Pretty sure I outlined the problems 12 hours or so ago. Please scroll back. Position. Age.
That's a good point. I tried to make it by pointing out that his slumps haven't been as deep, and he's done other things for them. You put it better.
Not sure there's a real answer here. More likely it's not a regular contributor.
Hard single line drive up the middle, honestly. Or any brilliance at third base.
Good luck with that. Though Simmons should get more mileage in the chat he has gotten. Surprised by that. A lot of reasons why that would line up for the Cardinals.
Of course. And imminently.
Not sure that is the deal that gets the kind of player that is rarely moved. Lots of pitching out there.
There is no such thing as prospect fodder. Sorry. Talent gets talent. Not fodder.
I think the players win the World Series. Freese is taking those at-bats, Berkman is driving in that vital run. Wainwright is bending the curve and Molina is hitting the home run. Players win. Players fail. Players.
Sierra. Bader. Other teams had a chance to sign Garcia, so they're not going to now suddenly race to get him. Arozarena might be one of those classic players that you're glad to have as a team, but you're always thinking you can sign elsewhere and not trade for. Grichuk is a dream-on guy. Find a team that dreams on him like the Cardinals do and he vaults to the top of the list.
Congrats. Things change. A move that didn't look good several weeks ago or several months ago now does because of an injury or vacancy or a performance that underwhelms. Any time there is a game played there is a chance for things to change, and there are games played every day.
(Well, not the next day either. But Friday. Games are played Friday.)
No. I haven't seen a lot of him. But I've asked, and that's not the description I get.
Here's something of interest maybe for some folks as it offers just a little sneak into the chatter that ballwriters have at this time of year. I don't see the Matt Carpenter deal, as stated many times before, so many times before. But in the lobby of the media hotel here in Miami Joel Sherman of the NY Post mentioned that it would be wise for the Cardinals to deal Carlos Martinez. Peak Martinez. Heck coming out of this All-Star Game for sure, right? So, his argument was that Martinez is pitching for a team that cannot win a World Series in the next three years so that's 600 wasted innings for the Cardinals, in his view. Why not deal him now for a haul of prospects that won't be wasted in the next three years -- they'll be growing. He suggested the Yankees as a destination for Martinez. OK. Fine. But what are they going to offer back. Clint Frazier. And? And? I mean is another team going to make that deal. Perhaps. See what Sale got. Go with that. Find a team to do that, was his suggestion.
I'll piece together that list as we get closer and we can start getting a feel for the players who have earned the spot on the roster and might actually be in need of it.
It does. Honestly. But the Cardinals are so reluctant to move players that other teams may just tire of checking and assume it's not happening. That's always a factor here. But in a past chat I listed names of pitchers that go five deep and beyond that that other teams are interested in. Sure the Cardinals value their prospects a lot. So do 27 other teams, maybe 28. No news there. What the Cardinals have done well with is getting players who contribute in some fashion in the majors, and that could even be in a key fashion. What Boston does is move prospects. Some do turn out as good players.
You almost lost me at Forbes. Voodoo math. But your question is a fine one once you remove the Forbes from it. And all of that is fine. The Cardinals can go that high, yes. They're ready to move up, and they'll have more space and more revenue coming in in the coming years, so that's realistic.
Alright. Time to cover some wild Midsummer Classic action. Hummel's on the gamer tonight. I'm writing about some pitchers by the name of Max and Carlos. All will be in tomorrow's paper and online here at StlToday.com. Talk to you next week as Hummel takes over the beat for a stretch and the team visits New York. I'll have the laptop humming this weekend in Pittsburgh where the Cardinals open the second half.
Good game. Good times. Good chat. Hopefully good stories in tomorrow's paper. Good night from Miami.