Jay Bruce will be out there. I haven't seen him play at first base, so I can't speak to that. How much do you value home runs versus his .250 average? That is the question.
"Disarray" is a strong term. The manager almost always gets the blame rather than the players. When Rosenthal got hurt, did you really think this was a playoff caliber team? La Russa basically had better players. A Pujols at his peak never played one inning for Matheny.
Sounds fine except for one thing. What players have you given up? Britton, Donaldson and Yelich are not free agents. You still seem to have all the top Cardinals pitching prospects on your roster.
I'm big in to small ball but you've better have some speed. And the Cardinals don't have very much of it.
I value Dan Warthen and Jim Hickey as pitching coaches. Something tells me they might go younger.
This was the year Kolten Wong turned it around offensively. But he missed exactly one-third of the season (54 games), mostly because of injury. That's not enough games played.
Those contracts are club friendly, especially in the cases of Wong and Piscotty. Those aren't a problem for the Cardinals at all. Piscotty, for instance, makes only $1 million next season.
This is for the sake of argument because the Cardinals aren't going to give any reliever four years. The Cardinals win this one. If they had Davis, this year they would have been in the playoffs and maybe won the division. Lynn may or may not be as good as Arrieta. Davis was way better than anybody the Cardinals had at the end of the season.
I think Gyorko might be best served as that extra man of which you speak., Not sure if Moustakas is the answer. He didn't really hit in the middle of the Royals' order for much of his career.
As to which outfielder will be traded depends on what a team's particular needs are. Grichuk would seem the most desirable in today's climate because he has more power. He also is faster and a better baserunner.
My guess is that they have enough prospects for one trade and enough money to pull off a free-agent signing or two.
I would never trade three players for a reliever _ unless it's Kimbrel or Chapman.
Ozuna could play right field as well as Jay Bruce.
Cecil wasn't all that bad to call the year a "mistake." Now, should they have given him $30 million for four years? Questionable. There's some upside to be had here, though.
Nearly every team would trade any player if the return was enough. Todd Frazier definitely is not the answer. I'm OK with Gyorko at third although he might be more helpful as a swing man.
I wouldn't think the Reds would have much interest in a plus-30 Carpenter. They need pitching, which the Cardinals have at a younger level. You always ask.
Are you nuts? He's had more .300 seasons than the rest of the lineup combined.
Grichuk rarely gets on base (.285 OBP) and DeJong runs all right but he is not fast. That leaves three.
In my estimation, there never has been more mediocrity in baseball. Look at the eight teams still playing. They're all good teams. Everyone else wasn't.
Turf or not? Big ball park (Busch II) or not? I probably would go with 85 team because they had had two 20-game winners (Tudor, Andujar) and another with 18 (Cox).