I could see this team spending more generally. And there is money coming off the books moving forward and lots of cost-controlled talent on hand.
I would want more if I was Miami.
Flip a coin. The race to 20 will be intense.
The Cards spent lots of money over the winter, on their players and new players. Thus far the payoff has not been what was expected.
There was never strong indication from Toronto that the Blue Jays were willing to trade Donaldson.
No mental issue. He is a good hitting prospect that was on a tear when he came to the Cardinals organization. Great minor league numbers.
Management is aware that young players can take a step back in Year 2. That is why you always need to have depth and production. But they don't count on bad seasons and plan accordingly.
That was not the goal for this trade deadline. The team was not a player away. Any deal would have to have long-term implications.
Actually, the stated goal is to contend every year. Obviously they failed this year, largely because players they trusted (and many that they paid well) regressed individually and collectively.
So it appears only one position player moved at the trade deadline. And several of the top pitching targets didn't move either. Such was the market this summer.
DeJong gets the nod on both accounts.
Come on, you have to admit Cardinals fans are somewhat spoiled. Lots of folks taking winning for granted. Ask fans in Pittsburgh and Kansas City about that.
So now that Lynn is sticking around, perhaps the Cardinals could reconsider signing him and dealing from the pile of younger pitchers during the offseason.
He's pitched pretty well, actually. And he won his only game for the Twins. Garcia is better than a lot of starters we've seen against the Cardinals this season at Busch Stadium.
That appears to be the plan.
If a huge long-term run producer was coming back in a trade, yes, the Cards would trade him.
Just can't see a LA team trading Trout. Money should not be an issue there. Pujols won't play forever, so that's a factor as the team maps out its future.