I don't expect to see many undeserving players stuck in the AHL this season for the Blues. They're not THAT deep. With a few in-season moves and better health than a year ago, I could see this team getting at least to the second round.
I'd go the latter route. As noted earlier, that would allow the Cardinals to give Arenado, Goldschmidt and others a break from fielding while letting them take some DH turns. That could make Gorman a nice fit as a DH/2B/3B.
O'Neill has secured his everyday spot next season. Sosa is doing the same. So other than the DH -- where Gorman and Yepez are options -- there aren't position spots to spend big on. Starting pitching and relief depth, though, need more investment.
The Bruins did win on his watch, but mistakes were made and measures by ownership were taken.
Since Schilling threw a fit and wanted to be taken off the ballot, I'm guessing he could miss again.
Flaherty, Wainwright, Hudson, Mikolas, Reyes, No. 6 TBA.
The top Cardinals hitters hit like top hitters. Sosa provided an offensive jolt by replacing DeJong. O'Neill finally turned the corner as an all-around hitter. Garcia and McFarland rescued the bullpen and Happ and Lester rescued the rotation. The team got on their toes defensively and it all came together.
The umpires are graded and many are flunking the balls-and-strikes aspect. The technology exists for electronic balls-and-strikes calls and some year soon I believe we will see it.
I've got him on my fantasy team and he's been fine when healthy. I would like to see an interchangeable stack of position players for next season and such a trade would help achieve that.
I agree on your points, but I see enough money to invest in one proven starting pitcher, additional relief help and one proven bat for DH/utility work.
A high salary floor would help. That teams can collect revenue-sharing money and then pocket it -- rather than spend it on talent -- is a stupid aspect of the current arrangement. But to have a salary floor you have to have some sort of salary cap and the players will fight tooth and nail against that.
Teams have a bullpen coach to run things about there and a bullpen catcher to, well, catch.
I believe the best path would be trading him to restock the pitching prospect supply, if such a deal exists. If DeJong magically becomes a .270 hitter, so be it. The Cardinals have to reset their own organizational depth and they can't worry about what their alumni are doing.
Hitting in the big league is a series of small adjustments, made day to day. I don't believe there was a dramatic change in approach like the one Joey Votto made to rediscover his power in his twilight year.
Ideally the team would find a shutdown upgrade over Marco Scandella and Robert Bortuzzo, who have been fine here but not shutdown. If it becomes obvious that Krug and Perunovich can't both be in the top 6 for the long haul, then obviously one would have to go.
If the Cardinals block Gorman with a left-side bat, it better be with a guy with a one-year deal. Maybe Gorman won't be ready in April, but if he's raking in June he needs to join Sosa, Edman, O'Neill, Bader and Carlson as home-grown mainstays,
I am the wrong guy to ask MLS expansion draft questions. That is something I will learn more about as we get closer.