The thought was -- and I don't completely buy in -- that Mercado was stuck behind Bader, O'Neill and Adolis Garcia while requiring a 40-man roster spot moving forward. The Cardinals flipped him for two pretty good prospects that are a few years off. Remember, the Cards have lost some pretty good prospects in the past by having to take them off the 40-man roster and exposing them to the Rule 5 draft.
Pitchers blew out their arms all the time before ligament replacement surgery. So instead of getting a fresh start with a new elbow, they left baseball for the real world.
The Cardinals value Poncedelon as a long-term prospect. Turning him lose for a Bud Smith No-Hitter (134 pitches!) could have been risky to his health.
So it's time to fire Shildt as well? I'm guessing that we'll never eliminate the whole runners-watching-the-outfielders thing from Our National Pastime, no matter how many times a broadcaster complains about it.
Not sure they can afford to demote Weaver. Maybe he moves into the bullpen if other starters get healthy and Ross settles in effectively.
Yeah, he is pretty raw. Ask Sam Tuivailala about the need to develop better command and secondary stuff. Sooner or later Hicks will lose some mph on that fastball and he will need polish. But don't underestimate his ability to get there. He seems to have the make-up to close.
I believe it's time to move past the Donaldson chatter. If the Cards can't target a player in his athletic prime, then they should stick with what they have and put their resources is seeking high-ceiling young talent. As for the managerial thing, my initial thought was to go outside and get fresh eyes on this thing. But if the Cards reach the play-in game, there's the case for status quo.
I'm sure Adam will have every chance to stay in the organization if he chooses to after retirement. He'll weigh that against family time. What a resource he could be moving forward.
Not sure about that, but his ability to play everywhere, hit for average and run pretty well makes him a long-term handyman. He is such a good athlete.
It has been a noisy late season. If all the kids play well, that will reduce the to-do list. But I would still expect a major trade or two.
Management likes to give the vaguest of timetables, if any, because fans freak out if a player doesn't return on what was perceived to be the schedule. And the Cards will handle Wacha with great care.
Fowler was fine for a season. More than fine, in fact, because he took to the unfamiliar RBI role. It was always fair to question whether the back end of that contract would haunt the Cards, but Year 2? Nobody saw that coming.
Shildt is favoring experience, for now. But he is also giving guys a short leash during game. Could he flip roles at some point? Sure.
Agreed. I touched in that point earlier.
I believe this team needs to invest in offense more than pitching, if that is even possible. Now, if more guys get hurt and/or the young guys getting a look now fail horribly, that could change.
I expect Cecil to get another chance next season, mostly because of his contract but partially because of his lefty specialist past. But I don't see the team enduring many more miserable outing from him.