Not a designated runner fan. The old Oak;and A's tried that gimmick. I'll pass. As for the need for a 26-man roster because some teams can't manage their bullpen or avoid double-digit losses, I'll pass on that too.
Looking at the 40-man roster, I still see some flotsam and jetsam. Some clutter has been removed and some blocked players (Mercardo) have been freed.
Since he had shoulder trouble this season, I would pump the brakes on that.
Sure. What I don't see is another team taking any of his contract in a trade.
Because he is on the disabled list with a groin strain.
The Cards say they were aware of his shoulder soreness because, yes, the physical conditions of all players are checked before a trade if finalized. And right now the team believes he won't need surgery to fix it.
Well, they should certainly exploit a Marlins team in tank mode. So there is a chance to sustain traction.
Carpenter has 25 solo homers, can't handle a RBI role in the batting order, doesn't run well and isn't a good fielder. Even in a down year for star players and winning by committee (Dodgers!), I can't get on the Carp MVP bandwagon just yet.
He's still another college pitcher who made a quick climb up the ladder. He could move into the void behind the current group recently promoted to the Cardinals.
I wouldn't write him off just yet. Carlos competes. But Carlos will need to rethink his conditioning programs and continue maturing as a pitcher.
Ah, Moose. He is a great add for a team going for it this season, not such a good add for a team still sorting through its talent pile to figure out which guys belong in the nucleus. Again, the Cards need to add prime-age talent. Failing that, then add more prospects and try to load up for later trades.
I'd play him a lot, see what he has. Ride the hot streak he had at Triple-A. No sense in having him sit at this key point in his development.
Wong needs to get over the hump at second base and DeJong must prove he can hold up as a fielder at shortstop.
They didn't give up on 2018. They didn't trade Carpenter for prospects. That would have been giving up. But they didn't go for it either. As noted earlier, they are caught in-between, evaluating what they have while hoarding prospect depth for future moves. What happens next depends on how all these kids play.
Yeah, I believe they will miss the playoffs. So many teams in the wild card chase and some muscled up at the deadline.
He slipped a bit in the draft due to a few surprising picks ahead of him. Some teams sought pitching, others went for more athletic prospects while a few wanted more immediate help.
He'll get some votes in a down year for elite players, particularly if he never cools down. But I've expressed some reservations shared by others.
Yeah, he is a DH and while teams really need a DH. It's a shame because he can really rake.
Wong had a nice season in 2015 and again in 2017. But injuries and infield crowding have kept him from getting a full run at the job. Maybe the rest of this season will get him there. Or maybe that chance will have to come elsewhere.
Last year was an outlier for sure. But 25 homers, 90 RBIs and left field range and arm would be good enough to get another contract. That would have a reasonable expectation for the Cards -- one he didn't meet.