We can all agree that his 2017 season was an outlier. So what is he really? If Ozuna is healthier, I imagine he has more consistent power than we've seen from him this season. So let him try to prove that next season, then offer him an extension if he does. A wait-and-see approach also gives Bader and O'Neill time to show what they can or can't do and allows Mozeliak to see if there some way to get out of his Fowler situation without extreme pain.
Carpenter turns 33 this winter. He has another contract year left, then a team option for $18.5 million in 2020. That seems like a no-brainer to pick up, versus the $2 million buyout. So get back to me in two years with this when Carpenter is 35.
Just purging the bullpen was huge, but, yes, Fowler's broken foot was a positive for the team. Fowler was starting to show some signs of life at the plate, but he wasn't going to hit like Martinez. While he obviously has more fielding range than Jose, it wasn't like he was going to win games with his glove.
One, the team needs Hudson in the bullpen right now. And two, Weaver has had four quality starts in his last six outings. When Wacha returns to the rotation and Carlos Martinez joins the bullpen, then we could see some shifting.
Rebuilding Martinez back to 90- to 100-pitch endurance would take time. Getting him back as a reliever takes less time, so he can help the team sooner than later. And while it wasn't a stated reason, Martinez's inability to stay healthy as a starting pitcher this season had to factor in as well. Maybe this gets him through the rest of the season in one pieces and sends him a wake-up call in terms of conditioning and such.
Ozuna has been playing at a nice offensive level. He is hitting .302 this month and he is still another hitter cutting down on strikeouts. I don't see the need to sit him. As for the shoulder, I'm guessing it will take more than a few days off to heal. That will be an offseason thing.
DeWitt ate $14 million of bad Greg Holland money this season. The Fowler bad money bill exceeds $50 million, counting this season's fiasco. He is still paying Mike Leake too. Also, he knows the Cardinals have little to no chance to outbid the big markets for Harper or Machado. Once upon a time Seattle beat the fringe-market odds by dramatically overpaying Robinson Cano . . . and we saw how that worked out.
And I would put Martinez out there as well. He hits, period. He is low cost, he is a great team chemistry guy and he doesn't to play every day to stay locked in.
The Cardinals have lost four of Weaver's last seven starts, but in three of those losses they scored a total of three runs. So it's not like he has been killing the team. As noted earlier, the return of Wacha to the rotation and Martinez to the bullpen will create more options.
Cecil has $15 million left on his contract, so the Cardinals aren't just going to turn him loose. He was fine last night in a high-leverage situation and I'm guessing Shildt will get by with him for two weeks until the roster expansions makes all of this a moot point.
Perhaps, but I don't see the team spending a ton to rent a guy or winning the battle for Harper or Machado, so the addition-by-subtraction thing may have to suffice.
Weaver was laboring. He threw 71 pitches and got just 11 outs.
Arenado would be a rental, if the Rockies can't lock him in. And, again, outbidding the big markets for Machado seems really, REALLY unlikely.
Sure. The Brewers have been playing .500 ball this season and the Cardinals are on fire.
It's possible the Blues could look for short-term veteran help if Allen buckles while keeping the path cleared for Husso. Of course, that assumes that Husso has a strong camp, shows well in preseason play and shines again at the AHL level.
Well, you, I did get a bit sarcastic from time to time. And occasionally abusive. But the Rams turned into a real s-show and there was no end to the dreadful play.
Gorman's ability to hold up in the Midwest League at 18 bodes well for him. That gives him a better idea of what's ahead as he trains this winter. Next season he can start at Peoria, then either move to Palm Beach -- a really hard place to hit for power -- or jump to Double-A Springfield, where he would see high-end pitching. If all of THAT goes well, then Gorman's ETA would be in his age 20 season. That is a big if, of course. But this kid has freakish power now, so what will he look like at 21 or 22?
Nah, I saw let him regroup for the walk year of his contract. He will be motivated to produce big numbers next season. The fact he is clearly playing hurt gives him a pass on this season. That said, I wouldn't go the other way and try to extend him on the cheap. There is too much risk in that, especially with the Fowler Dilemma still factoring in.
There has been some grousing, but nobody has called for Joe Girardi just yet.
I'd like to see Wisdom get a start or two while filling Munoz's role, but Gyorko hit .277 last month and .288 so far in August. He is solid enough defensively. Wisdom has become a good hitter at the Triple-A level, but he wasn't destroying the Pacific Coast League the way Jose Martinez did before getting his shot.