Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Trading Bader now would be a classic "sell low" move, one not likely to yield much of a return. And the Cardinals have given away enough outfielders for a while. There should be work for O'Neill and Bader for the long haul even if Ozuna re-ups here -- since Fowler will be done here after his contract and Martinez figures to settle in as a part-timer once this team gets back to full strength.
There's not a lot of money left for the Blues under the cap -- so unless this team makes a trade, the Big Rig would have to settle for another hometown discount here. The remaining X-factor is Joel Edmudson, who seemed destine to get much bigger money this summer but then had a so-so year.
That genius, Jeff Luhnow, lost 106, 107. 111 and 92 games in his first four seasons in Houston. That earned him some high draft picks (some of which he wasted) and allowed him to trade away most of his veterans for an army of prospects. From that pipe a championship finally emerged. Meanwhile the Cardinals remained in the hunt season after season.
Yes, I believe they should try to reach this postseason because they made big financial commitments to key players and they do rely on some veterans on the high side of 30 years old. The question is, how much trade leverage do they have compared to some peer franchises? I expect John Mozeliak to make a move, but the key for this team will be getting guys like Paul DeJong (who rose up Thursday), Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt producing with some consistency. This team can't leave run production to Tommy Edman and Tyler O'Neill.
The Blues got forward Erik Foley, a player they liked a lot. He looked like a good fit for the Craig Berube style. He is a power forward who bangs bodies and gets to the net. Unfortunately he suffered a concussion the rookie tournament and missed the entire season. Given that severity, it;'s safe to say the rest of his career is in some doubt.
Agreed. The free agent market has collapsed on older guys like Matt Carpenter. He wasn't going anywhere any time soon. And even if he did hit like he did for a chunk of 2018, how high was that money ever going to go for a guy well into his 30s?
You are unlikely to draft a superstar later in the first round, where the Cardinals usually are because they post a winning record every year. And while they have certainly signed and developed some nice players from Latin America, they haven't found big impact hitters. Maybe Oscar would have been that guy, but we'll never know.
Yes, it was weird to see a franchise that avoided bad contracts better than most suddenly make so many questionable investments in older guys. And as it turned out, going against today's conventional thinking has not worked out for the organization.
Berube didn't make it a regular habit of sitting out his top guys if they were in a funk. Schwartz, Tarasenko, Schenn, Parayko, Pietrangelo . . . all those guys when through less productive periods and they kept playing. In the case of the Cardinals, Shildt has been willing to sit key guys (Carpenter in particular) to help them reset. But moving veterans in and out of the lineup will cause a manager to lose his clubhouse. Matheny shuffled his lineup a lot last season and the players turned on him. Unless your roster is stuffed with talent (like the Yankees or Dodgers), it's hard to sell that shuffle to the team. For the most part you play your key guys and hope the regular work helps them get on track.
I'd be disappointed if Kyrou was just a 60-point guy. He has special talent. This is not just Ron Caron-type hype, this is what independent analysts have noted. It would have been interesting to see if Kyrou would have gotten a look at some point in the playoffs had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury. The NHL is going to a speed/skill game and this kid can make plays at high speed.
Yeah, that could happen. The Cardinals need to add a starter and at some point they may want to bring back Ryan Helsley or look at reliever Junior Fernandez, who finally put it together in the minors this season.
He is an interesting case. He's been around long enough where going with a multi-year deal could make some sense. Given Barbashev's lack of leverage, the difference between his realistic position and the Blues' position cannot be great. He has KHL leverage, but I can't see him leaving a Cup team just as his NHL career is taking off.
Kostin didn't turn 20 until after his second AHL season. Teenagers in that league are scarce. Had he played major junior or college hockey, he would have put up big numbers. It's worth noting that he scored eight goals in 12 games at the last two World Junior Championships playing against guys his age. He has the size to play for Berube and he plays with an edge too. (Check out his angry response to not winning the last WJC.) But to your point, the Blues want to see the offensive side of his game emerge so he doesn't stagnate. He needs to reach closer to this offensive potential before getting regular work at the NHL level or else he could settle into a career as a Bottom 6 forward. A good sign at the development camp: He finally did some interviews in English, proving that he is getting much more comfortable here. I expect to see him in at least a few NHL games this season as the organization makes his development a priority.
That sounds something like the 2006 Cardinals, who won a World Series with guys like twilight year Jeff Weaver and eternal prospect Anthony Reyes.
The problem in the Robert case was two-fold: First, the White Sox did make an extravagant offer. Surely desperation played into that, since that team has been only intermittently relevant for the last two decades. Second, the Cardinals had already spent aggressively in Latin America so they would have paid a dollar-for-dollar penalty for signing Robert. So they had to decide if he was a $54 million player. Maybe he is, but it's easy to see why the Cardinals weren't determined to win that bidding at all cost.
I refuse to believe that the NFL was ever going to let such a move occur. But at the time it seemed like a good wedge to ensure that St. Louis got an expansion team. And we all saw how that played out.
The Cardinals are 2 1/2 games out of first place despite taking some major injury hits. They are shooting for their 12th consecutive winning season despite some notable adversity. During that entire span they have been out of the playoff chase for just few weeks. So I'm guessing Bill DeWwitt Jr. doesn't share your outrage -- especially since he has a role in all major personnel decisions himself. Are their concerns about some dead contract money and deals that didn't work out? Sure. Does the front office feel the urgency to make some fixes? Of course. But we're seeing some positive signs on the field lately, so I believe that lessens the chances that DeWitt will feel compelled to look outside the organization for new leadership.