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  • in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #114440
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    Miguel Andujar is someone I hope Mo is talking to Cashman about a lot. He had an injury plagued year, and the Cards would want to see his medical records as well as inspect him themselves, on the flip side that should keep the asking price down a little bit. With them having Urshela and way to many DH options, they will at least be listening on him.

    In his healthy rookie season, he hit .287, 47 2B’s, 27 HR’s with an .855 OPS. I bring up the doubles because he was 23 then and will likely turn some of those into HR’s. His D isn’t gold glove level, but I could about guarantee it would be better than Carp.

    If (big if at that) Fowler would be willing to waive his no trade protection, could they swap Ellsbury to the Cards which would reduce their cap hit over 5M in 2020. They would also have to cover the 5M buyout in 2021. The Cards payroll for 2020 would go up 5M in 2020, but go down in 2021 by 16.5.

    I know they are trying to get below, and stay below, the luxury tax and something like that could help sweeten the pot for them.

    The question is, what else would the Cards have to give up to get him? They are desperate for pitching, would Dakota Hudson (who I think is due for major regression) and Fowler for Andujar and Ellsbury get it done?

    This would include trading an OF (O’neill or Randy) and a smaller piece for Matt Boyd, but over the next 3 years I think Boyd >> Hudson.

    They would still have a hole in the staff, but could potentially partially backload a deal for Kuechel, projected at 3/39, broken out to 9 in 2020 and then 15 in 21-22 (wanting 2 lefties obviously) to offset taking on more for Ellsbury in 2020.

    Rotation: JF(R), Keuchel(L), Mikolas(R), Boyd(L), Waino/Ponce/Reyes/Gomber/Woodford/Cabrera

    Infield: Yadi, Goldy, Wong, DeJong, Andujar
    Outfield: Lane Thomas can just play all 3 spots

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #114311
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    Unless the Cards can get an absolute haul for Wong, what is with the Whit idea? To be an OF? The lineup is undoubtedly pathetic and more importantly “weak” as it is. The OF and 3B are the only spots they can potentially find a 4…a 5 and a 6 spot bat. If the Cards had a huge hole at 2B, then I’m all for it. They have two guys (Wong and Edman) that are above or well above average options for 2B. As an OF, or whatever is being suggested, and what it would take in prospects to get him, I don’t like the idea.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #114237
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    I’d like to recruit a few of you gents and ladies to join my “Sign Drew Pomeranz” bandwagon…..

    As a reliever, over 102 games, and 115.2 IP, he has 10.9 K/9, 2.72 ERA and a 1.089 WHIP (undervalued stat after suffering through a drunken CMart season).

    He’s projected at 2/16M on MLBTraderumors, the teams they pick are not good, but they are typically close on the dollars and years.

    As a reliever, and seeing him in person twice in Milwaukee, he could be the younger, not quite as good version of Andrew Miller 4 years ago.

    3yr/18M with a year 4 vesting option at 9M/1M buyout would be a more than fair offer and keep the AAV down, Dewallet needs to make his $200M a year so I’m not sure they would add such a nice luxury when they are already paying Cecil at roughly the same amount.

    Do I have any takers to join my bandwagon?

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    Ozuna is as good as gone folks, can they get Gallen back though?

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    I would not be at all shocked if the contract is the exact same one he signed last offseason. That was a very fair deal for both sides. Secondly, both sides are hopeful that he maxes out his incentives.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #114130
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    I would assume Leone will be non-tendered right? Unless they can find a trade partner before they have to. He’s projected between 1.5 and 2M, if they are on such a constrained budget (which I still think is ridiculous and unacceptable and nonsense and cheap and greedy, etc) they should let him go or trade him for a box of cracker jacks to the AL.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #114089
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    Good point Euro, I doubt if they do, but who knows on the verbiage. Basically he would, at a minimum, have to miss half the year.

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    Something random to keep in mind looking out to 2021, I did not realize that Andrew Miller’s 3rd year option ($12M) will automatically vest if he has 110 appearances in 2019 and 2020. Meaning he only needs 37 appearances this year for it to be automatically picked up.

    This has nothing to do with any other discussions taking place, just something I was completely unaware of and I’m sure others were too.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals line-up & rotation #113997
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    I agree that he has a lot of value with the numbers you suggest, but some were talking about how we have a solid 1 and 2 in Flaherty and Hudson, and Hudson is good and a very valuable asset, but not a #2 or 3 starter on a championship contender.

    I sure wish they would have taken Walker Buehler instead of Nick Plummer!

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113993
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    Gscott, what else do you think it would take?

    I included Gant due to him still having some value, but we’ve seen over and over where a reliever gets over worked and then falls off. Kevin Seigrist is the perfect example of my worries about Gant moving forward.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113989
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    An actual idea for what the thread is about…. I just read that the Mets are going to be in the market for a CF, and I’ve also read on here that a lot of folks would love to take a flier on Edwin Diaz.

    I absolutely love watching Bader in the field, especially in person, that dude can fly! However, defense, base running and hitting are all attributes you need to have in a position player. He’s great at 2 (defense and running the bases), but Lane Thomas might be, slightly not as excellent in the field, but in my opinion, the CF job is between him and Arozarena in ST. From nothing more than the eye test Thomas looks like he could be really good at the plate.

    Bader and Gant for Diaz would would be giving them a cheap option at a clear area of need and a BP replacement, and unlike the Cardinals, their lineup is decent enough to allow for Bader being in the lineup everyday.

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    Mikolas as the #2 GameCard? I swear I’m not trying to fight with ya because you make a lot of good points BUT…

    4.16 Era, 1.2 WHIP, low K’s, etc (in the NL)

    That’s a 4 or 5 on a championship contender in my opinion.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113954
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    I, in no way shape or form said that it is not a good organization, I said that they could very easily expand payroll to be able to afford a few luxuries and be in the 190-200 area and still increase the bottom line by 100-200M a year.

    They have been in the top three of MLB most profitable teams for the past decade, and one could argue that those numbers are not proven facts. But when you have the fan support in the stadium, plus ballpark Village, plus the TV revenue, MLB revenue, etc. the facts are there that the numbers are correct. DeRich is only growing his personal numbers.

    Consider the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization numbers, plus all the other cardinal related ventures numbers that he figured out how to politic and make money off of.

    If a person on here thinks they can’t get close to 200M in payroll and “him” still “make” $50M and increase the value of Ownership by $150M, you’ve been Dewitted…..

    if you’re ok with $160 payroll and no offense again and one solid starting pitcher, you’ve been… Dewitted

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113947
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    GameCard drank the Koolaid folks, beware! They have been in the top three profitable teams the past 5 years…. please explain how spending a little more and not being cheap is not infuriating?

    I’m completely ignoring your idiotic “he is not cheap” comment.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113936
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    Is anyone else annoyed with how cheap Dewitt is? Anyone who argues that they are maxed out and can’t add a big contract and several extra pieces be close to the LT line has drank the DeWitt Kool-Aid for too long that they can’t, they are poor, they are struggling…. etc. It’s not can’t, it’s won’t/greed! Frustrating is not a strong enough word to say the least.

    1) 3.4M through the gates
    2) Very good local TV deal w high ratings
    3) BP Village Revenue
    4) MLB revenue and he’s never dreamed of paying the tax

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals line-up & rotation #113924
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    I notice a lot of people on here are claiming that Dakota Hudson is going to come into 2020 and put up 16 Wins and a 3.35 ERA. I’m looking at him as a solid #4/5 starter for a few reasons.

    1) 1.408 WHIP – 4.4 BB per nine and 8.2 hits per nine
    2) Led the majors in BB’s overall
    3) 4.93 FIP – I take those numbers with a grain of salt, regardless, he had to get very lucky to end up with a 3.35 ERA
    4) 7.0 K’s per nine, that’s not terrible by any means, but not a #2 or 3 type starter stuff, they typically are over 8, even Waino was at 8.0 this past season

    I’m not saying he isn’t a value to the organization, just that expectations should be of him being the 2 or 3 guy moving forward.

    Doubtful anyone will agree with this, but he’s a perfect example of a situation where they should look into selling high.

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    They don’t do great on picking the teams, but their contract amounts and years are usually pretty darn close. Same with their Arb projections.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113764
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    GScott, unfortunately Bernie isn’t to far off, and he would know as well as any how they operate.

    If the Cardinals are eating half of Fowler’s and Carp’s contracts, I would have to believe they could find a partner. As far as the NTC’s, knowing that you’re going to be coming off the bench has to be motivation to be willing to allow it to certain teams.

    Half of those two plus JMart would clear almost $20M that they could spend on a useful piece or two.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113697
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    I’m 100% on the Price bandwagon MPWR. His first year there the media ate him up. His numbers haven’t been bad, but bring him to STL to get some love and he would likely thrive. I’d mentioned that idea before and got laughed at.

    How does a team paying a portion of a player that’s been traded get treated on their salary cap? Meaning if they get Fowler, we get Price and $5M a year, does that $5M still count on their cap? (There would be more involved, just making up a simple scenario)

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    The Cards already have a boatload of back end starters…. Mikolas, Hudson, hopefully Waino, PDL, Gomber, Helsley, Reyes(with a big ?), etc.

    If they are going to actually upgrade the rotation, they need to set the sights a lot higher. Secondly, if they do spend money for an outside FA, I’d argue all day long that they should go after a lefty or two.

    in reply to: Cardinal Payroll for 2020 and Beyond #113609
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    Is there any break out published in the last decade on what a team makes by going to the playoffs?

    in reply to: Inconsistent Offense #113601
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    MPWR, Bader got worse in his 3rd year, not better which should be a cause for concern. Being an OF, even though a great one, a true championship team can’t have an everyday OF with an OPS and BA that low. He didn’t figure it out evidently on his minors stint. Lane Thomas would be my choice for the starting CF at this point because he can actually hit a breaking ball, with Arozarena 2nd, O’Neill 3rd then Bader. Ideally Fowler and Bader are in the AL on 4/1/20.

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    The playoffs are the perfect example of them being very inconsistent. They score 10 in one inning, 3 the following 2 innings and then over the next 42 innings, they put up 6 total. That’s the definition of inconsistent I would guess? Looking at it monthly is a large sample size for the most part.

    There are just to many holes in the lineup that can go into severe slumps, and the decent guys can’t contribute every single game.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113398
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    Mud, you should do a poll question on that? I highly highly doubt it’s Rendon or Cole, they will get their 200m+, or any without a QO.

    The Cards are in dire need of a LHH bat for one of the 3-5 spots, sadly Moose is all I’m coming up with that works for them. Any other reasonable ideas? Didi?

    Edmonds is single now, can he still hit?

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    Going back to the Carp in LF suggestion above, his throws from 3rd to 1st (even when he’s rushing) look like lob passes in the NBA.

    I am sure the FO feels the pressure to figure out “what do we do with him” followed with “why did we give him that deal” but anything that involves throwing a ball farther than 60-90 feet shouldn’t be discussed.

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