Carlos Martinez is still young with lots of untapped potential, so trading him would be stupid unless the Cards get back an all-star hitter at a need position under contract for many years. Since the Cards no longer have a first baseman in waiting, Carpenter isn't going anywhere. They could use a reliable closer, as noted earlier, and perhaps an interim third baseman. But the team did see a lot of good things during the big second half.
Mozeliak has already said he would want to take a look. After all, Rick is a Jupiter, Fla,, guy and it wouldn't take much to try him out.
St. Louis would have to reverse its position on stadiums and put something like Indy's stadium on the board. But even then, are any NFL teams really looking to move?
Just to upset people, I will follow BenFred's lead and say the Cubs.
BTW, the Cards are setting themselves on fire in the first inning at Wrigley Field. This could get real ugly real fast.
Since the Cards no longer own the Memphis franchise, I'm not sure what that deal is. But I can't imagine he has any sort of restriction from pursuing a big league job. If the Cards promote him to the big league staff, then this franchise would have more control over him.
Ah, but such days are long gone in the NHL. Back in the old (Chuck) Norris Division days, that was possible.
Great question, because Shildt can't hold anybody back in this series. I'm guessing that would be a bullpen start, with all hands on deck.
Sure, because this team was stuck at .500 and made a big push under Shildt. Trouble was, the Rockies and Brewers played even better. But a couple of months of great play would easily trump a tough finish.
Supposedly there is no structural problem, so presumably rest and rehabilitation will get him better. We've seen some of his power return after the cortisone shot.
No such person exists. Jerry Jones runs the league, so this is a money deal. If a billionaire comes along and wants a team in St. Louis -- and is willing to bankroll the stadium -- then the city gets back in. But what are the odds of that happening.
Yeah, MLB GMs wish they could just send guys failing to live up to their contracts to the pit of misery. But the Players Association might file a grievance.
Castellanos is an interesting guy, a nice bat for sure. If Arizona trades Goldschmidt, its next move should be to fold. So I see Carpenter at first base for another year anyway, DeJong is a good offensive third baseman, but his numbers don't hold up at third base -- especially if the shortstop is a No. 8 hitter with no pop.
i could see offering him one more year, but for nowhere near his current pay rate. All the pitching injuries this season reminded us that a team can never have too many guys. And given some young guys more time to develop wouldn't be the worst thing.
Why would the Diamondbacks trade Goldschmidt for Ozuna? That is laughable. As for Jose Martinez, the club didn't get much interest in him this summer. So why not keep him and let him .300, either as a part-time guy or as Fowler's replacement in right field. As for Carpenter, why trade him after the last 4 1/2 months he had? This team needs more offense, not less.
The Cardinals still sell well over 3 million tickets per season, so some of this chatter about the market fade seems premature.
I agree. This guy was an impact hitter for this team. He has been since graduating into semi-regular work. He can produce as a part-time player, too, which makes him utterly invaluable.
So you want to tank three or four seasons, lose deliberately and start over? I don't see that as a winning strategy in this market. People yelp about attendance decline now, but what would a Tuesday night look like 20 games under .500. I will agree that the Cards should set 100 victories as their annual goal,not 90. That is not an unreasonable target in an industry where several other teams aren't committed to competing in a given year.
The MLS has done just fine in the K.C. suburbs, so that is not a ridiculous point.