This team needs work, but it could also enjoy a big pitching progression by getting Wacha and Reyes back and by continuing to see Flaherty, Hicks, Hudson, et al learn on the fly. And lets see if Bader and O'Neill keep progressing.
Well, now we're going too far.
Again, that Fowler contract could cause some security erosion. But again, unless there is some sort of philosophical falling out, I wouldn't anticipate Mozeliak getting the short haircut any time soon. Again, DeWitt was heavily involved in the big decisions of recent years.
Mabry had lots of success here, including Wong hitting .285 and Pham enjoying his professional breakout. DeJong broke out as an impact hitter for him, Molina had some of his best offensive success, Piscotty had a big year before the family stuff hit, Fowler had a nice moving down in the order last season. If hitting coaches are so responsible, they should get paid $20 million per season. As for Tulowitzki, obviously Donaldson for short money would be a good bet while everyone has moved on from the Tulowitzki. I warned them for years about that guy!
That's less of a bold move that dealing for Ozuna in his prime. It's not like this management team doesn't try stuff. Some of it fails.
No. What did he ever say about launch angle.
In his earlier life as a pitcher, he was with their Johnson City team.
Take it case by case. Piscotty moved on significantly for family reasons, since playing here with his mother dying wasn't working. I would have kept Adams, who did elsewhere what he did here. Pham did in Tampa what he did here, but given his age, inconsistency and chronic eye trouble, I had no problem with that. The team became better with Bader in center. Voit was fine here, just not better than Matt Carpenter.
He was OK at second base, but that whole thing happened because TLR wanted Adam Kennedy gone.
Seriously, dude, only a moron believes Machado makes the Cardinals only a few games better than Gyorko.
At worst, Adam might buy some kids some time to develop. He also adds leadership. Then he transitions into an off-field role. It's not crazy talk.
Moose is another possibility. As for Donaldson, he might have something left. He was a beast not so long ago.
Kept him storage for a year? Perhaps, but that is not great way to handle that scenario.
Tony had his reasons. And he won the argument, to Skip's professional betterment. Without that ability to more or less play second, Schumaker's career is much shorter.
Why trade him when his value is low. That would be stupid. Give him time at Triple-A to see if he gets back on track. Then if you trade him you can fetch a good young everyday player.
OK, that's it for this week. Good times! Thanks and we'll see you next Friday.