The St. The Louis Cardinals are reluctant to renew Tyler O’Neill, in part due to his recent injury history.
O’Neill, who won two Golden Gloves in a row at just 26 years old, is just a year away from entering three consecutive referee duties. Therefore, it is not surprising that talk about the extension has been raised by fans and experts alike.
However, despite O’Neill’s success both on plate and on the court, the Cardinals doesn’t seem too concerned just yet. St. Louis was delighted at the improvement of all three of their best players at O’Neill, Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson.
As Katie Woo of The Athletic wrote, “O’Neill’s injury history is most disturbing.” The worry, in fact, is that the Cardinals are more likely to add a fourth midfielder this season than renew O’Neill before the referee.
Tyler O’Neill’s Trauma History: Cause for Concern?
O’Neill’s long injury list goes back to 2018, with a strain on his left hamstring. Since then, he has been forced to miss time with the following ailments: injuries to his wrist, right groin, fingers and back. In 2018 and 2019, he played only 61 and 60 matches, respectively. Last season, he played 138 games.
He is certainly inclined to go up in that respect, but it would make sense for the Cardinals to wait for O’Neill and fight it out in arbitration – or sign him for an extension next season – instead of gun jump. If O’Neill can live healthy for another year in a similar fashion to 2021, there’s obviously little to worry about.
As FanSided’s Robert Murray reported, the Cardinals also have a lot of flexibility in the lineup as it relates to their off-court area. So what is the hurry?
“The Cardinals reason is due to the flexibility of the formation. O’Neill has a contract until 2025. Harrison Bader, who is about to have a breakthrough season, is contracted until 2024. Dylan Carlson is only 23 years old and under the control of the team for the foreseeable future. Common theme? They’re all cheap and manageable, which is what teams covet these days – and it opens the door for them to spend money elsewhere on the list. “
Finally, St. Louis GM Mike Girsch will have to make a decision about O’Neill and the rest of the College of Cardinals. But that time is not now.
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