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Sorry will got to disagree his year last year wasn’t that great….shocked he won it at all to be honest…
I believe the 2020 stats were not allowed to be used in this year’s arbitration hearings.
I think some of these projections like Pecota are really missing the boat on how good the Cards will be with pitching and defense. Even after losing Wong this could be the best defensive team the Cardinals have had in a decade or longer.
Molina: mutliple gold gloves and still solid.
Goldy: mutliple gold gloves and still elite.
Edman: a question mark but should be better at 2B than he was at 3B.
DeJong: very solid with the potential of being a future gold glover if he gets enough rest.
Arenado: multiple gold gloves and still elite.
O’Neill: gold glove winner and still elite.
Bader: elite CF and should be a gold glove winner.
Carlson: has all of the tools to be a very solid corner OF.
I think our rotation is the best in the division and I feel that our bullpen is vastly underrated. I would put Hicks, Gallegos, Reyes, Miller, and Gant up against anyone.
Well since you bring it up I will explain myself yet once again. I never said the Cardinals would match the Dodgers in payroll. I said that the two organizations have similarities in how they acquire talent and I still believe that. The Dodgers just do it on a larger scale.
They both primarily build from within.
They both believe heavily in drafting and developing.
They both try to retain their existing players with extensions.
They both supplement their in-house talent with trades and the occasional free agent, although again, the Dodgers usually swim in the deeper end of the pool. I guess you could say that the Dodgers are the Cardinals on steroids. (Maybe not a good choice of words. My apologies to those who think Bonds, Clemens, etc… belong in the HOF.)
I do find it interesting though that the small market and destitute Cardinals were able to trade for the one guy the Dodgers really wanted (Arenado). And I am pretty sure Arenado would have gone to LA since he is from there. Naturally I am sure the Rockies didn’t want to trade him within the division but you would think the all powerful mega market Dodgers should have been able to come up with a trade package that the Rockies couldn’t resist. They couldn’t.
I heard Andrew Friedman on MLB radio the other day and he all but admitted that the Dodgers splurge recently had something to do with the Padres hyper activity this winter. Now I admit that is something Mo wouldn’t acknowledge so that is a definite difference.
And once again I offer the reminder the Dodgers have almost $100M coming off the books next winter (more than that if Bauer opts out), so I wouldn’t expect them to stay above the luxury tax for long.
If I am wrong about both teams primarily building from within with supplements from the outside please tell me where I am wrong. If all you have is just comparing total payroll numbers then I would say that doesn’t tell the entire story. The Dodgers are just more extreme in how they use the same template.February 14, 2021 at 11:52 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154259
Good point JJ. You have to feel the Mets aren’t quite done since they missed out on Bauer and Turner. Bryant would be a good target for them but you can bet that the Cubs would want JD Davis and others in return. The Mets might do it if the Cubs throw Hendricks in the deal also.
It is going to be interesting how they handle the taxi squad. Last year the taxi squad crew didn’t really impact the AAA team because there was no minor league season but this year there will be.
Assuming that the taxi squad are only around in case of an emergency thus will receive little playing time will this influence who is on the taxi squad. I would assume the Cardinals would want their most promising prospects playing regularly instead of sitting around waiting for someone to get sick.
I guess the taxi squad can be changed every so often but it will still be interesting to see how they handle it. It could impact the AAA team quite a bit.February 13, 2021 at 9:42 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154239
Agreed. I was a bit concerned the Brewers might land him. As it stands we should still be considered the favorites for the division, despite what Pecota says.
The only leverage he would have is if he had a really good spring but still didn’t make the big league club for whatever reason. Another organization might offer him a big league spot. Of course if he has a really good spring you would think the Cardinals would take him north.
Agreed Bw52. He will compete with Thomas and Dean for a backup spot, but as you said, would he accept a spot in Memphis if he doesn’t make the team?
Next winter would be more likely for a Flaherty extension than this winter, but even then, the odds would be relatively small.
As I posted back on January 17:
The earliest it would make sense to engage Flaherty would be next winter after the CBA is finalized and revenues are back on the upswing. Next winter I would offer him 5 yrs/$100M. That would be be a big boost for him his last two years of arbitration and would buy out three years of free agency, still leaving him young enough for another big deal at age 31.
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If the Cardinals still feel that Knizner needs regular playing time then he could play in Memphis. I guess he and Sanchez or Heineman would ride the I-55 shuttle with the other on the taxi squad.
This seems to be an annual discussion we have with Knizner. With Yadi cemented behind the plate and Herrera apparently designated the heir apparent, I wonder if Knizner secretly looks forward to his inevitable move to a different organization?
I would say most likely Sanchez and Heineman will be the duo in Memphis unless we have an injury in St. Louis. Herrera opens the season in Springfield.
Tanking for picks is about the only weapon small market teams have. If it is taken away via a payroll floor it has to be replaced or offset with something else.
Or they could hire really smart front office people like the Rays and A’s.
And to be clear I don’t like the Dodgers. I like Andrew Friedman and how he builds an organization. There is a difference. Despite the knee-jerk analysis he does more than just spend money. The Dodgers have been rich forever but their organization is ran differently than it was 10-20 years ago.
Barring injury or another transaction the roster seems to be set.
Thomas vs. Dean for the final position player spot.
Whitley vs Helsley for the final bullpen spot.
This is assuming the roster is split 13/13.February 12, 2021 at 10:06 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154077
I tend to agree jager. I think we are an injury or two away from having a problem with IF depth.
“My” Dodgers have $95M coming off the books after 2021 so they can easily get back under tax. Betts is the only long term deal they have.
The luxury tax penalties bite when the same team is a repeat offender.
My sleeper pick for the outfield is Capel. I think he still has another gear if he can put it all together. I could easily see him as a fourth OF at some point similar to Justin Williams.
Anyone who throws 100 mph has potential. If our coaches can work with him on his mechanics to get some control we may have something here.
There essentially is a ceiling. That is what the luxury tax serves as. Sure, some teams spend beyond it but if they do it every year the penalties get stiffer including the loss of draft picks.February 12, 2021 at 9:09 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154059
Interesting that Delvin Perez gets an invite. This could be his last year in the organization if he doesn’t hit better.
Maybe the Cubs are really just a small market team like the Cardinals are… 🙂
Seriously, the MLBPA should push hard for a payroll floor in the next CBA.
February 11, 2021 at 9:45 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #153994
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The player the Mets got in that trade is Khalil Lee. I have seen him play before with the Royals AA Texas League affiliate. He is a very toolsy OF with a lot of speed and some pop. He was ranked 8th in the Royals system at one time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at the big league level within a year.