I'll disagree with my colleague Benjamin Hochman and say no, for the reasons stated earlier in the chat. But I love BenHoch and I am not picking a fight!
If this team is going to displace younger players with a veteran, it has to be a veteran that makes a difference -- not just a guy who holds his own. This team has plenty of hold-their-own guys.
The last three series have been great, helped, to a degree, by the removal of god-awful relievers from the bullpen. Mike has more than paid his dues and, like BedFred says, he is making a case. But I need to see a lot more before I recommend him over other internal (Clapp) and external options.
Yeah, I believe the failure of mid-level signings like Leake and Fowler sent a strong message. Why spend tens of millions of dollars on guys who, if they play as expected, would only provide slightly above replacement-level value? If you can't land true difference makers, then invest in player development and hope to find guys that way. Easier said than done, admittedly, but it beats contracts that offer notable risk with modest reward.
Based on how the team has handled guys in the past, I'd say let him take his shot a Peoria. If Gorman kills it there, then skip Palm Beach (where hitters go to die) and test him against better pitching at Springfield. As the least the Texas League parks are fair.
The Cardinals can only hope!
That's about right. And very sad too.
Not that I am aware of. Time for the head-first sliders of the world to test out Inspector Gadget arms?
The prospects he got at this dead are not unknown. A couple of them ranked in the upper tier of their organizations according to independent rankings. Gonzales has done well for the Mariners and, in retrospect, he would have made this rotation due to the myriad injuries. This team needed to add power and O'Neill has that. Also, Marco has been injury-prone. But, yes, the team didn't get return on Matt Adams or Aledmys Diaz. While clearing roster clutter has its benefits, getting assets in return is preferred.
At his age, spring training invite.
Free agency isn't what it once was. Every team has revenue, so most teams lock in guys. Get past Harper and Machado this winter and you're looking at the fading veterans like Josh Donaldson and Adam Jones. Just looked over the whole list and maybe the one guy I liked was . . . Matt Adams.
Sure, but more likely to come via trade. One benefit to restocking with prospects was the ability to try build the sort of package the Cards assembled to get Ozuna.
There is only a few weeks left in the season. I'd give him a look at Peoria, just to give him a taste of the next level before he heads into his offseason work.
Subtract Wainwright and you have Mikolas, Wacha and Martinez to build around. Flaherty looks like the No. 4. Alex Reyes, if he ever stays healhy, is a candidate for No. 5. Then Weaver, Hudson, Poncedeleon and Gant fight for fill-in work and long relief. I wouldn't trade assets elsewhere for another starting pitcher (as proposed when Archer was in play) and I wouldn't trade any of this depth until the middle of next season at the earliest. Make guys prove they can stay healthy.
Shildt was committed to playing Fowler every day with a clean slate where Matheny was obviously reluctant to do the same. Also, Schildt committed to hitting DeJong third for some reason. And he also told Jose Martinez, the team's most consistent hitter, that he would be a part-time player moving forward. While Matheny went game to game shuffling his lineup to get matchups he liked or to ride a hot hitter, Shildt tried to create more stability and role definition. That was better for some (DeJong, Fowler) than others (Martinez). Matheny had a bunch of relievers he was afraid to use in high-leverage scenarios, so he buried some guys and forced the crazy Memphis Shuffle that was hard on all the young hurlers. The subsequent bullpen purge simplified the manager's decision-making.
Helsley, for sure, if he gets past his shoulder woes. Woodford has strung together a few good starters, but he needs to show more. Genesis Cabrera (Pham trade) might be the next guy to watch.
So there you go -- problem solved! Garcia has a .823 on-base plus slugging percentage this season with 23 doubles, 21 homers. Recently he went on a 24-for-55 tear with 22 RBIs. He is toolsy, like Bader and O'Neill. Good outfield arm.
The Cardinals graduated Flaherty and Weaver this earlier season and traded Sierra and Alcantara for Ozuna, so that impacted the rankings. It's notable that top '18 draft pick Gorman has risen toward the top of the list as the organization most promising hitter. A lot of the recent Cards graduates (Bader, O'Neill, Munoz, Mayers, Poncedeleon, Adolis Garcia) appear to be legit big leaguers but have yet to rate as emerging stars. Whether this team keeps spinning wheels or gains traction will depend on their progress.
No. These guys will want long term guarantees AND an escape clause that allows them to go for bigger bucks in three or four years. Ala Giancarlo Stanton, they will want to have it both ways.