February 9, 2021 at 4:37 am #153850
I don’t think the front office is worried about Knizner maybe being the next Arozarena. The question will be do we want to give Knizner PAs or do we want to get the most out of our pitching staff by having Yadi behind the plate. Putting it another way, suppose you are Arenado and you are seeing the team slogging along playing .500 ball and there’s three outfielders hitting .235 clumped at the bottom of the order, the low cost option is across the diamond at 2B and Yadi is on the bench yet again. Nobody wants to see that happen, but four fifths of it would be unavoidable because Mo has provided no alternative. There is an alternative to the Yadi sitting part.February 9, 2021 at 11:33 am #153873bccranParticipantFree
Really like the video that Hochman came out with using stats to measure Yadi’s effectiveness in high leverage situations, medium leverage situations, and low leverage situations.
He used batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. My favorite stats. Yadi is far more effective in high leverage situations. In 2019 his OPS in high leverage situations was .903. In 2020 it was .922.
Wow.February 9, 2021 at 1:03 pm #15387814NyquisTParticipant
I want to develop play ers, but Yadi playing 140 games grinding to a WS championship is far more desirable than making sure your young catcher has a solid chance to hit .278. People should think about what would truly be great, and dream on that instead of back up catcher development.
With the recent moves by the FO to shift its focus towards winning the division this season makes the Molina contract of 1yr. and reasonable money a no-brainer. Kudos to the FO. Right now I have little doubt that the Cards will win the NLC and have the potential to move higher. The WS is not out of the question.
I couldn’t have said that one month ago…. not even close.February 10, 2021 at 6:24 pm #153947CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
Yadi could have signed the same contract months ago but it wouldn’t have fulfilled his drama needs. Glad to have him back at that price though.February 10, 2021 at 6:35 pm #153950jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
Do you think 9mil was the “ridiculous” offer of months ago?February 10, 2021 at 6:38 pm #153952Nigel TParticipantPaid - Three Months
I rarely disagree with you CC and consider you to be among the wisest of posters, but Yadi couldn’t have signed that contract months ago without drama. He would have been left with regret and self-doubt. We all knew the process that had to play out.
The team would use patience and the market to bring the demands into place, and Yadi had to compete to the very end.
Neither of those objectives could have been met months ago.February 10, 2021 at 6:45 pm #153953
Wouldn’t it have been stupid to sign him before his winter ball was done? Anyway, I have glad he is back.February 10, 2021 at 11:45 pm #153970PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
Good point, Bling. Easy to say after the fact, but Yadi wasn’t going anywhere. Some players are never destined to leave for another team. Could you ever picture Stan Musial in a Pirates uniform? Bob Gibson in a Red Sox uni? Dylan Carlson in a Mets?February 11, 2021 at 4:43 am #153974
Bob Gibson would have refused to put on some of those Marlins uniforms.February 11, 2021 at 8:11 am #15397914NyquisTParticipant
Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Gil Hodges, Warren Spahn…. it was kind of sad but so many greats found work in their senior years. But you are right about Gibby….its almost impossible to picture him in another uniform.
Duke Snider in a Giants uniform????February 12, 2021 at 6:50 am #154041stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
VEB attempting to have some fun with projecting catcher playing time.March 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm #155620
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