mhardy_03 wrote:I've consistently thought they were still in the market for more upgrades even while saying they weren't. I'm beginning to doubt this now with Reed signing for that small of a contract. And if they don't do anything else I will be pretty upset.
Mo said yesterday that they're proceeding with Gregerson as the closer and planning to use prospects, he was talking up Halsey and Hicks, I believe, to fill the bullpen.
This front office is the absolute worst. If the Cardinals were truly happy with their internal options, why didn't they tell us that in November? They could have said, "We really like Tyler Lyons and think he is capable of being the closer, so depending on the opportunities that present themselves this winter we expect that he'll get first crack at the job in the spring. But we do know we need some help out there, so we'll be looking to add some back end of the bullpen guys to add some depth." But instead they told us of their intentions to add multiple
relievers, including an established closer.
They sign Gregerson and call it a day. Gregerson has three years of ERA decline. Lost his closing job. And couldn't buy a meaningful postseason inning despite a 0 ERA for him and a near 6 ERA for the rest of the Astros bullpen. So if they're wondering why we don't trust the internal options, it's because they told us not to.
Best part. Ozuna, Reed, and Nicasio combined would cost the Cardinals $26M this year. Stanton is making $25M. So signing Reed and Nicasio and bringing in Ozuna would have cost them barely more than they were willing to spend for Stanton alone.
So we're left with two options. 1) Mozeliak and his front office team aren't as smart as we think they are since they are constantly caught unaware regarding the cost of acquisitions or 2) they're intentionally lying to us. Which the latter honestly makes little sense since they could easily frame what they're actually doing better and the vast majority of fans would buy into it.
They could have gone and left no doubt this winter. Mozeliak said yesterday that he doesn't feel like anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else in our division. Which to me reads as "We're happy to be in the thick of it, but have no interest in being the clear favorites in the division." It wouldn't have taken much to be, either. And the ultimately irony is going "aggressive" to get Ozuna and then leaving obvious holes in the rest of your ball club. It's like buying a flashy car while the bank forecloses on your mortgage.