Well, a guy like Francisco Liriano to shore up the bullpen. Right now the national guys don't rank the Cards among the top contenders for one of the better starters. And that's disappointing. We keep beating that drum in this space, but the supply of starters may not match the demand this year.
His hearing is Aug. 4. This one actually might take a ruling, for the reasons noted earlier in the chat.
All-Star. While some slippage is inevitable, he proved capable of bouncing back nicely during the playoffs. That ability, combined with the likelihood of the Blues winning a lot, should make him one of the league's better netminders.
Headed in the direction? You can say that, since the previous direction was .500. So even beating up bad teams was a nice step. But they have to keep hitting to win some games in this upcoming stretch. Can they keep getting production at catcher? What about from O'Neill.Munoz? And can they get at least a couple of starting pitchers to start working deeper into games?
Ozuna has been productive. When healthy, he needs to play. O'Neill and Munoz have promise and they have delivered spurts of offense, but neither has consistently performed at a higher level than Ozuna. As for Carpenter, we'll see. Edman is 2 for 12 in his last three games and 4 for 21 in his last five. So it's not like he has slammed close the door to third base.
I didn't say that at all. The point was, Berube played Binnington because he was light years better than Allen. And if Edman was comparably light years better than Carpenter, then, sure, Shildt would play him. I didn't set that at the replacement standard, I was merely constructing the baseball equivalent to Binnington/Allen.
As I just mention, a solid veteran like Francisco Liriano seems reasonable. I'd like to see better, of course, but right now I am having a hard time seeing a more exciting fit.
Schmaltz was a 25th overall pick and he did reach the NHL, but I suppose he was bust. Not good enough offensively to offset his defensive shortcomings. Dunn, on the other hand, is an offensive plus, so the team is willing to shelter him defensively.
Still recovering from injury. It doesn't sound like we will see him any time soon.
As noted earlier, sending Bader back for more offensive work would seem to make sense. Right now he is just a defensive replacement at this level. That is not doing him any good in terms of development.
That is the type of contract similar D-men get. But I am not sure the Blues can do that cap-wise. If I had to pick one guy on the roster who could become a trade chop, it's Joel.
No, that seems a bit low.
The AAV seems about right. He will want more years at his age. He's not getting another big deal after this one.
But if fans read what we write, they also know that the Cards are low on trade chips and they are toward the back of the line of contenders looking to add. They could have added a guy like Derek Holland, who just landed with the Cubs, but the few decent starting pitchers available will command big prices.
He has become an asset, either as a trade chip or as a promotion. He has taken a big step this season after struggling with command for years. If the Cardinals hang on to him, they are plenty of guys who could fall off the 40-man and not be missed.
One piece, Derek Holland, just went to the Cubs.
One factor is this Busch Stadium is more of a pitchers park. It will hold some long fly balls.
A guy you haven't yet? I don't see such a player in the farm system. Dylan Carlson has a nice future, but I don't see him breaking through the big outfield crowd to play much this September.