The record of the minor league teams come up weekly. I have a hard time reading into them too much for two reasons. One is a lot of these guys were not playing at all last season due to COVID. Two is that a lot of the teams have younger players on them due to some aggressive promotions. A third would zoom out and suggest that as the minor leagues continue to shrink and as younger player climb faster than ever before things like the win-loss records of minor league teams are going to matter less and less. That's not necessarily a good thing, but it's going to be a thing. My concerns would be more individual than team based. Like, why has Zack Thompson struggled so much this season? Other examples, like a Nick Plummer, are much more encouraging. So, it's a mixed bag. And a hard time to draw a hard line on what minor-league results mean. There's plenty of concern about the win percentage of the major league team, and that's the one that matters most. Always.
That gets a lot of traction with the fans but I've not heard anything about the team seriously considering it. Whatever changes would be made would benefit the opponent as well. The Cardinals have had slightly better averages at home than their opponents this season, but not by much. Maybe it would lead to more scoring, but would it lead to more wins? No guarantee.
I'm probably alone here -- and that's OK -- but I'd like to see some entertainment value added into the equation. Nelson Cruz signed a one-year deal for something like $13 million this season. The Rays traded for him after that deal. I don't think you give an aging bopper a mega long contract, but a short-term add for a guy who is a clear DH could bring some needed offense to this lineup -- perhaps more so than just rotating the position around. It's a spot that lends itself to be all about the bat. The Cardinals have a solid defense. They could use it to go get an offensive specialist. That would be my vote.
It's a great question. His average, on-base percentage and power are all down from last season. He hit the injured list with a right elbow injury in June. It was his first time there since 2019. He's also been playing under the weight of an unknown future, similar to Arenado last season. He sounded pretty convinced he was going to be traded an was publicly frustrated it didn't happen at the trade deadline. Story has had two prominent slumps during his contract season. It could affect his value a bit, but he's still a two-time All-Star with strong defensive numbers who is going to be a free agent entering his age-29 season. Might not be the top of the SS class, but he will be up there. A change of scenery should do him some good, and we have watched firsthand that home-road split worries are not as concrete as people sometimes assume when a player leaves Colorado. Arenado has proven that here in St. Louis this season.
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