No doubt the execs of the other teams in the Al West would be upset, especially because the Astros are about to reap the benefits of all those early picks they had in recent years when they allowed themselves to become a bottom-of-the-barrel team.
Wacha might be a novelty in the bullpen. But if his arm is problematic _ given how often relievers have to wam up _ would it be a good idea?
Wong, much more reliable defensively last year, has to hit enough where you can play him every day. Diaz will be improved after a spring's work with Jose Oquendo observing and the other coaches working with him. Peralta may well be better than Carpenter at third.
Rolen's offensive numbers probably aren't going to be good enough if Edmonds' weren't good enough a year ago. With the new "Era" voting for the Hall of Fame, Boyer won't even be voted on for three more years. I'm ever hopeful, though. . I know he was at least as good as Santo.
Siegrist would be next, followed by Cecil. But if Oh and Rosenthal were out, they'd have to go to get somebody.
Wong certainly needs to be more productive. There still is the Gyorko option at third if Peralta falters. Don't forget, though, that course corrections can be made during the season. The April 1 roster rarely is the Aug. 1 roster. I'm not quite ready to concede on Feb. 1.
Don't forget that the Cardinals, in essence, had three first-round picks last year when they lost Heyward and Lackey to free agency. They also appear to have done well in the international market, which is unaffected by today's decision. And they didn't lose a first-rounder this year because they didn't have one.
Never say never. The Cardinals may have extra starting pitching and "Moose" is an attractive lefthanded power hitter who also plays good defense.
If Tampa Bay can't get a new stadium, Montreal would be in play _ if it could come up with a new stadium plan.
In theory, both could be gone after 2018 when Wainwright's contract is up and Molina's option year would be up. But I still think they have considerable value. .
Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee both are in spring training every year although not necessarily to instruct on base stealing. The Cardinals don't need to steal more bases but they must be more aggressive on the bases.
Your fears are not unfounded. But the potential upside seems to be more than the potential downside.
Teams often do that in July and the Cardinals would be no exception although this might be an exaggerated case. Both have complete no-trade protection as 5-10 players.
I would prefer to judge Leake with a better defense, if the Cardinals, indeed, do have a better defense. Waino isn't ready for the scrap heap just yet.
The Cardinals will have the 94th or so pick this year as their top choice so they're hoping they were really right last year both internationally and with the three high picks they had then.
No change. Rosters can be expanded to 40 players after Sept. 1.
The Angels, Mariners, Rangers, A's aren't happy the Astros got two free picks and a bunch of money for being the affronted parties.
You may be right. Longoria is on everybody's radar but what does it take to get him? The Cardinals, at present, are short of top-level prospects not named Reyes.
He will be there in spring training and then go where needed as an assistant to the general manager. But he will be based on Jupiter, where he can work mostly with the young players.
A fair question. The pitching is going to have to be considerably better. A better defense will be the ultimate key. If not, the Cardinals will be in trouble.