StLunatic88 Posted October 7, 2021 Share Posted October 7, 2021 10 minutes ago, CWood21 said: Let's go through it shall we? We're at $108M in guaranteed salaries via Cot's. That doesn't include any arbitration raises, but it does include the Cardinals very likely declining their player options on Carlos Martinez ($0.5M) and Matt Carpenter ($2M). If we're lazy and we assume ZERO raises for arbitration eligible players, that's another ~$10M. Realistically, you probably going to need to double that because Jack Flaherty is going to get a pretty sizeable pay bump. Let's use $20M as the total for arbitration raises for simplicity's sake, that puts the Cardinals at $128M. The Cardinals payroll was pretty close to their 2019 number $163M/$164M, and their payroll in 2018 was $160M. So let's use $170M as the number for their payroll. Can you squeeze a $25M+ shortstop that doesn't end in a situation where the rotation is a HUGE liability again? Jack’s getting a huge bump for missing the whole year? For a guy set on “letting the process play out” that would be surprising and if you are going to call out adding $25m to SS as an issue (not accounting for the ~$6m that would be moved by Trading DeJong in a corresponding move) then why isn’t it an issue to add that kind of money to the rotation? You already have $40M+ tied up in your top 3 paid starters (assuming your JF number) not sure how you can justify throwing $20m more at that by your logic? Especially with Hudson returning, running Reyes out there as a starter (already been confirmed by the team as the plan) and bot having counted either of their Arb bumps into that number. Plus your 2 young Lefties sitting in the minors pushing for roster spots. It sounds more like you would rather spend money on the rotation, which is fine, but that’s not anywhere close to reasons why we won’t go after the SS market. You don’t go pay for another a starter unless he is bolstering the TOP of your rotation. The guys you’re talking about to hold a spot for Liberatore cost like a mil or two at most (if that) seeing as there’s a chance they are out of the league if they aren’t pitching here for half a season. If you are counting Liberatore as a contributor in ‘22 then you are already running 6 Starting Pitcher into Spring Training. Unless your are getting a potential Ace, or a sure fire #2 to add to the rotation, it’s just a waste of money. Where as a Starting SS is giving your every day production, and lengthening the lineup, which you absolutely HAVE TO DO. Just look at who is still alive in the playoffs Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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