I do not see Weaver as a short- or long-term starter here. I wouldn't mind, however, seeing him as another power arm in the bullpen. Trade bait? He certainly could be.
Why would you want to move JMart? He doesn't make any money and his value is limited because most good AL teams already have good DHs. In Gyorko's case, his defense is much underrated but he still might go.
Everyone deserves credit, including the front office. It corrected the mistake it made by putting together the previous bullpen. The Pham trade allowing Bader to play more also has worked out.
Garcia has the advantage of being a better defender at second and shortstop than Munoz. And he is a lefthanded hitter, of which they have few, and has been a reliable pinch hitter for much of his career . There's room for both now. Why not next year?
The next hitter they bring in here will be a lefthanded hitter, which Myers is not.
We don't know if he is "burned out" but he won't be used quite as frequently from here on out. In Whitey's day, they didn't have 21-year-old relievers. Most of them were 28 to 30 and above.
They were hoping that Marco Gonzales would be that guy. They were about a year off.
JMart is far less hurtful in right field than at first base. And when you can have a hitter like that, and a clubhouse presence like that, whether he plays every day or not, he is a huge asset when he isn't even arbitration eligible. He makes not much more than the minimum and is a bargain at more than that.
Fowler's return this seson is sketchy, at best, and when he did come back, he would have been out long enough that they wouldn't be counting on him to be a regular. This wouldn't affect Bader, who is the regular center fielder, until further notice.
Everything that Bader has done has been more than adequate except for a very poor average with runners in scoring position at .212.
Lackey was the Cardinals' best pitcher as they got to the playoffs in 2015. Kelly's ERA is quite high this year, if you've noticed. Clearly, the Red Sox are winning the trade now because Lackey isn't here and not even playing. But the one they wanted was Craig, and he did nothing. But good for Joe K.
The Cardinals' chief rival is themselves. Except for Arizona and Philadelphia, they play all the teams with whom they are jousting. If they hold their own against Dodgers and Rockies this week, they'll be fine. It's almost impossible to pick the chief rival for wild-card because standings in the other two divisions have a different team in first place almost every day.
I don't see how you can say, he did his job "but." The fact is that Cecil has done his job the last two times out and will continue to get chances. If he struggles as he has done too often in his two seasons here, we can revisit this, but I see no reason to throw him in the trash when he's pitching well.
Leone will be here in September because he has a contract and he might be able to get a few veterans out against whom he might have had success. He was really good this spring before he got hurt. His future here? Doubtful.
I suspect they would take 13 pitchers and 12 position players into the postseason although there are so many days off they could reverse those figures. But for one wild-card game, you would see about 10 pitchers and 15 position players because you wouldn't need any more than one of the rotation guys other than that day's starter.
Possibly not. But he'll get another chance.
He probably wouldn't get too much consideration early on because he was here for just five seasons and didn't have much offensive impact. His managing winning percentage would help, though.