Sure, Bader is a chip. But again, he is the type of guy you move to get a rental hitter and the Cards aren't spending a big chip on a rental hitter with this team.
We can all see Fowler moving out of CF given the competition, which would make him think about that no-trade clause if the right opportunity came along down the road.
Such fun deals are hard to make. Duvall was born to hit at Great American, so I could see the Reds spending there -- but they are in tank mode, so who knows.
Wong's batting average and on-base percentage are way, way up from a year ago. He is hitting .278 with runners in scoring position, which isn't bad.
He was open to making big changes. But check out the market. Not a whirlwind of activity with position players in particular. I believe one position player has moved today.
Washington has looked elsewhere for 'pen help, it seems.
Grichuk, if he doesn't go today.
And the Braves did well flipping Garcia as well. When the prices on starting pitchers soared, they cashed by moving Garcia as a Plan B.
The injury seemed to start the dominoes falling. He swing got out of whack and he never got it back. Hard to believe the injury was that bad.
He is a handy ballplayer. Good fielder, versatile, a good team guy and he adjusted his plate approach to add more gap shots. Evolved from an all-or-nothing guy to a more solid hitter. So it hasn't all be bad for the Cardinals this season.
He's either hot or not. Such is the Grichuk experience, running hot and cold. That is why he is likely to lose his full-time job here, one way or another.
That will be the goal for '18. But players have to perform. This season a whole lot of guys took steps back at the same time. If that happens again . . .
He could be in play in the offseason as part of the major changes afoot.
His vision problems are gone for good? Not aware of that. Even with his improved hitting, he still has issues. And as I understand it, this will be an ongoing challenge for him going through life.
That seems like an overly dramatic reaction.
Oh, teams would trade for Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes, Paul DeJong, Jack Flaherty, Magneuriis Sierra . . . plenty of guys that could play elsewhere.