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Extending Molina would rank with Carpenter
s extension,Fowlers terrible contract,Cecil
s continuing misfortune,Gregerson etc.You just cant continue to make judgement calls on contracts that backfire.
As far as I am concerned Molina can take his “expected” contract to another team willing to overpay for a declining player.Why let Molina hold the team hostage because of his overinflated ego that thinks he is still a star.Enough.If he wants to make big dollars then let him go elsewhere.Wainwright has proven willing to work with the team so why can`t Molina?Legacy or not Molina does not deserve a big paycheck at this stage of his career.Enough paying for what he did………pay him for what he is doing now and that certainly is not worth anything close to 10 milling IMHO.
I would rather the Cards say no to both Ozuna and Castellanos.Go with vthe the kids.I see no reason a OF of O’Neill,Bader,Thomas,Fowler(unless traded),Edman and maybe Justin Williams and Carlson can’t succeceed.Rather take a chance with the kids instead of overpaid rag armed FAs.
Don’t see a reason to lament the loss of Burgos ….he was light years away from the majors…
Dean is OF depth with MLB experience.
Like the trade.Thins the OF surplus by letting JMart go to AL and DH and RA gets to play backup OF in TB or Durham.
What is the fascination with Jmart? He is what he is..a wild swinging flailaway hitter who is poor defensively and not a threat on the bases .Born to be in the American league.He is no great shakes hitting and certainly poor fielding…….so he might have some value as a bench guy/PH/Dh…big whoops…..when you let a granite glove older player get PT instead of giving the younger guys a chance to see steady PT you are simply kicking the can down the road and wasting young talent.Thats my 2 cents worth.Jmart does nothing that can`t be replaced by TO,Thomas,Ravelo,RA IMO.
The people that continue to dismiss O`Neill like he was yesterdays trash make me laugh.When he has gotten chances to play he has produced and he is still ony 24 years old.Be a complete foolish line of thinking just to write him off at this stage.I know he not flavor of the month like RA or the departed Adolis Garc ia but IMO he is better than either one of them.
Go with the kids.Between O`Neill,Thomas,Arozarena a combination of the 3 should hold the fort.With the 3 kids and Bader and the albatross Fowler that should take care of the OF.You have Justinb Williams and Carlson getting ready in Memphis and if all else fails you can play granite golove JMartinez for short periods.
inexpensive LHP who can start or work out of the pen.Why not? Leaves money to do something else if the chance presents itself.
If he can help in whatever role the Cards use him in and doesn
t cost a bunch then whats not to like? Jeeze people I am as frustrated about the lack of action by the FO also but I dont see the point in ripping every move the FO is trying to do.The season is still a ways off..so the sky isn`t falling yet.As I stated before I still expect some more signings like a Kohl Stewart,Tommy Milone,Drew Smly types.
I just don`t see spending that kind of money on a guy who has only pitched 150 innings 3 times in 6 years and will be 33 when the season starts.Too many risks IMHO.Too pricey,too fragile.
So far the winter meetings have been a big yawn for Cards fans.I expected just as much.It is pretty sad when the highlight of the winter meetings is seeing who your team might take in the RUle 5 draft AAA version.
About time for both guys.Simba.
Have the Rays made a habit of 90 wins .No the last 2 years then 4 losing seasons in a row,then6 winning season ,then 10 losing seasons in a row.Not a bad job but no a long string of 90 win seasons .Trading Pham was smart.Dumping a jackass who was not the best OF on the roster and getting a younger hitter and a top prospect and cutting salary.
the continued dismissal of O
Neill is crazy.When he has gotten a real chance he has produced okay numbers.He is not a guy who does well in a bench role.Arozarena is closer to the .270-280 hitter he was before last year when offense exploded in the minors.Thomas is a solid OF and should be in the mix.I agree with Nyquis..get Fowler the hell out of dodge..as for JMartinez….I wouldnt miss him ….
A OF mix with O`Neill,Bader,Arozarena,Thomas with Edman at times and Carlson coming up sometime in 2020 is not a bad OF..Better defense,better speed,more athletic….why not?Might be less Homeruns but maybe more Doubles…..
Nice article and exactly right on the mark.If Molina shows he can still be a factor then talk a Waino-type deal.If YM no like then go play elsewhere.
So its okay top hamstring the team by giving Molina a extension because he used to be really good ? he is average anymore ..father time catches everyone.Molina doesn
t deserve a huge extension.If its reasonable like Wainwrights that's the smart move.Dont stifle Knizner`s development to satisfy a aging,declining player wwho has missed many games dues to injury the last couple of years.Overpaying for past performance that will hamper future moves is not a smart business choice.
Why trade Knizner? There is no sure thing in the system….Molina has been injured the last 2 years and Wieters did a adequate job he isn
t known for his defense (although he did do okay).Smart move is to start Molina 100 -110 games ,Knizner 50-60 games.Knizner did throw out 3 of 4 baserunners in his 13 starts.Molina threw out 8 of 30 baserunners 26 %.Wieters threw out 8 of 19 baserunners 42%.I know its not all on the catcher but it does show that Molinas arm can`t make up the difference like it used to.
Only if he takes a big pay cut.Reduces his workload and shuts his mouth and lets the manger decide who is catching.
STL25-Shildt sat Carpenter some but he continued to play Fowler daily when Fowler couldn`t hit a barn.That ticked me off.Plus the fact the waste of space Fowler is still sucking payroll.
While certainly unhappy about how some contracts have played out and some trades have not worked out yet things could be a lot worse.Cards have their way of doing things and stick to it.They have triede to venture into big dollars a couple of times (David Price and Stanton) so its not unheard of .None of the FO guys are perfect nor is Shildt but generally do a good job (except for the refusal to see Fowler/Carpenter are not starter quality anymore).While hoping for a big trade for a bat or a good FA SP signing I expect a trade or two with one of the OFs and maybe a low-to-mid-level SP FA innings eater type and several minor league FA pitcher signings to add to the SP competition in Spring training.
Crazy talk to think that CMartinez can be a healthy SP ……..will he even rehab seriously this time after last offseason and his failure to do the work? Will Waino come close to 14 wins and 17-18 QS again? You just can
t wish and make it so.Plan for the worst case scenario.Cmart isnt ready and AW is totally ineffective.Got to have another solid veteran innings eater who will keep you in the games.
I have mixed feelings on Ozuna.I like his power but he is so inconsistent and his defense….? Will he age well and while he was okay this season the offense was still very inconsistent with him in the lineup.Do we hope for a solid steady season from him and Goldy at the middle of the order or hope he turns down the QO and Cards go young or try and trade for a less power more contact type guy ?November 2, 2019 at 9:37 am in reply to: Mayers Leaves Cards via Waivers, C Hudson Dropped from 40-Man #113501
Too bad Mayers could never harness his stuff and be a consistent bullpen guy.Hudson is a serviceable guy to have at AAA.I suspect he might come back and if not I expect another veteran AAA type to be a NRI for Spring training.Now just get Fowler the hell out of town.
Forsch-the glass is setting in the middle.Undecided on which way to go.Skeptical on one hand-hopeful on the other.It would be great if all the kids came in and performed to expectations or better and avoided any sophomore slumps or stayed healthy but how often does that happen? Thomas might have been able to help but he got hurt,O
Neill played okay when he got to start for a couple of weeks then got hurt and Shildt banished TO to waste away on the bench while playing the waste of space Fowler.Shildt had Arozareena for what a month? he sat him while playing Edman in the OF while Fowler sucked as usual.Schildts inflexibility and his refusal to use all his different options cost in the end.why have Poncedeleon on the playoffs roster? Why not another bench bat? ONeill would have been a better choice.Ravelo too.needing more than 10-11 pitchers in a short playoff series is rare.Better bench options would have helped IMO.Shildt is baffling at times..i know he is still a work in progress but IMO he simply wore Gant and Gallegos out,wasted and discarded O`Neill,Thomas and Arozarena while continuing to send Fowler out every day.