You could say that about some of their offensive performers this season but a lot of us may have overvalued them. Something for all to consider when the season is over.
Fowler doesn't have to go anywhere, if he doesn't want to. Given his age and contract, he might not attract a top talent, but they have to decide if they want to keep him anyway. His average is low, but some of his numbers aren't that bad and he's played center field all right, too.
You make some points but I don't find anything wrong with the way Fowler has been hitting in the last week. Lane Thomas has a small sample size but deserves a bit more of a look.
The Cardinals seem to have drafted well recently and, unfortunately, have traded some of them before they got much chance here. But that's part of the process, too. The Cardinals wouldn't have Ozuna without Alcantara going to Miami and they wouldn't have Goldschmidt without Kelly and Weaver going to Arizona. You draft players and see how they might fit for your own team but they also can be chattels in trades for other players.
The Cubs get to play them this weekend. Hold your breath.
It's not going to be as big a deal after this year because teams can have only 28 active players after Sept. 1. So, if there is promise among young players, those players might be up before Sept. 1 anyway.
Bader won't be down much longer. That was never the plan and now that he is starting hit more, he'll be back. The question is how do you employ both Bader and Thomas?. Is there enough playing time for both, let alone Arozarena, who might be a consideration, and ultimately O'Neill, when/if he is healed?
Mo still pulls the trigger on deals and big signings, much like the traditional general manager. Girsch tends to a lot of contractural issues, i.e., dealing with some of the agents.
I wasn't aware that the Cardinals had abandoned their hope of getting to the World Series. And I like their chances of getting there a lot more than I like Boston's.
What the Yankees have done in picking up fringe players almost defies description. Their scouting, throughout the minor leagues, must be applauded because some of these guys are minor leaguers. The Dodgers have done well there so some extent. I'm sure there's some luck involved, too, but maybe we go back to every young boy's dream of putting on the pinstripes. It truly must make them better players.
Just because I don't think there are enough people as patient as you may be. These chats have told me that.
Fourth, but a good fourth. I'm not surprised by the Reds at all and I said before the season they wouldn't lose more than 90 games. They might not even lose more than 80.
Absolutely. They must bring in a top-tier veteran pitcher either through trade or free agency. Cole clearly is the ideal and many teams will be in that derby.
I do not believe Tommy needs to find housing in Memphis for the rest of the season. He appears to be a serviceable big-league player and should be for some time because he plays six positions, he switch-hits and he can run. Seven stolen bases in seven attempts.
I think Mo is respected by many in his profession. I don't know if personalities are involved often in deals or not, but they shouldn't be. There have been deals made at the deadline in the previous three years. Nothing earth-shattering, but last year Pham, Voit, Mercado left and Gallegos came.
TBD. They think they have enough starting pitching coverage, especially if Kluber is all right after missing most of the season. But they needed punch in the outfield and Puig and Reyes could give them that.
Every full-time umpire calls 120 or so games a season. There is no particular split to American and National League sites and that doesn't matter that much anyway because of all the interleague matchups, which total 300.
That's always been my theory _ to throw them out there as Whitey did. I guess that's where I adopted that theory. But I was just giving you the posture that exists today.
You cite some prospects who might become good big league players, other than those much more ballyhooed, such as Gorman and Carlson. Yes, there might be more here than some had thought.
I thought he would make more consistent contact but we're not seeing that. He shouldn't be a .250 hitter and I think the rest of the league sometimes takes advantage of his impatience.
Some of these pitching decisions are made with a look to future games, with so few contests left. Also, they're trying to limit the number of times they need five starters so they'll push that start back as far as they can.