I cannot believe there will be no more than "minimal" changes for next season. The needs for an impact hitter, a starter, and a closer don't sound minimal.
If you had a Stanton or Donaldson, you wouldn't worry so much as to who is hitting behind them. This club is going to have five or six returning 20-homer hitters and Paul DeJong wouldn't be a bad choice.
Sierra was signed as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic.
Paul DeJong is the Cardinals' shortstop for the foreseeable future. And Aledmys Diaz, who was thought to have been the shortstop for the foreseeable future, will have to make it as a utility man. He has been playing third base and second base lately at Memphis but hasn't been hitting. As for DeJong, he also could play third on a regular basis, if necessary and perhaps second.
You're right. And the Cardinals had to go through another year missed with injury (2003) before Carpenter gave them their money's worth for many years.
The point was that All-Star Michael Brantley had been hurt again and the Indians did not have the outfield depth the Cardinals have. Jay Bruce would help any lineup. But he likely would have been a rental player here, with the outfielders the Cardinals have on the way. I don't think I'll be around for that 20118 season, though.
I would say that the other teams did not value highly a lot of the Cardinals' big-league roster players at the trading deadline. As for those young players on the way, the club was unwilling to give them away for what it deemed modest return.
That Edmonds fell off the ballot after one year is a clear indication that not enough voters take defense into consideration. I'm not saying Edmonds is a Hall of Famer but he certainly deserved to last 10 years on the ballot.
But he's very big for his age.
They did. Mookie Betts hit one off the wall for two runs in a walkoff at Boston the other night after the kerfuffle with the home-plate umpire.
Reyes and Flaherty will not be blocked. Not sure what to make of Weaver just yet but Reyes could open season in bullpen next year until his arm gets stronger. Waino is always a candidate for the bullpen because he's been there before. Wacha less likely to be in the bullpen and could go in a trade.
Lynn surmised the club wouldn't get much for him as a rental player, with free agency coming up, and he figured the Cardinals still had intentions on winning this year but would need him to make it happen.
I suspect the teams talked about a trade for Lynn but, if so, the Cardinals must have felt they weren't getting enough in return to help this year or in future years.
Yes, the Cardinals were only one for three in regard to these three players. Mo probably has a good handle on Grichuk now. Piscotty judgment may have to wait until the end of the season. He's been a good hitter before. I don't think this is Allen Craig.
Tough call, but I think Ted Simmons was closer to the top of the charts among catchers. than Boyer was at third base. But, for my money, and I have been an avid supporter of both, they each should be in the Hall.
I was a big J.D. Drew fan but that not big. It's hard to run down those fly balls from the trainer's room.
Cordoba's year is the perfect example of what a risk it is to take a very raw player in the Rule V draft and then have to keep him around all season. The Cardinals still wish San Diego hadn't taken him but this year may set him back a bit.
I haven't heard them squash any Stanton rumors so far. And they thought they had Price _ and so did he _ before the Red Sox went crazy at the last minute, perhaps to their chagrin now. As I pointed out earlier, they spent $257 million in the last year on Fowler, Cecil, Piscotty, Molina and Martinez, not to mention $80 million on Leake and $25 million on Wong the year before. I'm not saying all this was wise, but it didn't smack of skinflintism, if that even is a word.
Both. But I see the Cardinals valuing Wong more in having him than in trading him. And I view him ultimately as their leadoff man.
No, because there is no place to option a player in September. You would have three years' worth beginning next year.
Stephen Piscotty clearly has had a difficult year, both on the field and away from it. It would be foolhardy to roll over on him now and the last six weeks will give him a chance to show that that was a wise call. Maybe he won't be the player we expect. But we don't know that yet. He wouldn't be the first player to turn it around after a stint in Memphis. See Tommy Pham, who was there until early May. And, no the money on the Piscotty deal isn't outrageous but the deal may have been made a year too soon.
I would say no. The club's most immediate needs are pitching. Right now, they're scoring plenty of runs but Donaldson is worth revisiting in the off-season.
Molina didn't play on Saturday and no one went ballistic over that, not even Molina. It is very customary to give players a rest for a game which precedes an off-day. Happens with Molina. It's happened to Gyorko, Carpenter, Wong, all of them. There will be plenty more to see of Tommy Pham the rest of the season. I repeat, the game was not at the site of the World Series. It was near the site of the Little League World Series.
I'm guessing that there was a strong possibility of surgery. Otherwise, there might not be need for a second opinion.
Never trade a position player even up for a reliever. Five for two for Calhoun and Simmons? Cardinals already have a shortstop. Ordinarily, I would take CarGo any year but I wonder what happened this year.
I'm hopeful his bad heel allows him to play out his contract and reach some tremendous milestones. Fortunately, he doesn't have to play much in the field anymore with the designated hitter. But it doesn't seen right to see him hitting .230.
Sam Tuivailala has the stuff to be a late-inning reliever. Whether he has the command and the consistent secondary pitch yet is to be determined. I don't get too excited about a pitcher's stats that are compiled when the team is behind other than the fact he was good for three innings.