The closest thing to a "feared" hitter on hand in Paul DeJong, whose small work sample is impressive. He has surprising natural power, while, say. Stephen Piscotty has to "go big" with his swing to generate exit velocity.
There has been zero indication of that. Now, come this offseason virtually everybody could move into play if this team doesn't make a huge push. I expect some significant structural change to this roster.
Obviously DeJong must keep making adjustments to avoid the sophomore slump -- see Piscotty, Stephen -- but his developmental history suggests he is a much better hitter than Diaz is. Don't forget, Diaz played his way off the 40-man roster earlier in his career.
Nothing appears imminent for the Cardinals on the "add" side. The Miami Marlins will be a potential trade partner if and when that sale finally goes down. Of course, the Yankees could come calling for Stanton as well, so that is not a slam dunk.
Grichuk is becoming arbitration eligible, so he may be first in line. Pham is outperforming him and he almost plays for free, so why not ride out the wave with him? Perhaps the team could sell high on him now, given the chronic vision problems that could return at any time. That is the big X factor with him -- and why the team can't count on him maintaining this level of play for years to come.
Gyorko? He is under control through 2020 at a reasonable rate and he offers terrific versatility. Unless a team really wants him in a deal for something big, why move him? He could move to second, for instance, should the team move Wong in a package to add more heft.
The Cardinals won't make a trade just to make a trade. The dry powder could come in handy over the winter when the team puts a lot of pieces in play, including some entrenched players.
Well, it wasn't kind to them last winter.
Once the Marlins are sold, then there could be lots of chatter between the teams.
That is why the Cardinals would even consider moving Lance Lynn -- to add some future heft. Real power IS hard to find. When teams get it, usually they don't move it.
There hasn't been much smoke on that front. Wacha's chronic shoulder problems remain an issue for him. The Cardinals are managing his condition, but it still hangs over him. That same factor made him a difficult player to sign to a longer-term deal. Lots of risk there, so how is that handled in a contract?
That logjam will be dealt with at some point. Does somebody have a worthy offer at the moment, with Stephen Piscotty coming back from injury, presumably to bump Grichuk from the starting lineup? We shall see. But this team shouldn't just trade a guy to remove clutter, ala the Matt Adams deal. The return needs to be good.
Nil, Same with fireman Anthony Reyes. Still can't believe the Cardinals won it all with those two.
There may be some motivation to sell high on Pham, given his chronic vision problems. There is no telling when his next struggle will arise. I don't believe his condition has been cured. Like Wacha, it is being managed. As for Gyorko, again, that contract is favorable and his versatility makes him a unique asset. It would take a lot, IMO, to move on from him.
The earlier question on which outfielder could go, I'd vote for Grichuk (Indians?) because he is moving into arbitration range and all efforts to make a more consistent contact hitter have failed.
Yes, those walks are a good sign for DeJong. Command of the strike zone is huge for a young hitter. That will make it easier for him to adjust to pitchers as they adjust to him. If he doesn't chase, then he will be harder to attack.
Well, the Detroit Tigers have a $200 million payroll and that roster is a mess. Verlander is a star, but that team is collapsing. I know a lot of Tiger fans who are flocking to see that star-loaded team. But, yes, the Cardinals could use some truly marketable talent. The STL has been spoiled by a string of them.
Soto just had an injury setback with a hamate bone removal, but, sure, that would get the Cardinals interest. Like O'Neill, he would be a different type of OF prospect compared to the others in place.