Probably not until then, although they could bring him up and send a pitcher out for a couple of days since there is no requirement to stay down 10 days on an option since the minor league seasons have only a week to go.
If Ozuna would go for three years, the Cardinals might consider that, but, at age 28, he is likely to get an offer elsewhere that is longer than that. Or it it's like last off-season, he might not get an offer until February ( see Machado, Harper).
I haven't got a read on that yet. He has had many more at-bats lefthanded because not many clubs have a lot of lefthanded starters, except the Cubs.
I would think they would explore that although I think Stanton still has veto power.
It's not even on the surface. They are delighted with Shildt, who shouldn't have to wait too long before his contract is extended beyond next year.
It doesn't work out that way very often, that holding your own, is the best strategy. But maybe the Cardinals had a better hand than anybody, including themselves, thought they had.
Working out. Recovering. Still.
Not sure about the last part. But you are right about Manny and Vic.
As long as they're winning. He's hitting eighth, so he is not a prime part of the offense. But he's even walking now.
It's funny how the Gold Glovers also seem to be players with good batting averages, which Wong has this year. It helps that LeMahieu is out of the league and Baez, his other chief competition, is at shortstop. Albies of Altanta will be a factor.
Too early for that judgment. Hamilton never has hit. Bader only hasn't hit for most of one season.
I do not find the Cubs awesome. I find them competitive but their flaws are beginning to show and there isn't much on the way in their system.
The Cardinals do have plenty of outfielders. But do they have a real cleanup hitter?
Good point. These extensions are fine until the player in question struggles in the first year of the deal and then it stinks.
Now that Gregerson is gone, probably not. Reyes isn't making any money yet.
You make a good point but Flaherty also pitched this way, not quite as dominantly, last August, when his ERA was under 2.00 and he was 4-0.