OK, but which No. 4 hitters are up for sale today? How many long-term run producers have been offered up this summer?
That means guys that have established places on this team will be playing elsewhere next year. The pieces don't fit. Some kids have helped -- DeJong in particular -- but Mozeliak will need to fill the vacuum in the middle of the batting order.
Yes, he would. Hasn't been much chatter about him moving along in the tank/rebuild underway there.
Sure, but first the Marlins must be sold and the next owner has to hire a front office and decide its plan for the future.
Trade Lance Lynn for a kid that turns into Anthony Rizzo. Not holding my breath!
This team needs major change. Renting an outfielder while sorting through a massive outfield pile didn't make much sense.
I agree that Grichuk has had his chance. He could be a nice fourth outfielder, but expecting more at this point is foolish. Had this team had shutdown relief work, they would be in the hunt for the division title. But they would still need more offense to become a real postseason threat.
He's worth a lot more than that, even with those errant double-play relay throws. He made nice progress at the plate this year, using the whole field and chasing a lot less.
This team needs a big-time run producer. The focus should stay there until that void is filled. The Cards have pitching stacked on top of pitching.
Yeah, but that infield would be an offensive step back from Gyorko/DeJong/Wong. The Cards would have to make up that offense at first base or the outfield.
The Braves didn't see Wong as a viable replacement for Freddie Freeman at first base.
Adolis is a good hitter with gap power and the ability to cover some outfield ground. He looks like a big league outfielder, but the question will be his ability to add enough power to set himself apart from all the others.
Yeah, it seems the Braves wanted Juan Yepez to focus on gap hitting and the Cards would like to see more power from here. The Cards have pretty good reads on international guys, as we have seen from their signings, so I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. But so far there have been plenty of 0-fors for Yepez at Peoria. It IS nice that he can play third base, though.
Wong has made great offensive strides this season. If everybody made the same progress -- hello, Steven Piscotty and Randal Grichuk -- then we wouldn't be talking about team mediocrity.
Hey, if teams don't offer much, then keep those guys and work to lock them into longer-term deals. That would allow the team to deal younger pitchers.
Well, we have seen much of the team that started in Memphis. And that has helped mightily. How bad would this season be without the influx of Triple-A Redbirds like DeJong and Pham. Matheny does a nice job integrating young players, something that La Russa wasn't as excited about.
He has subsequently said the team's poor play made playing for this season unwise. He switched the focus to the long term, which is a tough but appropriate assessment to make. Teams don't overhaul their roster at the trade deadline, they add mostly short-term fixes for the stretch run. Bigger changes usually come during the offseason.
The Fowler situation will be interesting. He signed to hit leadoff and play center field. He is no longer leading off and he is guaranteed a long run in center field either.
I'd say at least five or six players turned over, likely more.