They could certainly get a decent middle reliever for those three. But only idiot would overpay so dramatically for a decent middle reliever. If the Cards want another decent middle reliever, they could just promote Sam Tuivailala again.
Gyorko would move over if the Cardinals went outside and added a legit third baseman with legit mid-order offense. Wisdom would be another No. 8 hitter at this level. The Cards are overloaded with No. 8 hitters.
No, the Cards are not going to add a great player today. Could they add one during the offseason? Perhaps, although fewer and fewer great players are actually reaching the market either as a prime-age free agent or via a trade. Every team has money these days, thanks to shared MLB revenue, so the world has changed since the days when the Cards traded for one star after another..
If the Cards do nothing today, then that will lengthen the "to do" list for the offseason because the Cardinals HAVE to move surplus or risk taking more Rule 5 Draft hits down the road.
Yeah, the Padres are following the situation closely . . .
He was not Mr. Sunshine over the weekend. Those bats are taking a beating. Is this going to be a problem going forward? The hope is to have him finish his career here, but not at the expense of retooling to get back into postseason play.
If Lynn exits, Weaver is the Next Man Up. If he falters, then Jack Flaherty could factor in. I suppose the team could also stretch out Tyler Lyons, but lately he has been one of the better relievers.
Albert. What he did offensively for 10 years was astounding. Harper is an awesome talent, but not the consistent ball-crushing machine that Pujols was.
If you give Matheny legitimate 3-4-5 hitters and reliable relievers for the eighth and ninth innings, you would be amazed at how many more games the Cards would win. This is a flawed team that needs major change. It's on Mozeliak and Co. to fix that one way or another.
There are lots of good folks in developmental roles. ,Manager Johnny Rodriguez at Springfield is a great example. Nice well with Sierra, Mercado and Garcia this year. Mark Budaska is a terrific hitting coach at Memphis.
He sat on his hands watching the Cardinals contend year after year while the Cubs tanked four consecutive seasons to build up some talent. Most fans would rather see perennial contention that deliberate tanking year after year after year. Any moron can lose deliberately and add talent. The hard part is contending every year -- and that finally caught up to the Cards this year. Fortunately they still have plenty of assets to use for the retooling that looms for next season.
He would love to make a megadeal today. But what you will see today is a bunch of rental players moving along for prospects. Don't think the Marlins will call today and put Stanton in play.
Yeah, the Cards could probably get a mid-level reliever for him.
So which power hitters on are the trade block today? Mozeliak would have no trouble trading five guys to get one. As for the contract with fans, DeWitt has made it quite clear that his goal is perennial contention. The Cards seem likely to fall short of that goal this summer, so change will occur. And the Cards won't tank multiple seasons to do that.
That will be interesting. That is a long time, with $60 million going to Molina and Kelly needing some work to develop.
I believe this team should spend at least $180 million on payroll, which would make adding a Stanton-type affordable.
That means they didn't get offers good enough at this time. That means those options will all be in play after the season.
That is for a newly added player to the 40-man roster.
Fowler has been a disappointment for sure. Shoulder, heel and wrist/forearm injuries have factored in -- but, yes, the Cards need a lot more for their $82.5 million. He will be an interesting player to watch going forward. He can't hit leadoff with Carpenter here and this team has better defensive options for CF.