The Cardinals have made multiple additions through free agency and internal promotions. I have no idea what you are talking about .
No. 3 pitcher on a good team. Under contract for team-friendly money. He could help a team win a title. The Cardinals have certainly won with worse. (See earlier Jeff Weaver reference.)
This will have an interesting mix of veterans and prospects to offer come the offseason. I don't see many of these guys being completely off-limits. They have pitchers at Memphis that are much better than many in the big leagues. Sooner or later that will pay off for the team, as it did with the Marco Gonzales trade.
Randal Grichuk knows why he doesn't have a $5 million contract. He also knows why he went all the way down to the back fields of Jupiter trying to adjust that swing. The guy can hammer mistakes, but he hasn't consistently hit for average since the low minor leagues. As for O'Neill, he has more power potential than other prospects.
They have spent some prospects, but there is still more there. Tanking has its benefits. But that team will have to buy its pitching or trade for it. Not much of that down below.
At this moment he is at a low ebb professionally, but his '16 season was a nice work sample. His contract is hardly burdensome if he hits at the '16 level. Many players make a multiple of that to do less. The Cardinals want to get the '16 Piscotty back so they have a better feel for their '18 offensive outlook.
I believe that nagging elbow injury Price is battling is a bigger "whew!" than his beef with Eck. David is a competitive guy. The Cards could use some of that edge.
.285 batting average, .377 on-base percentage.
Play him and watch his development. When he is ready for the big leagues, give him a look. His progress will help management decide what sort of trades to consider going forward.
Of course, their roster for 2018 hasn't been finalized.
And the Twins are happy with the prospect return.
More trade chips to move in the offseason, when more talent will be put in play. Not a whole lot happened on the offensive front before this deadline. The focus was on high-end starting pitchers and relievers.
I can see him back with a different clubhouse, yes. I could see lots of change with the team and field staff. How the team finishes, of course, will help determine that. Other than Molina's rage over getting a night off, there aren't many signs of total mutiny.
To take the contract liability, yes, that trade price would be lower.
OK, then why didn't any of these stud hitters move today to organizations with pride?
Sure, that is where the game is headed. Teams are putting more focus on the draft, protecting prospects and buying into the free agency of young veterans. Frankly, many teams are copying the Cardinals -- and that makes it harder for the Cardinals to be the Cardinals. So now Mozeliak's challenge in his new role to find other ways to contend every year.
If Lynn exits as a free agent without getting an offer from the Cards, that means the team opted to spend money on offense or relief help instead -- while also trusting the stack of starting pitching prospects, starting with Alex Reyes. Of course, fans will want Mozeliak to spend that money wisely this time around.
That or perhaps other teams didn't agree to their trade terms. Looking around MLB today, lots of teams were saying no.
This is a balloon party, as the great Joe Strauss would say, compared to the average Rams chat over the years. Now THOSE were depressing.