Cardinals brass capable of multi-tasking

The Best Podcast within the Minors, the weekly present produced for, invited Post-Dispatch baseball author Derrick Goold to speak in regards to the minors, evaluation the season, and talk about growth inside the Cardinals system. In different phrases: Crossover podcast!

Check out the highlights from Derrick Goold’s Cardinals chat with readers. The full transcript of the chat will be discovered right here.

Q: Cody Bellinger is now a free agent and the report is he is searching for a one 12 months “show it” deal. Do you see the cardinals as a match and would we’ve any curiosity? I can see it if we transfer an outfielder as half of a commerce for a catcher, but when not it is arduous so as to add one more non-everyday participant to a crowded outfield combine that would use some certainty.

A: The Cardinals are a match. They understand it. They’ll make the decision. They’re anticipated to at the very least try to see what degree of curiosity Bellinger has in them. There are a number of ties that would assist them. First, Turner Ward was Bellinger’s hitting coach when Bellinger received the rookie of the 12 months award within the NL and took early flight in his profession. Second, Matt Holliday and Bellinger share an agent — though it is unclear if the tie is greater than that. Third, Bellinger has had some teammates with shut ties to the Cardinals, from Freese to Pujols lately, and there might be one thing mentioned for the change of surroundings promised.

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What I do not know but is the Cardinals’ abdomen for a one-year deal. There is not any such factor as a nasty one-year deal, however for the Cardinals that will be delaying the necessity by a 12 months with out the assure of filling it in 2023. If Bellinger rebounds, that is smashing for the Cardinals’ needs in 2023, nevertheless it leaves them caught for 2024 as he zooms off to a bigger deal. If Bellinger struggles, his pattern line continues on the present charge, then the Cardinals spent on 2023 and are not any higher off, aside from having once more delayed the identical seek for a bat till the subsequent offseason. A deal that offers Bellinger an opportunity to bounce again is interesting for him. A deal that offers the group that invested cash, time in that bounce again an opportunity to profit from it for one more 12 months — that makes loads of sense, particularly once you’re speaking in regards to the {dollars} concerned.

This is a bit just like the Greg Holland scenario the Cardinals had. Same agent, too.

Q: I’ve been a Cards fan for the reason that early 80’s. They have a historical past of good defensive catchers all via the years. Porter, Pena, Pagnozzi, Matheny and clearly Molina. All group leaders. Is Contreras capable of being that man or nearer to a Ted Simmons? Here to hit.

A: Contreras could be an offense-first catcher. Capable of enjoying the place, and anticipated to be far above common on the plate, not behind it.

Q: I do know that the Goldschmidt, Arenado, and Holliday trades have been steals for Mo however in addition they labored out as a result of he was concentrating on elite confirmed expertise. The Fowler, Leake, Matz (thus far) offers have been veteran “upside” signings. Mo is just not good at figuring out veteran upside, full cease. Schwarber being the newest instance. So possibly he ought to concentrate on his energy as an government which is figuring out and buying excessive finish gamers. Stop searching for veteran diamonds within the tough as a result of he retains signing cubic zirconia.

A: My opinion: This has nothing to do with upside.

Now to some reporting… It’s all about worth. Maybe that is what you imply. But the Cardinals have spent cash procuring in that mid-tier of free brokers, and all of these are examples. I do not suppose the Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler on the “upside,” and so they needed to outbid different groups for him, including a 12 months to the deal simply to get him in place. They signed him to be what he was for the Cubs, and so they even acknowledged inside the framework of the contract that he may transfer to the nook outfield positions throughout the life of the deal. That’s not a guess on the upside. That’s the associated fee of signing a free agent.

Similarly with Cecil. That was a deal to leap forward of different suitors — Cubs, for instance — and betting that he would proceed to do what he did. Leake — effectively, the Cardinals favored the thought of ​​what he dropped at getting grounders with the protection they thought that they had. They did not have that protection. He wasn’t a match. Not supreme. Costly transfer.

If you wish to criticize the strategy to free company — and there’s ample cause to take action — begin with the Cardinals’ conservative course of in the case of reaching. They’ve made bids for Price and Heyward that stand out, and so they did out-offer for Fowler. They have additionally shied from making large spending strikes like Scherzer or, so far, any of the obtainable shortstops. I do not see Schwarber as the instance right here. They knew his “upside,” in addition they knew his price, and so they simply did not wish to signal him. That wasn’t a mistake in scouting or analysis. That was a selection in price.

Q: Hey DG: I’m intrigued by the brand new scheduling format, and eager about your ideas about the way it may have an effect on the MLB panorama. It appears that weaker divisions (sorry NL and AL centrals) could also be even worse record-wise than in earlier years – fewer video games in opposition to lower-echelon groups, whereas groups like Baltimore will profit most with fewer video games in opposition to NYY, BOS, and TOR.

A: To me, the schedule is about as much as assist groups like Colorado and Arizona as a lot as anybody. It’s going to delete video games in opposition to the Dodgers, Padres, and Giants from their schedule, and introduce video games vs. the AL Central into the combination, yearly. I’m going to run the numbers sooner or later, however at first blush, it appears to be like like they are going to get the profit of going through extra video games in opposition to markets their measurement (spending their measurement) and never having to tussle with the monsters of the NL West.

Let’s do some fast scribbling to see how shut this sense is.

The Rockies will go from 57 video games in opposition to LA, SD, and SF to 39.

That leaves 18 video games. That shall be changed by AL groups. Let’s see what number of AL groups evaluate with these three NL West groups, and if it fills the 18 video games.

That’s 15, and that is being beneficiant. Really, it is 9. When it involves spending and market measurement and all of that, it is 9. So, they’re getting a rebate of 9 video games after which get to face Cleveland, Minnesota, Kansas City, and Oakland … That’s commerce.

For the Cardinals, I doubt it adjustments a lot, truthfully. They will not get to beat up on the Reds and Pirates as a lot, however as a substitute they will draw some of the dregs of the AL to compensate.

Q: Derrick, are you able to please clarify the rationale behind signing and putting Jose Fermin on the 40-man roster?

A: The Cardinals lacked depth at Class AAA Memphis within the center infield. They knew that Delvin Perez was leaving the group as a free agent. They know that Masyn Winn is about to be the precedence shortstop at that degree. Beyond that … They did not have the solutions on the roster, on the depth chart, and so they wished to herald somebody who might play a number of positions, like second base and third base. Maybe he has upside. What they know is he has choices and the power to play a number of positions reliably, and he can fill within the Kramer Robertson function, or serve within the Edmundo Sosa function at Triple-A Memphis. See the place it takes him.

They made the commerce in order that they did not should bid on him as a free agent. They wished him particularly, and felt like they might soar the road for his rights.

Q: I see loads of Bellinger help on the market. Maybe I’m unsuitable however should not the Cards be centered on getting their very own pair (O’Neill & Carlson) of “get proper” outfielders earlier than bringing one other “venture” into the outfield? Of course, Bellinger did have an superior 2019 and we all know how a lot weight this membership likes to placed on performances from 2019…even when the participant has fallen off a cliff yearly since then.

A: They can multitask! Your level is legitimate, however nonetheless expertise arrives or surfaces or reboots or revives or blossoms or exhibits up as a whole and utter shock — the higher. The extra the higher, from the group and fan perspective.

Q: Paul Goldschmidt is my favourite Cardinal on the group and is now an MVP who’s constructing a robust resume for the HoF. All that mentioned, he solely has 2 extra years on his present contract with St Louis and shall be 37 at its finish. Is it too early to start out searching for our future 1B? Should we go after a prime 1B prospect? Potentially signal Josh Bell or equal expertise as a DH/backup 1B?

1) It’s not too early to debate an extension with Goldschmidt, if the Cardinals wish to go that route in spring coaching. They need not, possibly they wait a 12 months, however that dialog will occur sooner or later.

2) It’s not too early to see how Jordan Walker’s future is at 1B, when it is not the place that Goldschmidt performs anymore. The depth chart is about that method.

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