Randal Grichuk's chances of being here next year probably are 40-60.
I should have noted O'Neill as a player who will be added to the 40-man roster. I'm anxious to see him but he strikes me that he's a lot like Grichuk, whom they might be trying to trade.
An excellent question. He makes plays that few pitchers make. On the other hand, he rushes and bungles plays that all pitchers should make. I'll be paying rapt attention to pitchers' fielding practice next spring. I hope they do, too.
The Cardinals value Stubby Clapp but I don't think they would stand in the way if some other club wanted to hire him as a big-league manager. Let's keep in mind, though, that the Memphis club had more than normal talent for a Class AAA team. Matheny is the manager here. Clapp, who just came back to the organization this year, is the manager at Memphis. Now, they could make him a coach here but that might send the wrong message.
I don't know how you can say the 2006 Cardinals were lucky. They had an excellent team when they were all healthy and they were healthy in the post-season. In 2011, they had to have some luck. As for the other nine championships, you don't think the 1964 Cardinals were lucky that the Phillies fell apart? I have been the P-D of many eras and I have forgotten none of them. As for the recent Cardinals teams, it's a little hard to compare any of them to the ones when Pujols was here. He was a transcendent player, as was Musial.
I would say warning sign. Martinez hasn't had enough quality years in the majors for us to know what an aberration is. He must be better, though, as the staff ace and his arm is strong enough that he should be. If he makes plays in the field, he's a 15-game winner now.
None of those fellows to whom you refer is the "impact" bat the Cardinals need. Franco, by the way , has had an awful year.
I would argue that ground balls hit to Cardinals pitchers influence the outcome more than any factor.
The Cardinals have a hard call to make on Piscotty. If that "impact bat" is an outfielder, then he may have to go. If it's an infielder then he probably stays.
Ah, but if you took the best year of each, then you'd really have something.
The Cardinals might have to overpay to get the hitter they want and that search should not exclude Stanton. But any team with which they talk will want to talk to young pitching _ Flaherty, Reyes, etc. How much young pitching would the Cardinals then have left? That would be the issue.
Flaherty might get another start on Sunday, depending on circumstances. He and either Gant/Wainwright might share a start. Tuivailala will be out of options after this year but I think they'll keep him on 40.
The most money (or money and players) must be spent on a slugger. Next highest dollar amount should go to closer even though that is a more pressing need. Lynn would be next. I would try to keep Lynn but in the scenario I outlined, that may not be possible.
The team always goes to the next city, in this case, the Queen City.
Wacha as a reliever has intrigued me but there has been some question how durable his arm might be for that role. He may have answered some questions about his durability as a starter this year, but as a reliever, it's uncertain. Worth exploring, though.
There's only one game left now. In Scranton Tuesday night against the Durham Bulls.
I think his shoulder has been bothering him for a while. He's not a .240 hitter. He's not the greatest base runner but he is a frequent base runner and there will always be a need for that.
Vern would have had Martinez dye his facial hair, too.