Next spring is pivotal for him. Out of options at that point, officially.
I don't get that sense, and certainly not this year when, as we've discussed elsewhere in the chat, he's got a lack of options keeping him in the majors. To me, he has great upside as a reliever. Short. Late inning. Tough left. Upside. He's the kind of lefty a contender either has or wants in the bullpen come October. He could be a starter in the league, sure, but the maximize of his ability is in a relief role the Cardinals only talk about with him, rarely do.
This team is lacking the bat that does that. Right now the lineup is still death by OBP. Teams talk about not letting the Cardinals get traffic on the bases, not letting the Cardinals beat them, not trying to avoid the one Cardinal that can beat them.
Cardinals are coming out on the other side of it. To me, Sierra, Flaherty, Alcantara, DeJong, and Kelly represent the first wave of the end to that gap the Cardinals spent the fast few years in.
It was a whiff at the time, and it had nothing to do with Duke. The Cardinals misread a team Like San Diego's willingness to take talent no matter the level and hold it, and the Cardinals were off on this equation: Keeping Anthony Garcia > Risking Allen Córdoba. It made no sense at the time, and there were internal arguments that Córdoba had upside the Cardinals needed to preserve, that he was every bit the talent that Sosa was or Alvarez was and belonged beside them. Cardinals followed the metrics (age, level) and their calculations were off.
(And that's twice, with Perdomo, too. Though with the pitching depth and past trends more defensible as a move.)
I will only use this power for good.
Stop double-switching the No. 3 hitter, thanks, or just admit you need a No. 3 hitter you won't double-switch. Deal?
They didn't. He's not on 40.
Seen a lot of shifts this season. Including Rizzo at second base. But I have yet to see a team play two first basemen. At the same time.
Because it's about time. They have the well-regarded prospects. They have a need --- and not just for this year. And they have the payroll space. The urgency is even there. Time to break from the trend, break the trend ... buy. Or bye.
That would be the fallout, yes.
Sellers cannot always be choosers, and if the Cardinals go the sell route then they owe it to themselves and the fan base and their history and whatever else you want to stack on there to get the most for their most valuable piece. If they take less to get Rosenthal to the AL, then it should be pointed out that a team that had committed to selling willingly took less.
I was. I recently played in a media league for Strat-O-Matic and did not, shall we say, do great. But I learned a lot about how to do better the next time, if they are willing to invite me back. I had some runs of success and really figured out how to get better managing the roster.
Yeah, he got the at-bats to show he could. Playing time has value.
Right. Check the standings.
That was the analogy I used just the other day -- spinning wheels, slipping gears, in a bog, it's all describing the same situation that they find themselves in. Organizational progress? In each of the past two years the Cardinals leaned and bet heavily on their internal candidates. They have turned to Wacha as part of the rotation, Wong as the starting second baseman, Piscotty in right, Grichuk at various positions, and they have turned every more inward when it comes to finding that impact player who is going to be the next Matt Carpenter or next Adam Wainwright or whatever ... and you know what? They don't yet have an idea who that core player is going to be. They had to go outside to get Dexter Fowler. And here they are, in 2017, and they have developed complementary players. They have developed a few players who will be All-Stars in their time, who have already been All-Stars. And they have developed an elite starting pitcher in Carlos Martinez. You say organizational progress? I say we've seen how far it can progress, and the bat that they need -- the next addition that they must have to join the contenders -- is not coming from within the organization. He will be acquired with the benefit of the organization and the talent in the minors, but they've given the organization a chance to produce the player on its own.