That is the big challenge for teams that don't tank and rebuild. When you tank, you get high picks and you can also trade veterans for prospects. That greatly improves your chances of developing the impact player. The Cardinals acknowledge their struggle in that regard but the odds have stacked against them because they refuse to stack 100-loss seasons.
The Blues expect to contend for the Cup next season. What happens after that happens after that. In the meantime, Schenn will give them a better chance to repeat.
The Cardinals traded huge packages -- including pitching to get Ozuna and Goldschmidt. And they traded Gonzales to get O'Neill, a legit power-hitting threat. So they have tried to follow your advice. They just haven't gotten the results they want.
I'll grant you that there is lots of evidence that prove that investing in players in their 30s is risky. Most front offices have tons of analytics on that, which is why the market soured on older guys this past offseason. The Cardinals went counter to that, betting on the work ethic of Carpenter and Goldschmidt to defy the trends. More than halfway into the season that is looking like a mistake.
And there is no guarantee than JDG would hold up either. The Cardinals have made a series of trades that cost young pitching. So I would cling to Hudson, Flaherty and Ponce de Leon and hope that some of these recent draft picks rise quickly to fill in behind. Because there is not a lot of pitching between the big leagues and the low minors these days.
If the Brewers can round up some more starting pitching, they have a chance. Lots of bullpen weapons there and at some point that team could start raking.
This is the first time Armstrong has a Stanley Cup champion. That is kind of a big difference. If Schenn becomes a rental player, so be it. Contenders give up assets for rental players all the time. At worst, Schenn is a rental already in place. Pietrangelo, now there's a guy the team will look to lock in. Alex will get the coin and Armstrong can work backward from there for 2020 and beyond.
I agree on Paul. There was reason to celebrate his arrival. And people accept that the latter part of an extension could be bad for the team. But if the extension looks bad before it even starts . . . yikes!
Ah, but you can also make a team worse with a midseason trade. Like the Tommy Pham trade. The Cardinals want to build their team through player development and fill blanks with trades and free agency. This franchise doesn't want to rely on those avenues. And reviewing their recent moves, you can see why.
Knizner is back in the majors. He arrives with a .304 career minor league batting average. So he's a legit prospect too.
OK, that's it for this week. Pretty tame compared to my old Rams chats. See you next time!