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.