Anybody who will take them. They won't be choosy.
Yes, that's possible although Fowler does not appear to be hurt. Not sure about Cecil? That would be one way to do it, but if you're afraid to use him, he shouldn't be on the active roster. Somehow, I don't see either of them here next spring.
Moot point, The Rockies aren't going to deal him now while they have a chance., But Arenado is one of the top five players in the league. He plays both offense and defense. What a novel concept.
(This question is from reader "COB":) I saw a question about Piscotty earlier, what kind of off the field or clubhouse contributions (if any) do you think he has made to push the A's into contention? He seems like he would have an odd combination of youth and experience (on and off the field) that would be helpful to an "underdog" team.
Piscotty's experience of being on a playoff team (the Cardinals' last playoff team) carries some weight. Plus, the fact he can hit and hit with authority. His mother finding peace finally may have given some peace, too.
Luke Voit might be DH material although I can see him being a pinch-hit guy for this team, as he was last year. You couldn't carry both Jose Martinez and Voit, though.
Teams can expand their roster to as many as 40 active players on Sept. 1. But they always have a 40-man roster. The others not active either are on the disabled list or on option to the minors.
You do have to score some runs. And if they're not hitting home runs, the Cardinals rarely do. They have little speed, as evidenced by their six triples, oops, Pham came off the bag.
Sometimes, a good first baseman can save throwing errors by other infielders. Also, the Cardinals had to play with makeshift shortstops for about six weeks. Trust me, Oquendo was out there almost before the sun came up in Jupiter, but you can only lead the horse to water. . .
I don't consider Abreu as much more than a DH playing first. If they want to protect Ozuna they could put Carpenter behind him, although that probably isn't going to happen.
It is a puzzler, this Ozuna situation. As I pointed out earlier, sometimes we expect players to be No. 1 type power hitters or team leaders or whatever and they're really better at being supporting players. If you were to trade him, you would be looking to get a hitter back and you'd probably be taking on somebody else's problem.
Arenado, coming off a two-year deal, is arbitration eligible after this season but not a free agent until 2020.
No question that it's Mo and Girsch. There likely will be a different philosophy this off-season as to what that looks like.,
My point is that you don't trade young pitching, just because you have it. That is their chip but you have to be sure what kind of offensive player you're looking for, including how long you're going to have control over him.
The Cardinals should be able to compete for a title next year, or any year, because they have good starting pitching. And, to your point, they have not finished any of the past two seasons "below average." However, they are very much average as we speak. Other than starting pitching, they have no apparent strengths.
Despite their pitching depth, they could use a lefthanded starter. Tonight, Gomber will be the first of the season.
I would include Ozuna in that group.
As said previously, I do not expect either here to be here at the end of the season and possibly not at the end of the month.
Shildt is not being judged solely on whether or not he makes the playoffs. The second-half schedule might have, however, two more teams with losing records that you hadn't figured on in Washington and San Francisco. Shildt will be judged on how well his team plays, relative to the potential management has established. They have so many teams to pass now, it might be hard to jump that many even if they play better.
There does seem to be a certain numbness that has set in. But I still see the fire and some brimstone, too.