That's enough time for him to prove he's healthy, that he can play, and that he can grip a bat. Little else. Hand injuries can be really limiting for a hitter. See: Molina or DeJong from this past year. Keep that in mind.
Huh, I thought they fired the manager because of the results and the slip-sliding-away trends and the climate creeping into the clubhouse not as some ritual sacrifice to the gods of winning. Firing coaches to light a fire under professional athletes is a weird thing to do, to me. I know some teams do it. I wonder about professional athletes that need to see someone else lose their job -- someone who makes far less, in many cases -- to get motivated. That's some cold stuff.
What would you expect a manager to say about a player that has been an multiple-time All-Star? Seriously. The manager is going to always talk about how thrilled he is to have a player back from the IL, especially an established returning player who is paid and positioned to be a key part of the team. That's the manager's gig. There is room in the lineup for all of these things to fit, and the Cardinals have committed a lot to Carpenter being Carpenter because they've seen that Carpenter can get going and carry the team. They think they're a better team with the best Carpenter, and they've sided with giving him the chance to be that way. I know that's not the answer you probably want to hear. But that's the answer they give, and that's the answer a lot of teams would give. Would you suggest abandoning Carpenter? Shelve him. Call it a year. Or, is Carpenter at his best the best option at that position, better that Munoz or Edman. That's the call the Cardinals have to make. In the meantime, it's hard to imagine that Munoz and Edman won't continue to play. They've earned that, and they can play other positions that are also in flux and up for grabs.
Paul Goldschmidt needs to be Paul Goldschmidt. Marcell Ozuna needs to be healthy. Matt Carpenter needs to get on base more regularly. Complementary hitters need to be allowed to be complementary, not asked to carry the freight. That's the recipe for a better offense. If you've got a trade in mind then by all means suggest it -- but I don't see the Cardinals finding an available Paul Goldschmidt when they have one who can hit to his baseball card and be what they need.
That was the approach years ago. There are financial elements in play here, and there is also the current thinking -- shown by data -- that players peak years arrive earlier than believed in the past and that means getting them there earlier, when they're cheaper too and getting that value production right away. What you describe is definitely how the Cardinals and other teams approached things. It was like they had a quota of minor-league innings or at-bats -- 1,000 or whatever -- to do their development and now all sorts of teams are doing this development in the majors. Other teams are doing this. Look at the rotation the Brewers have had the past few years and the can't miss prospects that have missed, or some of the moves the Cubs have had to make with their prized position players returning to Iowa. Cincinnati thrust young players into spots and they struggled their way back to Louisville, and some of them never really got back. One could wonder how each would have fared with more time to make mistakes in the minors, and the team would wonder how much they lost by watching that player's success in the minors and not up in the majors where it would have made a difference. Tough call. The current game sides with youth. Check out the roster of the All-Star Game. The NL lineup is the youngest -- ever. Ever.
Seek out and add a top-flight starter. That remains the most transformative move the team could make, and that is true today and into the offseason. Open the way for an outfielder to be added from outside AND for one to emerge from a competition that would include Bader, O'Neill, Arozarena and Carlson. Let them contend for the starting job in center field, and see if Ozuna or another LF is out there. Revamp the lineup with a new name atop it as a result of the outfield tinkering. Those would be good places to start.
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Roster considerations. They had to add a few players to the 40-man roster to protect them, and they sided with the other players over Mercado. They saw redundancy in his game with, say, Lane Thomas and Harrison Bader and had to make a decision who got the spot. If you want to simplify it, you can say the Cardinals chose Thomas ahead of Mercado -- or more precisely the return they could get for Mercado ahead of what they got offered for Thomas. The Cardinals got younger with that deal and players that didn't have to be protected. That was big for them.
Wacha will be interesting to watch. Junior Fernandez has pitched his way into being a player other teams are going to want, and the Cardinals will have to consider if they make a splash move. If the past tells us anything, then consider the fact that Edman pressing for playing time at second base or in center field would mean the Cardinals could revisit a deal like they did with Rasmus way back in 2011. It's a curious trade on some levels, but it was about opening up playing time for another player and addressing weaknesses. They did the way with Craig back in 2014. Mozeliak looks for those kind of deals, and we'll see if Edman gives him reason to look again.
Well, the Red Sox lose every other year. So they don't fit the format, not in the way you've presented it. They slip from contention -- when they don't mean to -- and fire their GM or manager and then get a higher pick. In fact, when I did the study a year or so ago about average draft position, the only team that was close to the Cardinals was the Yankees. How did they do it? Well, they turned Chapman and Miller into a handful of prospects, and then when they overspent they really landed some strong candidates in the international market. How do the Dodgers do it? Well, they get lucky. Everybody passed on Bellinger before LA took him. And they also have spent more than a quarter billion on Cuban players, some of which have worked out, some haven't. They are paying $40 million to players not on their roster this year, and through some trades and some ingenuity they've added young players that way.
He can play the outfield, or at least has worked on it. Center, too.
Probably not. That contract extension is a commitment the team that has him would make, but the team that would want to trade for him would prefer not to have at this point.
The same as yours. Reyes' season and his results are in the box scores at this point. They are still high on his talent, the manager and the front office both still want him to have an impact on this season and be a part of the 2020 season. But they know that they cannot count on it like they once did. He's got to get the performance to match the projections. That's it.
False, despite what you may have heard, 2013 did happen. They also won 100 games in 2015.
Indeed. Just as Holland did in the other way.
That was my interview with him. I asked him about it. He'll need his time to develop.
Or the development can't stop at the major-league clubhouse door.
It's the Florida State League, not all of High-A. Just specifically the FSL, and within the FSL, specifically the ballpark there in Jupiter, Fla. There's not a regular player there slugging more than .400 for the Cardinals. And, yes, some of that is ability, and some of it is the ballpark. It's the size of a big-league ballpark, and the conditions are brutal for hitters there during the season. Wind blowing in. Baked outfield. There's a reason why the Cardinals had better hitters skip that place, and I find it interesting that they're having their better hitters now go there. As a test.