If the Giants think they can pilfer a wild-card berth this year, Bumgarner and the rest are staying. The big thing you cited there is that Carlos is under control _ presumably as a starter for next year _ and Bumgarner is not, so the Cardinals would be taking a considerable risk. I am not of the mind to give up Carlos until I can see next year what kind of starter he can be again. His contract is not ridiculous.
I think he would continue to get time in the infield, either at second or at third. The outfield is pretty crowded already and will be more congested when Ozuna comes back. But it is incumbent on manager Shildt to play Munoz more _ somewhere. He is aware of that, of course.
I think it would be an excellent move to bring Wieters back. The rub is that he might still be appealing to some teams as a regular catcher or he might think he still could do that. But Wieters has been one of the unsung stars of this team.
Wacha's salary for two months won't bankrupt anybody. With him being a potential free agent, you might not get much for him so I would just as soon keep him _ unless the Cardinals fall out of the race in the next week or so and it is time to move some pieces.
There's nothing wrong with Flaherty's heart or mind. He's very much into every game and very much a team player . He makes things hard for himself sometimes because he hasn't learned to be efficient enough with his pitches. As for the comparisons to Garcia, who had some nice years, too, Flaherty hasn't had the rash of arm ailments that plagued Garcia. On the other hand, Flaherty hasn't won since May 14, which isn't good.
They aren't having these discussions in Seattle, for instance.
You may be right now, with Goldschmidt struggling and Ozuna out. But I can tell you that Ozuna, when healthy, is a feared hitter because he hits the ball as hard as anybody in the league.
It is a story that had to be told and all those involved should be proud. This shows what kind of fan base, we have here, also.
I have _ and I will _ depending on circumstances. Some scouts, if they want a player, aren't going to tell you what they really think _ or they wouldn't be very good scouts.
That means, I presume, keeping your entire body in line with the plate so that you can throw the ball where you intended to, other than a few inches off.
None of those transactions you listed have come during the season. And you can't worry about what didn't work. Every situation and season is different. Most of those cited involved relievers, which they've had a terrible time with, and they really don't need many bullpen pieces this year.
Lefthander Minor of Texas was an All-Star. Bauer isn't going anywhere because Cleveland is pushing for the playoffs because of a potentially lights-out starting staff, with Kluber about due back after suffering a broken arm. Anything is possible but the Cardinals don't have a lot of chips to push into the center of the table.
Fair point. But in every race, there is a winner. And the Cardinals are only a couple of lengths behind with the stretch yet to come.
One of the big differences now between then and now is that June 15 was the trading deadline, well before the halfway point of the season. And you generally found major leaguers traded for major leaguers. Rarely were minor leaguers involved in those deals, as they almost always are now. because other teams didn't scout the minor leagues as much during the season. They didn't have didn't have the resources to do that. I am a big fan of "get betterer." But I don't care as much about next season as this one. There weren't "buyer and sellers" in those days because at June 15, very few teams were out of the race with 100 games to go.
Keep in mind that the Cardinal team you're watching has three regulars out, regardless of what you think about Carpenter. There is a division at stake here and they will try to acquire something to make more possible to happen. They aren't in any other division. They're in this one and the winner gets to go to the prom, too.
They would have to eat a lot because teams aren't looking to acquire 33-year-olds making big money and having down years. There's no guarantee that Edman, especially, is a regular player nor Munoz either. But both should play some when Carpenter comes back.
I think so. More importantly, so does Mike Maddux. We'll see some of that this year and if Carlos returns to the rotation next year, we may see that at the beginning of the season until Hicks returns.