That is his ceiling as far as I’ve seen. The floor is what we’ve seen since May 22 of 2019. He has flat out sucked at the plate since around that time. He likes to hit homers amd play defense and that’s all he likes to do.March 21, 2022 at 3:14 pm #181132GameCardParticipantFree
I am fine with what the Cardinals have done but the one player that I would have added is Kyle Schwarber. He is a power DH LH hitting player to compliment the RH power hitter that we have.March 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm #181143March 23, 2022 at 6:40 am #181166Nathan Leopold Jr.ParticipantFree
D is correctMarch 23, 2022 at 9:30 am #181179mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
I’d give them st least a C. I like the Matz signing. I’m okay with Dickerson for one year.March 23, 2022 at 9:49 am #181180Nigel TParticipantPaid - Three Months
You offer a low grade because they constructed a roster with very few holes?
I guess we should block all prospects with MLB outcasts, so your expert grading systems can remain unchallenged.April 12, 2022 at 10:07 am #182278
In his weekly chat yesterday, Derrick Goold very eloquently explained why the Dodgers are the way they are. He does a much better job than what I have tried to do the last few years. He says that yes the Dodgers spend a lot of money but if you think that is why they are good every year then you are missing the boat, which is what I have been trying to say. I started this discussion trying to pay Mo a compliment by comparing him to Friedman but it then morphed into a discussion of payroll only. It is about more than payroll.April 12, 2022 at 10:09 am #182279
Question: Why are the Dodgers able to draft lower in the draft every year like the Cardinals yet maintain such a strong farm system that produces high quality talent? Is it just a matter of them having more money to spend on everything (scouting, development) than teams like the Cardinals or are they just better at what they do?
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