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  • in reply to: TCN’s 2021 Top 50 Prospect List Countdown #146900
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    I cannot take exception to Matt’s assessment of Mendoza’s future probably being that of an up-and-down player. He simply lacks the power to be a big-league starter at either infield corner.

    I’ve always liked Mendoza and he has shown spurts of hitting very well. Being an up and down hitter and lacking power doesn’t help his stock and probably are Matt’s concerns. His glove will keep him around but he needs to show more up than down at the plate to advance. Also, I don’t know if he will ever gain the power needed to take the next step.

    in reply to: TCN’s 2021 Top 50 Prospect List Countdown #146899
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    2021 individual rankings – Brian Walton #49, Matt Thompson #38.

    Apparently Matt, like myself, seems to be higher on Kruczynski. Outside of Rondon I don’t see any other AA pitchers passing by Kruc. Its true that ’19 and of course ’20 didn’t do much to raise his stock however his ceiling is still there but like Brian pointed out he’ll need to giddyup with a couple of premier prospects likely to be on his heels very soon.

    in reply to: Community 2021 Top 50 Prospect Voting #146785
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    #2 Liberatore

    in reply to: Community 2021 Top 50 Prospect Voting #146753
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    Gorman beats out Liberatore by a nose at the wire. He has an open spot to fill and the Cards are already penciling him in there as are many Card fans.

    in reply to: January 2021 Instructional Camp #146710
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    A big portion of our prospects have already been away from the game for +/- 6 months and have lost a year of development. This is true for the other 29 organization as well and not unique for our guys.

    I think that they deserve to return to some form of normalcy ASAP. They have already lost some consideration on the team’s depth charts as the players higher up then them have been playing since July.
    Caution… tough decisions ahead.

    in reply to: Yadier Molina Contract Extension?? #146708
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    I seem to think that Molina would have no business being on the ’22 version of this team. That will be the year the Cards are targeting to see a change on the roster and in the culture of the organization. The distraction that would likely occur if he doesn’t project as the starting catcher is probably inevitable.
    I can’t see the Cards spending what Molina thinks he is worth for a two year contract. It would be more prudent to cut bait now.

    in reply to: Wong Gone (Most Likely)-2021 Option Declined #146426
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    Both he and Wong gone spells one thing…..”MO HAS A BIG ACQUISITION LOOMING”.

    Maybe its a new home in a different city.

    in reply to: Potential improving position players for 2021 #146425
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    Hernandez was named the Multi-Position Fielding Bible Award winner with 48 points. Second was Cardinal utility man Tommy Edman….

    So this should quell some of the comments that Edman is merely mediocre as a defender. It must have hurt to include him in the Bible voting story.

    O’Neill’s winning the LF spot is a feather in his hat and should put Bader on notice. Just maybe O’Neill’s defense was underrated here.

    in reply to: Yadier Molina Contract Extension?? #146424
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    Molina’s demands to play every game, his controversial comments over and over and his ego will likely hurt his getting the money and two years that he thinks he deserves. Yadi will never get the respect he thinks he has earned outside of St. Louis because of the legacy thing. Our FO probably realizes this.

    Fortunately or unfortunately, (depending on how you view his value to the team) he will most likely stay unless he follows Wainwright down to Atlanta. I still think that he would favor Miami but if he does walk it will be his loss. He has a cushy job here.

    in reply to: Yadier Molina Contract Extension?? #146303
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    There is little doubt that Molina likes playing with younger guys. They would be players that Molina could point to and say “look how I improved this team”. That is if they actually improve… especially pitchers.

    in reply to: Player Payroll/Budget #146301
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    I sense each year’s business case is looked at independently.

    That would be true… in normal times.

    Another way to frame it is to ask how long the 2020 (and assumed 2021) losses will affect future years. This will be important to understand but very difficult if not impossible to sort out.

    Prospects are relatively low hits to the budget. Much hope should be placed on their success.

    in reply to: Potential improving position players for 2021 #146298
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    Edman, O’Neill and Carson. They are all hard working guys and seem to want “it” the most.

    in reply to: Yadier Molina Contract Extension?? #146294
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    Molina to the Marlins. He likes warmth and is better suited for that climate.

    in reply to: Player Payroll/Budget #146293
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    As requsted:

    Wong’s departure is just another example of the FO’s misfortune of handing out too much money on what has turned out to be poor signings and extensions. We all know that litany. Declining Wong’s option year might be an omen of what additional payroll cuts are yet to come. If they sent Wong packing will it be less of a shock to see Molina and Wainwright gone?

    DeWitt and company must be seeing gloomy financial days ahead extending into next season. Any $$ they can save now can be used to “rebuild” in ’22 and as far as being competitive in ’21, let the chips fall where they may. There is still questions looming regarding next season and how C-19 will effect it. There is little reason to ante up for something so much in doubt…. will people be allowed to pay money to attend games at all? and how many? If there is little or no gate receipts what will that mean to the Cards and for that matter the rest of MLB?

    How long will the pandemic linger? No one can tell us. What further damage will it create for baseball and other sports that rely on fannies in their seats?

    I don’t expect great things from the ’21 edition of the Cards. The FO will go with what they have… and of those can you name one that overachieved or even matched their expectations last season? The lineup is stale. My hopes are that the new crop of prospects can succeed in rejuvenating a team in its decline. Who or what brought this on is for fans to speculate on. There may be little sense in finger-pointing at this juncture but everyone that is a true fan of the Cards is entitled to do just that… after all its their team too. What has happened to this organization?… and why? Most guys here already know what my target is.

    in reply to: Wong Gone (Most Likely)-2021 Option Declined #146291
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    Wong’s departure is just another example of the FO’s misfortune of handing out too much money on what has turned out to be poor signings and extensions. We all know that litany. Declining Wong’s option year might be an omen of what additional payroll cuts are yet to come. If they sent Wong packing will it be less of a shock to see Molina and Wainwright gone?

    DeWitt and company must be seeing gloomy financial days ahead extending into next season. Any $$ they can save now can be used to “rebuild” in ’22 and as far as being competitive in ’21, let the chips fall where they may. There is still questions looming regarding next season and how C-19 will effect it. There is little reason to ante up for something so much in doubt…. will people be allowed to pay money to attend games at all? and how many? If there is little or no gate receipts what will that mean to the Cards and for that matter the rest of MLB?

    How long will the pandemic linger? No one can tell us. What further damage will it create for baseball and other sports that rely on fannies in their seats?

    I don’t expect great things from the ’21 edition of the Cards. The FO will go with what they have… and of those can you name one that overachieved or even matched their expectations last season? The lineup is stale. My hopes are that the new crop of prospects can succeed in rejuvenating a team in its decline. Who or what brought this on is for fans to speculate on. There may be little sense in finger-pointing at this juncture but everyone that is a true fan of the Cards is entitled to do just that… after all its their team too. What has happened to this organization?… and why? Most guys here already know what my target is.

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2020-2021 offseason) #145691
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    Sign in Card’s upper management offices hallway: THINK 2022

    in reply to: Yadier Molina Contract Extension?? #145449
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    I’m not sure how Molina could be thought of as a good starting C candidate for the Cards in ’22 and actually that includes ’21 also. His value has been trending downward and just by his age will likely not increase. If the Yankees should bid high for him during his free agency, he should go for the $$. The legacy thing in St. Louis is overrated and so is that second manager on the field idea. His off the field shinanagins are getting old and his latest conspiracy theory just adds to that category.

    We could finally get to see what exactly we have with the younger prospects especially if we can see Herrera at some point during ’21. I’m feeling that if we give Molina the two years that he wants at the salary that he is looking for it will be to the detriment of the team. I’d wish him well and move on.

    in reply to: Our Younger OFers #145362
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    He’s not one of the young OFs but here’s an interview with Fowler. Its a little insight on what makes Dexter tick…. rapid Q&As. Its a fun read.

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2914696-dexter-fowler-talks-cubs-world-series-title-barry-bonds-more-in-br-ama

    in reply to: Management/Coaches #145179
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    The Cardinals have not won a trade since 2016

    VEB features this piece from Ben Godar today. You can say this isn’t so but there is a list of who we got and who we traded away that is heavily tilted towards we gave up a lot more than we received. And don’t forget all the failed signings and extensions. The reason that we finished very low in the offensive stats is because Mozeliak has given us a lineup that can bring most of our fans to tears.

    READ THIS.

    https://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2020/10/21/21524717/the-cardinals-have-not-won-a-trade-since-2016

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #144670
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    MM3…. can we get an update today?

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #144669
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    Okay so we traded Arozarena and now he is on the verge of becoming a big name in this year’s WS…. a potential All-Star. We did get Liberatore who, by reports from the Springfield camp, had a impressive 2020.
    He is on schedule to be in St. Louis sometime in 2021, right?

    But what about the other guy we got in that trade? He is a 19 y.o. catcher by the name of Edgardo Rodriguez. There isn’t a lot data on him except that he is 6’0″ and 200ish lbs. with an ETA of 2023. The Venezuelan is still growing and that he can hit and hit for power. One report foresees him moving to 1B or a corner outfielder. Did I say he can hit? We just might have something really good here. The thing is that he signed at age 17 and becomes R-5 eligible after the ’21 season. I already said he can hit and hit for power, right?

    Presently on the GCL-Cards roster, he is certainly a candidate for us to keep an eye on.

    in reply to: Management/Coaches #144479
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    Albert was probably making more $$ than Budaska so he had to stay. Mozeliak brought him in and didn’t want another black eye. I would have gone with Bud, he was a players type of guy and more comfortable with that position.

    OK BW fire away.

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    Stay strong MM…. we need you here. I for one appreciate your comments and take them with all due respect of your knowledge of what is sometimes called “the Cardinal nation”.

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2020-2021 offseason) #144471
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    I can see 6 players on the 40-man that are expendable but have some value and could be used as throw-ins for a trade. Trading away more players than we receive seems to be the best solution to the crunch. That scenario is not always available and finding a trading partner that would want the lesser valued players is a whole different story. This will be a challenge for the FO for sure. There will likely need to be outrights as well to get the 40-man where it needs to be.

    Brian this piece sets the roster situation in a new light. Thanks, very informative and concise. I read through it twice just to be able to understand what is actually what.

    in reply to: Cardinals’ Off-season Needs #144362
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    Getting one player that is a certified all-star won’t be a game changer to the Cards in ’21. It would take a few guys from the present lineup to have career years in ’21 to propel this team back to the tier 1. (very iffy)

    I would think that the guy upstairs will be avoiding to take on any large salaries for the next season unless there are signs in his crystal ball pointing to the Cards making a 180 in one season. A lot of the budget is tied up by poor decisions in the past few years. When those albatrosses are gone… only then can the franchise move forward towards ’22 with an influx of promising high level prospects and a pickup or two for depth.

    DeWitt, should be thinking of saving up his money for prudent extensions that will pan out for a change. But hey, its always a crap-shoot. Recently this club is a fine example of how things can go south in a short period of time. If you want you can call the circumstances of 2020 just plain old bad luck. However…. some how we crawled into the post-season. And what can you attribute that to? [scratching my head]. Who can remember having two or three Cards in the top ten in BA. That used to be quite common.

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