Best Podcast in Baseball 7.29: The Carlos Question

By signing Korean lefty Kwang Hyun Kim to a two-year deal, the Cardinals didn't just add a swingman who could be in the rotation if Carlos Martinez isn't -- they set the bar Carlos Martinez must beat to be in the rotation. In the final brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball in 2019, host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, discusses the Cardinals' addition with sports columnist Ben Frederickson, who makes the point that we're asking the wrong question. Martinez must prove his health, must prove his readiness for the rotation, and must prove he's better than Kim, who the Cardinals signed to compete for a starting job. With all of their moves this winter, the Cardinals are asking fans to take the same leap of faith the team is trying -- only the fans get to jump first.