They. Need. A. Bat. For. The. Middle. Of. The. Order.
It does not matter, not at all.
They will look elsewhere first because of the wish to avoid a rental and the want to solve this situation from here.
They would. Can't think of many "untouchables" this year.
It sure appears that way, yes. The guy who has the job always has the best chance to keep it, and that is DeJong right now. It's a remarkable turn of events in the past two weeks at that position. Right now, you'd say the guy who was the All-Star last year at shortstop is third on the depth chart. No, wait, fourth. And that doesn't include Gyorko who could also move to that spot. It's rather remarkable. DeJong and Alex Mejia are definitely in a scramble for playing time at the major-league level right now, and Diaz is trying to hit his way back to being the everyday player with a crack to eclipse both of them. Interesting times. Interesting scramble the Cardinals have invited on themselves.
Sorry to have to keep answering the question this way because it doesn't change from week to week, but it's just not likely. It is entirely possible that he's happy doing what he's doing.
It has given more teams hope and thus fewer sellers.
Would prefer to get the better hitter the more at-bats. And now that's Pham.
Prorated by the days on the major-league roster based on the 180+-day play MLB schedule. They get paid major-league salary as they get service time. That's a good way to think about it. If they get a day of service time, they get a day of MLB pay.
He's a solid player who can handle a premium position well enough and comes with a great contract and one who is on the upswing in his career. He's 25, so he's in his prime or entering his prime, and we're all familiar with the cavernous ballpark he plays in and consider that he's a .300/.370/.452 hitter on the road in more than 280 games. So that's no small sample size. There's a lot to like about his peripherals and projections routinely have him as a 100+ wRC+ player and that is valuable.
Neither of those things. He is not a) their best trade chip, though he is one of them and b) he's not "off the table," to the best of my knowledge.
Volatility of the roster.
Go ahead and ask one. This is how you used the space? Bring it, champ.
This week does not seem to be his Waterloo, no.
Tommy Pham would be a reason, and also the idea that when a hitter fits a role, then you can maximize them within that role. Tony La Russa had an interesting way of describing this: The manager's job is to find out how much is just right for a player, and how much is too much for a player where they get exposed. He gave an example of this as So Taguchi, though Aaron Miles would also work with this.
Matt Holliday. He has Aaron Judge as his No. 2.
San Diego would be one, but the pickings get slim, you're right. That could change in the week, 10 days after the All-Star break when the sellers start to identify themselves.