Right now the Cardinals have Carlos Martinez., Alex Reyes, Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha lined up to start with Trevor Rosenthal looking to stretch out for longer relief and possibly start down the road. Then there is Luke Weaver, first man up in Memphis, then Marco Gonzales, Austin Gomber and maybe 12 to 15 blue chip pitching prospects in development. This is NOT an area of need.
Of course, such a deal would take much, much more than Wong to make that trade. Dozier offers an appealing bat for sure, but Minnesota can hold out for crazy offers.
The Cards have sent every possible signal that Wong will get his shot at second base. Dozier may end up playing another position, like left field, but the Cards seem committed to giving Grichuk his chance there, too.
Well, if a team offered the right guy I'm sure the Cardinals would act. This team can't keep all of those guys due to the Rule 5 draft, 40-man roster and so forth, so if most of them develop on schedule there will be trade opportunities down the road. The Cards could be in an enviable spot a year from now.
The Cardinals missed the wild card spot by one game last year despite suffering crushing injuries so, yes, their moves have made them wild card contenders for 2017.
Dozier is a real middle-of-the-order threat, so, sure, Mozeliak will keep an eye on that. It's worth noting that none of the true baseball insiders have given any credence to that rumor. Again, the Twins can hold out for a great deal and the Cards seem inclined to open the season with what they have.
Abreu, since he opted out of his contract and would want crazy money to buy into his free agency years. Dozier is still working on a team-friendly deal.
Kelly is the heir apparent. He will fill in for Molina this year if Yadier gets hurt and he will start getting ABs for real for the Cards in 2018. Will Molina want to ease toward retirement and stay a Cardinal, or will he want to keep playing every day elsewhere? Everybody handles such things differently. Obviously. Ozzie Smith didn't want to play part-time and he didn't want to play 2B. I have a hard time imagining Molina elsewhere for the twilight of his career, but that will be his call.
Right now Adams is the odd guy out, so the Cards won't command a premium for him. Maybe some middling prospects. Matt has hit in stretches but hasn't established himself as a force at a position where great production is mandatory. Cards might as well hang on to him for protection and wait to see if another team (or this one) develops an injury need. As for fill-ins at first, there is no shortage -- Gyorko, Peralta, Molina and Piscotty would all be options.
Of course, the Cards want to see Wong and Grichuk in the .260 to .270 range, with Wong adding some pop and speed and Randal pushing 30 homers. If both guys hit .230, then the Cards will have to make adjustment. But no, Mozeliak would not be in trouble given his track record and his philosophical fit with DeWitt, who plays a key role in personnel strategy.
Not much smoke, actually. Just a radio guy tossing that out there. Still way to see real embers.
Yes, the Twins can ask for the moon because they are in no rush to deal Dozier, given his contract. And the Cards feel no urgency to deal because they addressed their biggest needs and they have some depth with Adams on the bench and third base looking like a flex position with Peralta and Gyorko battling for regular ABs. But, again, at some point the Cards will spend pitching depth for offense. Right now it looks like Mozeliak wants to test Grichuk and Wong again before taking that step.
I like the idea of going 1B-Carpenter, 2B-Wong, SS-Diaz and 3B-Peralta as the regular group with Gyorko backing all four spots and getting four to five starts per week, plus PH/double-switch action.
I believe Jose Martinez is faring well in winter ball. The Cards liked him at the end of last season and kept him on the 40-man roster. He seems to be the guy, with Harrison Bader playing every day at Memphis.
I can't see why the Twins would see Peralta as value in such a deal. They are starting over. They would want elite young pitching too.
The Cards seem committed to Carpenter at first base and committed to moving away from the HR/strikeout model of last year. So Trumbo is a bad fit on both accounts. And don't even suggest putting him in the outfield.
The Eaton price was outrageous, so, yes, the Twins will have trouble getting a similar return. And, yes, the lack of longer contract term is a factor in that.
Third base DOES seem like the spot to spend money and/or prospects down the road. Perhaps Diaz could play the hot corner in a couple of years when Perez arrives, but a Todd Frazier hitting fifth or sixth would add heft to the lineup. And Machado . . . I'm always surprised when guys like that actually move. If he did, it would be to a team desperate to finally win and willing to pay whatever it took to get a parade.
No, the Cardinals need all the bullpen help they can get. The question with Trevor is how committed is he to stretching to assume a different (and less financially rewarding role) in relief as part of a transition to starting? Also, Rosenthal is not viewed in the elite closer category where prices are going crazy.
The 2015 Wong was a strong asset, the occasional wild through aside. I believe the Cards want to see if that Wong will return. If Kolten regains that form -- or offers even more -- then he will give this team a needed jolt and become a much bigger asset to move if other infielders (Perez, Sosa, Alvarez) blossom.
The high volume of international signings made it easier to move the first-round pick, yes -- even with the threat of MLB sanctions hanging over the baseball operations for Hackgate. Also, it seems the Cards nailed the high end of the '16 draft with the extra picks. That also added some cushion.
That's about right. But remember, the Cards have the money and the trade chips to upgrade as needed. If players don't progress or if more guys get hit in the hand by pitches, the Mozeliak can act. Or he can add on talent hoping to make a deeper playoff run if the Cards roll. The current roster is just a starting point.