I love your optimism, but if the team is relying on Carp, Gyorko, Grichuk and Fowler for slugging, this is not a playoff team
That's why this is such a pivotal moment in history -- there ISN'T Stanton type bat available that we know of. Josh Donaldson is the closest thing, but I don't even think we know if he's truly available. If the Cardinals don't get Stanton, I think then you try to upgrade twice -- get Christian Yelich and someone to upgrade the infield. Hosmer did have a pretty good year this past year, but you're right, I don't think he's thaaaaat much better than Carp, and Carp provides a walk-rate that's through the roof. Another thought trying to trade for Simmons, the SS from the Angels. He's an elite glove. You'd not only improve your offense with Yelich, but your run prevention with CF Yelich and SS Simmons (and DeJong at third).But you're right, if the Cards trot out Eric Hosmer as the answer to catching the Cubs and Brewers, I don't think everyone will believe in it.
Congrats on your early success with the Dallas Mavericks! That's a fascinating question -- and I just don't know how you make a complicated deal with Miami, knowing that Stanton is still sitting there. Like, try everything you can to make that happen. And Ozuna had a fantastic year last season, bonkers numbers, but it's fair to wonder how many more years he has of that in him.
Happy thanksgiving to you too! Gobble gobble! And yes, Stanton would be the Lionel train of acquisitions. Favorite Lionels? 1. Messi 2. Ritchie 3. Trains 4. Simmons
I just get such a bad feeling in my stomach about trading Alex Reyes. Yes, every year there's a No. 1 pitcher and not every year does that guy turn into Chris Sale. But we saw Reyes pitch in some high-leverage situations in the bigs in 2016, and he was nasty and in command. We've seen it. Assuming he's the same guy after Tommy John, that means you've got this once-in-a-decade pitcher on your team, with so many years of contract control and Tommy John out of the way! Why not see this thing through and throw in other assets to get Stanton?
Right, and that's why this season definitely isn't "over." I want to think that the guys knew about this Porter stuff, and that's why they were so out of it in the game last night against Emporia State. So yes, what we saw from the Tigers against Iowa State in the opener is the desire. A deep team of contributors, playing hungry hungry defense. This season will still be fun, and all of those guys you mentioned will blossom in front of us.
That's a great way of looking at the whole thing. Yeah, you'd want to think that if the Marlins were completely in charge here, they'd take advantage of the Cardinals pitching prospects. But clearly the Marlins are still looking at all the possibilities now.
Longtime chat followers know that I love all things Protzel's Deli, even before they named a sandwich after me -- but my favorite soup there is, naturally, the matzo ball soup.
It seems to be the way the game is going though. Guys like Max Scherzer are becoming more rare... bullpens are getting better and teams are more wary about throwing a starter through a lineup the third time. This could benefit the Cards who have a lot of young pitchers who probably shouldn't be trying to go 200 innings this next season anyway -- but that means STL must bolster the bullpen, and they will, in due time
I'm definitely interested in Abreu, if Stanton and Donaldson are not available. I'd trade many arms and legs, but none that belong to Alex Reyes.
OK, so...with the Mizzou news, I'm writing something for Wednesday's paper (I normally don't), so I need to get going on research and such. Thank you ALL for participating and asking questions and making me laugh and think. I always enjoy the chats, and keep your eye open for daily chats on stltoday.com/sports