If the Cards go outside for their manager, that manager will likely want his own guys. Some coaches (Oquendo) survive a managerial change, but any good manager coming from the outside will demand autonomy to pick his staff.
He's fine. He is hitting .293 with an .832 OPS. Playing almost every day. He overcame his slow start at Memphis and his injury with the Cardinals.
Ankiel to the bullpen? That would be fun. Hey, if he can crank up to 95 on the gun, why not?
Plate discipline is hard to instill at the big league level, true enough. Pitches are more deceptive at this level and they don't miss as often right down the middle. And . . . plate discipline is losing its battle against raw power in hitter development. Everybody wants to go deep and get paid.
Of course, had he been healthy Leone could have been a huge for bullpen that remained in disarray all season.
Given the state of the pitching -- and Shildt's desire to gain more lineup stability -- a deeper bullpen and shorter bench make sense.
Sure, that is where is great value is. He is the total package when healthy. Leave the bullpen work for the two-pitch guys.
Made my point on that earlier. Why get a weaker hitter to bat earlier in the game? Why rush to get the previous inning over with while hoping Carpenter gets to hit with men on base?
If Ross is the team's best pitcher down the stretch, there will be no play-in game.
When a guy fails to hit for months, there is more than a little fix there. I have no idea how a guy could go so bad and stay so bad.
This year? September call-up. Beyond that, it is possible he could be a big trade chip. Molina shows no signs of yielding playing time.
That plus-one would have to be Machado . . .
Nothing Donaldson has done this year suggests he would be worth pursuing. He struggled and he got hurt. Again, the Cards need to target prime-age players.
That's why Dexter will be given ample time to recover. He will need a month to heal and some time after that to get his swing back.
Obviously he did a nice job with some young pitchers but he was unable to fix veteran relievers. So he gets mixed reviews.
If an opt-out is what it takes to get a guy signed, then that's what an owner will do in a competitive marketplace.
Lots of muscles to pull, for sure.