Anything is possible. Yeo is desperate to win games. All of the decisions are day-to-day deals now.
Why would they DFA Gomber? There is a something there, at the very least rotation protection. A second good lefty for the bullpen would be ideal and, as you note, that is not likely Cecil.
The money keeps going up. It's crazy. Every MLB team can afford to keep their superstars or bid on other stars. Will that impact this year's class? Possibly. We could see a non-traditional bidder emerge to drive up the price.
As I state every week, if the Cardinals add a starting pitcher, perhaps that sets up a trade for a position player or bumps a young arm to the bullpen. But for the yelping about starting pitching today, the Cardinals had the fifth-best ERA for starting pitching last season despite all the injuries and all the reliance on youth. Conversely, their relief pitching ERA was 20th.
While Carpenter's throws from third make everybody nervous, his fielding metrics over there weren't terrible. The Cardinals seem interesting in Goldschmidt to some degree and Mozeliak hasn't ruled out Carpenter playing third.
There has definitely been improvement in the team's play, so the last two losses weren't as discouraging as the earlier ones. The Blues seemed to be finding their game. But Yeo remains on thin ice.
He is starting in Boston because Tuukka Rask had some off-ice issues. I would expect Rask to regain that job at some point. Halak had nice run earlier this season for the Bruins before they took a bunch of big injury hits on the blue line.
I'd rank the pitchers Flaherty, Hicks, Hudson, Reyes, Poncedeleon, Gomber, Weaver and then Gant. Reyes would be higher, but let's see what he has after two injuries. Nobody's untouchable -- what if the Angels offer Mike Trout -- but Flaherty and Hicks are probably the least touchable. Also, moving Reyes with his stock so low after injuries would be silly. And the next wave of prospects behind these guys isn't nearly as good. All those guys are touchable.
The industry has changed quite a bit. In the past, low-revenue teams would trade guys with mileage left because they couldn't afford them. These days every team can afford to keep every player. Jocketty scored a big trade-and-sign deals, but the farm system was pretty dismal on his watch. Mozeliak hasn't had the same trade-and-sign success, but the Matt Hollida add was terrific. Mozeliak made a nice add with Beltran, who had more in the tank than Will Clark. Also, the farm system flourished with him. So on his watch this has been a more consistently competitive team.
Except that the team has a bunch of outfielders and glaring needs elsewhere.
Kluber, sure. Kuechel would add depth, but some of his underlying numbers set off alarms last season.
Untouchable Blues? I'd say Tarasenko (scores goals, team-friendly deal) and Pietrangelo (plays huge minutes at a generally high level). That's about it.
I'm sure the Cubs factor in injuries to know their team was better than it's record last season. All teams do.
Not sure of the point . . .
Of course, there is no chance all of that happens.
I expect significant bullpen change, through a combination of trades, free agency and internal upgrades -- starters moving to the bullpen.
No, he played at a pretty high level at Memphis this summer once he got healthy. Baseball is not awash is good catching prospects.
I'd say Wong. There is real upside there. He hit .285 two seasons back. DeJong is who he is, good pop for a shortstop. Bader needs to improve, too, to grab that job for the long haul, but I'd point to Wong. There is more there than we have seen consistently.
Zack does his own thing. I believe he earns some respect from teammates, but I couldn't see him up on the front rail all the time locked in on games.