I bet they do something. Lots of chatter of Lynn. Could be a late break there, once the Gray/Darvish moves play out (or don't play out).
He might be a 4-A player. He has never hit for average in the minors. He has a good glove, but IMO he still falls short as a prospect. Could be a decent fill-in, but he hasn't done enough to position himself next in line at the hot corner.
Brebbia just pitched four times in six days. He has become a primary option from the right side.
Of course the Cardinals would love a homer-hitting monster like Stanton. Any team would.
Interestingly, the A's wanted to get their future CF in a Sonny Gray trade. Under different circumstances, the Cards would have been a good fit for Oakland. They have CFs stacked on top of each other.
Doubt it. He's been on the market before and the Cardinals didn't flinch. He's an interesting guy, probably too interesting for this organization.
I agree with that. They have quality pitching depth that interests other teams, so the team will leverage that with another trade or two. The Gonzales-for-O'Neill was a good start. That kid, like DeJong, has some pop.
The Nationals are zeroing in on relievers, with Brandon Kintzler in their sights right now. The Lynn/Pham package might be more appealing to the Indians, a team that has tracked the Cardinals closely of late.
This is a sub-.500 team. Several guys have been dealing with trade rumors. The president of baseball operations has openly discussed making major changes to the team chemistry. And there are a bunch of young guys pushing for jobs. So it's safe to say it's not a pajama party these days.
IF the Cards keep him -- a big if -- then, yes, the team should make every effort to sign him. And he seems sincere about staying, if the price is met. Like you say, the supplemental pick is not much. But if the Cards keep him and then don't re-sign him, at least management could say they were trying to remain competitive this summer for all those ticket-buying fans. That is a consideration, if the team doesn't get a great offer today.
Yes, if the Cards do nothing today, then that keeps their pieces in play for the offseason. They don't want to waste chips. They got a good return for Gonzales and they need to maintain high standards on any "sell" trades.
I'd say it's 50-50. The Gray and Darvish talks have stalled the market for pitching, complicating the process. Can the Cards make a good deal with an accelerated negotiation as the deadline nears?
Top-notch? Not sure the Cards have that kind of talent to trade. They aren't offering impact pitchers under contract for multiple years. They have added a nice prospect in O'Neill for Gonzales, but I don't see them landing another Anthony Rizzo via trade in this market.
As I noted earlier, there is lots going on. Lot of trade chatter, lots of guys wondering about their fit going forward. The team is spinning its wheels for the second year in a row and big change seems likely.
Well, this team did pass on Aaron Judge during his draft year. And the many high school hitters drafted in recent years aren't showing much promise. And while this team has found skill in Latin America, the Cards haven't found much power since signing Oscar. Adolis Garcia looks like a big leaguer, but he appears to be more of gap hitter like Piscotty.
There hasn't much speculation on that front. The Dodgers don't to deal their very top prospects, but what about their second-tier guys? Maybe the Cards could be a fallback.
Lynn doesn't make that decision. Now, the Cards would surely make him a qualifying offer if he does stay, but all indications have the Cards are listening on Lynn today.
Smith would be the more logical fit. The Britton price tag going to be high, a better fit for one of the top contenders.