Anthony Peeler played until he was 35, although he never averaged even 15 points per game. Keyon Dooling played until he was 32, but he was mostly a sub. So I would pick Larry Drew, who lasted 10 years and briefly played at an All-Star level. I saw him with the old Kansas City Kings. Nice pro.
I believe the team would try him at third base again. His fielding metrics there were not as bad as his throws across the diamond would suggest.
Well, easier said than done. Yairo Munoz seems to have some offensive potential, so he would be the candidate on this team is there is one.
Fowler is an awful center fielder. He became miserable when Mike Matheny took away playing time, so he wouldn't embrace a fourth outfielder role. And trade bait? Who is going to take on any of that contract unless he is playing full-time and hitting .275 again?
I imagine his first priority is getting paid, preferably by a contender. And if he gets paid, he will get high-leverage work. While Jordan Hicks showed some potential as a late-inning specialist last season, he did nothing to clinch the closer's role for the coming season. He will need sharper command and more ability to set up that fastball to succeed in that role.
I believe the Cardinals will make major moves. But I believe they can wait longer than six weeks to do so. Unless a team holds an "Everything must go!" fire sale, the Cardinals can take their time. This team is holding on to a lot of pitching that other teams want and it has enough payroll flexibility to make a big strike.
The no-trade clause isn't nearly as big an impediment as the fact that Fowler might have been MLB's worst position player during the 2018 season. And, again, there is that contract.
Corner infield and bullpen. As I often note, this team should try to assemble a bullpen with nothing but high-leverage arms. Every single reliever should be closer caliber. Period. Build THAT sort of bullpen and 100 victories becomes realistic.
That price actually seems realistic. Now, what chance would the Cardinals see to re-up him after the one year or before the one year? That impacts the price. Normally I don't advocate rental trades, but a team looking to reenter the playoff has to take more risk.
Harper has had a 10 WAR earlier in his career. But, yes, his 1.3 WAR last season illustrates while that statistic is such a poor metric for determining ultimate value.
But for how much? $20 million per year? That would be pretty rich for a player who must prove himself all over again. Such a price could push the Cardinals harder into the trade market.
I agree, but under the right circumstances the Cardinals would try that for a year.
I expect both teams to make significant moves. Which teams goes first doesn't matter -- unless one beats the other to a particular player.
Those are not the only two options to upgrade the team.
You might take him, but right now there is no indication the Cardinals want to go there. I feel bad for Machado to a degree -- those years on Baltimore took a toll. Buck Showalter worked miracles there, but it's not like the franchise has a pervasive commitment to winning.
This is why the Kyle Seager chatter will get more interesting. The Mariners remain infatuated by the Cardinals pitching depth.
Well, we'll see. Of course the Cardinals are not going to admit that Fowler's contract is a massive impediment and that only an idiot would trade for him. They will keep pumping his tires and hope for the best. And maybe they will play along as Boras tries to make history with the Bryce Harper signing and secure his legacy as the greatest player agent in sports history. Or maybe somehow the Harper market collapses and the Cardinals are able to get him for less stupid money. This should be a fun winter.
Where is the Tyler O'Neill fan when I need back-up here?
If the pre-injury Donaldson shows up, that would work.