I see the Orioles cuffed him around a little yesterday. That wouldn't have been very encouraging. The key is that if you/they think that Cashner was better than what they already had. The Cardinals didn't seem to think so.
They do not need two more righthanded-hitting outfielders .
I'd take a shot at it. Not sure what Rangers want. But a good lefthander for two months _ and then another year _ would be a golden opportunity. He will be playing at 32 next year but that isn't that old for a pitcher and he's nearly four years removed from shoulder surgery. .
I don't think Brebbia has quite the stuff to be a closer although he can effective late.
Arozaena is another righthanded-hitting outfielder. Fowler is their only option as a lefthanded hitter. He helps you more now because he can start in two positions. We really don't know what kind of center fielder Arozarena is because he hasn't played there that much. We can deal with Fowler at the end of the season because I do not see him here past this year. Arozarena's stats suggest he might be ready but, if you bring him up, you'd better prepared to play him every day and I don't think they are yet.
Carpenter, I'm sure, will be back here either later this week or next. Wong isn't going anywhere this year. We don't know if Edman can be a regular second baseman yet although he seems to be a fine player. Not much sets the Cardinals apart from any other club _ certainly not their offense. But their defense does. And so does their bullpen. I don't touch either one this year.
I don't see that player readily available.
These are all big-league players but we don't know how they'd do if they played every day. I will side for experience, for now, in Carpenter's case. And in Molina's case, there should be no argument.
The 2006 team had an ace in Chris Carpenter, which this team does not have. And some lefthanded punch in Edmonds. And, of course, Albert Pujols. But that team, largely because of injury, won only 83 games. This team should win more than that although anything close to that number won't be good enough.
Most of the kids from Memphis already are here. Check the standings. They're 2 1/2 games out and, yes, finally a few games over ..500. Who can tell how far they'll advance if they get to the postseason? I realize the games took place in April but the Dodgers didn't beat the Cardinals once in four games here then. Just saying. You only have to qualify. The rest depends on whether you pitch well enough.
Yes, the hot hand has to play. But why can't that be Carpenter? Munoz had a really good game yesterday. Edman has had several good games. Carpenter has had hundreds of good games in his career, just not that many this year. They'll all get their chance but Carpenter isn't their lefthanded pinch hitter yet.
Two more years at more than $30 million a year is a large undertaking for a team. Arizona still is sort of in the wild-card hunt. Give this another week and we'll discuss.
I would hope they'd have some interest. I'm sure Houston and 28 others will, too.
Why wouldn't you want him here? Especially for this often punchless offense?
I don't trade Carlos, over whom I have control, for a pitcher I don't control for next season. The Giants have no need for Gyorko or really for Bader. They have Pillar, who hits better than Bader. Now, would I like Bumgarner? Yes. But you have to be careful of what you give up.
I rather think Gallegos was a pretty good 'get' from the Yankees for Voit, who wasn't going to play here. Mikolas extension too early to pass judgment on, just as Goldschmidt's. Carpenter's probably was premature.
For now, I would drop Goldschmidt a spot or two and maybe even then. I see you don't have Carpenter in your lineup. He's going to be in it for at least a while, so get used to it.