After a baseball team has taken the fall and missed making the playoffs, we’re supposed to make lists. Identify the roster needs, over-analyze everything, and put the readers to sleep. In other words: stuff that I write.
So I’ll do a short list of the Cardinals’ needs for 2019.
Reading Time, 2 Minutes:
1. A franchise-caliber, MVP-caliber, middle-lineup hitter.
2. A highly motivated Bill DeWitt Jr. declaring that he’s mad as hell and is tired of getting slapped around by the Cubs and Brewers. Which leads to …
3. Spending what it takes to land a great free-agent hitter if the hitter expresses a desire to play for the Cardinals.
4. Lefty reliever … elite-level category. Do not overpay for mediocrity. Overpay for excellence.
5. A superb right-handed reliever who can strike people out.
6. A superb right-handed reliever who can strike people out.
7. A superb right-handed reliever who can strike people out.
8. A second upper-level lefty reliever who can strike people out.
9. A bold, aggressive, daring, go-for-it attitude by ownership-management. No more half-measure steps.
10. Higher standards.
11. Expanded payroll.
12.. Need to avoid making a trade for a left fielder with a bum shoulder.
13. Need to give Tyler O’Neill a chance to play regularly — unless, of course, it would just be easier to give him away to the Yankees for a mediocre lefty reliever.
14. Add a veteran starting pitcher for depth who is capable of being physically available for more than 40 innings and who won’t be on the disabled list three times next season.
15. A buy-out of Dexter Fowler.
Thanks for reading …