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    BW, it was simply wondering out loud on the fan sided site. Zero “reporting” taking place there.

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    I just skimmed an article on the Cards not picking up Wong’s 2021 option at $12.5M, with the reason being Edman being $12M cheaper. Am I the only one who thinks that is farther from a sensible option?

    Nothing against Edman, and in 2022 he could very likely be the 2B, but at that price, picking up the option is a no brainer.

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    Very fun idea. I’m curious what 3 catchers will be drafted. Maybe take Rolen and move him to catcher? hah

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    Part of the methodology for starting in AZ, FL and possibly TX is that the virus dies at 78-80F. Anything outdoors in June-August in those states would surely help the spreading between the players.

    in reply to: The Arozarena-Jmart/Liberatore Trade #126904
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    The Cards don’t have a problem developing major league players, but over the last decade, they haven’t produced many all star level guys. You need a few of those to be consistently great. Other than Flaherty, I wouldn’t consider a single current Cardinal “great”(including Goldy now). So trading for a potentially all star level player is always a solid move.

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    Would they ever consider really shaking things up and doing an east and west like the NBA to reduce travel?

    in reply to: Goold’s top 7 Cardinals prospects #126708
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    BC, 2nd round isn’t as big of a risk as using the #23 on Plummeer, but I worry the same about Fletcher. A very huge risk vs reward situation….

    If the season is entirely cancelled, I wonder how the Rule 5 statuses will shake out.

    in reply to: Goold’s top 7 Cardinals prospects #126439
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    BC, due to the numbers last year I just don’t see him contributing in STL. However, almost every other team doesn’t have the depth that the Cardinals have. To a team with a severe backend of the rotation need and/or a rebuilding team, a pitcher who can be decent and eat a lot of innings is highly valuable.

    I don’t think how I view him is selling him short, he’s just worth a lot more to most other teams.

    in reply to: Goold’s top 7 Cardinals prospects #126366
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    If ranking on who to keep… I added to make it a list of ten.

    1) Liberatore – Upside is the highest of the bunch
    2) Gomber – MLB ready LHSP with glimpses of top notch stuff
    3) Thomspon – If he were RH, he would be lower on the list
    4) Oviedo – Very high upside, I watched him a couple of times in ST 1.0, and he could be elite if the command stays under control
    5A) Junior F – Might take a year or two, but could be a lights out closer or 8th inning guy for years
    5B) Whitley – Junior Fernandez with what appears to be better control, but not quite as “electric”
    7) Rondon – Sneakily a future solid mid-rotation prospect
    8) Ponce – He would be much higher if this were based on just talent and level, but his trade value due to being proven could bring something great back in return to a pitching needy team. If not, he’s in the Cards rotation sooner than later
    9) Gant – If another team still views him as a SP, with the depth in the BP, sell him while the value is solid
    10) Woodford – Never been a fan, so just a trade piece with the depth in the Cards organization

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    Are there enough major league size stadiums in AZ or FL? Two games at each park per day? I’ve been in Phoenix on 4th of July weekend and it was over 115 degrees during the day so I doubt that day games are an option.

    On the flip side, that temp would be great for killing the virus.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals line-up & rotation #125773
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    BC, agree mostly.
    -Wong is a FA after 2021, will they trust Edman or Sosa with 2B after that?
    -Gomber is going to be a great SP
    -Reyes?
    -Oviedo looked like a future starter in ST
    -Rondon as well
    -I’ve posted a few trade ideas regarding Mikolas, to free up some money, that might be a smart move

    in reply to: Outfield Dilemma … #125550
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    Is that a total WAR for all LFers, not just Ozuna? That could be the disconnect.

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    I have been attempting to cancel my Cardinals games only subscription for MLB.TV. So far I haven’t heard a word back from them.

    – When calling, you hear that they are only open on Saturday and Sunday in the middle of the day
    – When you call on a Saturday or Sunday, you never get through to anyone
    – Using the “Contact Us” form is a waste of time
    – I have sent in multiple “Refund Requests” and “Cancellation Requests” and have never heard a word

    After being fed up with the process, I just disputed the charge with my credit card company. Due to this being a service, I believe it will be quite easy for them to give me a refund. I’ll provide an update if I run into any issues.

    The way MLB.TV has handled this will definitely make me spend more time figuring out another option if/after the season resumes.

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    JJ, I’m not saying I’m 100% for it, but Arenado is always a possibility until he’s traded… Betts is highly unlikely.

    One dream of mine is DeJong at 3rd and Lindor at SS. If my trade idea happened, that would free up enough $ for a pre 2021 trade, with Carp and Fowler off the books in 2022, resigning Lindor would be feasible.

    Vera is a 17 year old 2M signing out of Venezuela. Young and raw but could be a future star, there is a chance he busts of course….. see Perez, Delvin.

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    Tommy Pham is a real piece of work….. WOW. Worst 1% of humans on earth without a doubt.

    He’s 32 y/o and has made over $13M, he needs to get a clue. I’m very glad they traded that “insert choice words”.

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    The Cardinals are going to be in the same situation as they were offseason in 20-21 if they can’t figure out a way to create a little space. Looking at the roster and potential areas to create that space, there isn’t much.

    Mikolas is a player who might have surplus value. He’s put up 6.1 bWAR in his two seasons with the Cards. If the valuation is 8.5M per WAR, he’s definitely worth his $17M per year. Gant is being used as a reliever with STL, but showed in ST and in 2018 that he is more than capable as a SP. He has a $1.3M 2020 salary so I’m assuming roughly $3M in 2021.

    Rotation Options Next 3 Years
    2020 (11) – JF, CMart, Hudson, Mikolas, Waino, Ponce, Kim, Gomber, Cabrera, Gant, Woodford
    2021 (14) – JF, CMart, Hudson, Mikolas, Ponce, Kim, Gomber, Cabrera, Thompson, Gant, Reyes, Oviedo, Rondon, Woodford
    2022 (14) – JF, CMart, Hudson, Mikolas, Ponce, Gomber, Cabrera, Thompson, Gant, Reyes, Oviedo, Rondon, Liberatore, Woodford

    The Angels are $20,282,000 under the luxury tax number when everything is figured in for 2020. After signing Rendon, they clearly are pushing to compete for at least a WC spot. With their current rotation options, they don’t have a very high probability of doing so.

    Angels get – Mikolas and Gant
    Cardinals get – Brandon Marsh (LH OF) and Arol Vera (SH SS)

    Why do the Angels do it: they have a top notch lineup, but if you look at their rotation options, Mikolas would likely become their ace and Gant slots in at 3/4. Making two solid rotation additions could be what puts them over the hump to being a in the playoff hunt.

    Why the Cardinals do it: they free up roughly $20M for the 20-21 offseason which could be used to make a big splash for a middle of the order bat or make an addition at the trade deadline, if there ends up being one. They add Brandon Marsh who is a top 50 LHH prospect, who looks like a better long term bat than all Cards OFers with the exception of Carlson of course. Vera is a 17 Y/O SS with plenty of upside, but a long way from the MLB. With DeJong locked in at SS for the near future, they can be patient. After striking out with the Delvin Perez pick, they could get a redo with Vera.

    They would still have a rotation of JF, CMart, Hudson, Waino and Ponce with Gomber, Kim, Cabrera and Woodford as potential backups. Gomber and Kim would be in almost all other rotations. More importantly for 2020, replacing Mikolas with Ponce or Kim isn’t a down grade in any way.

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    This one is sure to cheer you up!

    While being stuck at home until 4/7 at least, I plan to watch every game in full of that series.

    in reply to: Outfield Dilemma … #124797
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    Fowler is undoubtedly the concern. My biggest worry is them sticking with him, for even a month. The division is going to be extremely tight, and this year with a likely shortened season, maybe more than ever one game could mean the difference between winning the division, getting stuck in a play in game or missing the postseason entirely.

    If they truly go with the best 3 options, Fowler won’t be in it. If they use “history” as the excuse, his OPS the past three years with the Cards is .745. It would be impossible to convince me O’neill, Bader and Thomas wouldn’t put up a better OPS number than that with far superior defense.

    That trio would also likely be the best OF defensively in the majors. We talk about O’neill as the LFer, but he has a cannon and that would play in RF very nicely.

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    1-8 – Molina, Goldy, Wong, DeJong, Carp, O’Neill, Bader, Thomas
    Bench – Wieters, Miller, Edman, Fowler, Ravelo
    Rotation – JF, CMart, Hudson, Kim, Waino
    BP – Gallegos, Brebbia, Gant, Helsley, Webb, Ponce (first man up if rotation spot is needed), Junior, Cabrera

    DL Assumptions of: Mikolas, Miller, Cecil and Hicks If this drags on into May, those first three might be on the brink of coming back which could change a lot of things

    Mem 1-8 Knizner, Nogowski, Max S, Sosa, Mendoza, Carlson, Williams and Dean
    Mem Rotation – Gomber, Oviedo, Reyes, Rondon, Woodford
    Mom Closer – Whitley

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    JJ, Anderson is exactly who I was thinking about when thinking through my feelings that they need to get the max value while they still can.

    On top of that, after watching Godoy in ST and taking a closer look at his numbers, as a fan I wouldn’t worry about him having to be called up as a backup to Weiters. Not to mention the 44% caught stealing rate in the minors!

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    JJ, I had originally said Knizner and Gant for Marsh and Jose Bonilla (lottery ticket with big upside), which I think they would take, but was told that was to much.

    They desperately need pitching and Gant would easily step into their rotation, secondly Knizner would immediately upgrade their catching corps.

    Marsh’s (LHed) timeline is ideal for when Fowlers deal runs out, can be cut or fully benched. A 2022 OF of Carlson, Bader/Thomas/Oneill and Marsh would be exciting to dream on in these quarantined times.

    Knizner is obviously a valuable piece, but there is no place for him in 2020, and Herrera should be ready to split time with Yadi by 2022. My thinking is to get as much out of Knizner as humanly possible and him teetering away in Memphis isn’t it.

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    One good idea that I saw is playing make up games during the normal all-star week.

    My idea to add on to that, perhaps do the festivities and actual AS game along the same lines as the NFL, use the two days before the WS starts and the players on the WS teams just won’t be able to participate.

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    That “single” Fowler hit shouldn’t even count, he hit the ball very weakly both times up. At least he didn’t strike out!

    Maybe after a month off he will decide to just retire?

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    The virus dies in 26-27 degrees Celsius (80F). Playing in outdoor stadiums in the south wouldn’t hurt, but most of them aren’t up to the 80+ temps yet.

    After the cancellation/suspension of the NBA and NCAA conference tourneys, and likely the NCAA tourney coming shortly, I don’t see a possible way that the MLB regular season will start on time.

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    Betting line on how many K’s Fowler has today is 1.5. I’ll throw a $20 on the over!

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