Britton has struggled with a nagging forearm injury this season. I'd save all the dry powder to add a run producer and consider bullpen roles for some of these lively young Cards arms in development.
They are always on a one-year plan, to contend. Obviously this team is falling short so changes are coming. The teams considers the long-term in every potential acquisition, but it's not like this team is going to tank the next four years to be great by Year 5.
After Addison Reed's move to the Red Sox, the relief market remains robust -- led by lefties Brad Hand (Padres) and Zach Britton (Orioles). The O's seem determined to move Britton today, but the Padres are aiming very high in the Hand talks. Also, the Twins are weighing offers for Brandon Kintzler and the Angels are looking to move David Hernandez.
Moving Duke somewhere would make sense, if somebody offered something. Haven't heard any buzz on that front.
He's been hit or miss as the closer. So do the Cards pay up to keep him or go in another direction? The Cards have moved starters (like Rosenthal) to pen before and perhaps that is how they should make the most of their depth now.
Showcasing many players. Talking many scenarios. Funny thing, though, the other guy has to say yes. Mozeliak hasn't been shy about making deals in the past, but he won't make one just to win the news cycle today.
The Cubs had better prospects to trade behind established position players like Rizzo, Bryant and Baez. They got those better prospects by losing on purpose. If the Cards can trade from strength to add talent for '18 and beyond, Mozeliak would gladly do that.
This team ran into lots of outs and gave away lots of outs in the field. We've seen some adjustment to the field staff in season and more could come in the offseason. Clearly this team is talented enough to be well over .500
Piscotty's return bumps somebody, unless there is a trade. But Bader can man center field with Fowler down. Bader's game Sunday suggests more time at Memphis could be useful. This big league taste has been useful to his development. I suppose another team could make a trade for Bader, but such players usually move when a team looks to add veteran help in return. That seems unlikely for the Cards at this point.
I'm guessing the A's would take that.
None of those Cards draft picks mention offers the sort of offensive pop the Cards could really use. The ideal return for Lynn would be a prospect with undisputed power potential.
He's open to it, but the Cards might have to move some other parts to fit Lynn into the long-term plan. The idea in dealing Lynn would be to use that $16 million to $18 million per year on offense.
Bill DeWitt Jr. nods in agreement.
Upon further review, yes, it was a panic move. Mozeliak was expecting Carpenter to move down and flourish as the No. 3 hitter and that didn't work. Fowler has scuffled, in part due to injuries, and now this team has a dilemma going forward.
The Cards made some moves for this season and also expected players to maintain or build on their performance levels. Diaz and Piscotty slipped, Peralta washed out, Carpenter failed to flourish down in the order and Fowler scuffled. So they will again make moves -- and also place less faith on returning players to get back on track. The Cards are motivated to upgrade so they can keep selling tickets.
Weaver, Flaherty and Sierra are good trade chips, if the Cards go there. Carlos could be a very interesting chip. Gyorko is a useful guy with a good contract. Piscotty, Wong, Carpenter, Wacha . . there are guys capable of playing on other teams.
I loved the idea, but Gray went to Yankees. Would Oakland have wanted Sierra in a package for him? Not sure, but it's a thought.
Yeah, so things HAVE been worse around here . . .