With most of the starting pitching in the division righthanded, Fowler, in essence, is a lefthanded hitter to go with Carpenter and Wong. But Foiwler and Carpenter need to do better _ Fowler as far as staying on the field and Carpenter in not striking out so much.
The infielders the Cardinals got from Oakland actually are fairly highly regarded. Keep in mind, now, that Diaz, Piscotty and Grichuk all had lost their jobs here. so you're not necessarily going to get camera-ready talent, but prospects instead.
It's easier to label a trade with one player having hit 22 homers and the other prominent having a good inherited numbers stat.
And thank you. Voit and O'Neill would appear to be the leading candidates for the final bench spot. Voit's pnch hitting success might put him in good stead.
I'd be in favor of signing either _ but to a one-year deal.
Ozuna has given no reason what he would prefer. But I don't really care much right now. At my age, I don't play them three seasons at a time.
That was discussed but Rosenthal and Scott Boras decided the better play was for him to sit this season out and then conduct a workout for any teams interested next October or November, more than a year after his Tommy John surgery, looking for a multi-year deal at that point.
You're right. Hudson could be in that group, too, although he also has been an accomplished starter at a higher level.
Sierra had to go to make the Ozuna deal work. Sierra also probably wasn't ready to be a bench player in the majors as Bader will have to do for a while. Sierra needs at least one more year in the minors.
I really can't think of a better one if Pham is as good as he was last year.
I'm a big fan of using your best reliever at the time of highest urgency, no matter the inning. With the way baseball is evolving, the bullpen will be expected to pitch not only three but four innings a night. Here, Carlos Martinez is their only seventh-inning starter right now. Anybody else will go five or six.
The Cardinals think they are well-positioned in the outfield with Bader, O'Neill and Garcia on the way. As for Diaz, the club didn't think he was good enough defensively to be the regular shortstop. Now, would I like to have Grichuk and Diaz on the bench? Yes. But would it work?
When did Ozuna become So Taguchi? This is a regular big-time productive hitter. The closer issue can be debated and should be but the front office is looking at Hicks, Helsley and Hudson _ even Reyes, maybe _ down the road and that highway is not very long. Gregerson, in their minds, was a better placeholder, if you will, rather than Morrow or Nicasio or Reed, all of whom received $3 million to $5 a million a year more than Gregerson. And Gregerson, unlike most of the others, including Swarzark. has been a closer for more than just a while. He had 31 saves in 2015 and 15 in 2016.
The dynamic between Matheny and Maddux will be interesting. It might take them a while to be in synch. But what I would like to see is more relievers pitching more than one inning. Then, you should have other fresh arms every night without having to go to 13 pitchers.
I said the addition of Ozuna AND Oquendo should mean five to seven more wins and I stand by that. Oquendo, by the way, was happy working with the young players in Jupiter, near which he lives. He wasn't going anywhere else.
I suspect the Cardinals considered that but they like the DeJong/Gyorko combination better if Gyorko plays the position as well as he played it last year. Then there is also Carpenter, who could play a lot of third.
I hope you're monitoring this while sitting outdoors but then again, it's probably 7:30. If and when Reyes goes to the bullpen, he is likely to be a multiple-inning pitcher rather than a closer, the latter role of which really wouldn't build him up to be a starter. He isn't likely to be in the minors. They need him here in whatever role. .
They were one Jimmy Nelson away if he hadn't got hurt late in the season last year.
The remaining free agents _ and there are many _ may have to think that way. They may have no choice.
With two wild cards in each league, a decent team is never out of contention at the All-Star break. A mediocre Cardinals team was alive until the final weekend last year.