Well down the list. A lot of Hall of Fame or near-HOF players toiled on the wing here. Hull, Shanahan, Tkachuk, Tarasenko, Mullen, Sutter, Demitra . . . and then short-terms like Dr. Glenn Anderson, stickblade surgeon, and Esa Tikkanen. Lot of great players came through here.
As I said before, this team is about five players short. And while it will be difficult to add high-end pitching, there will be opportunities to improve the supporting cast and I expect that the team will do that. There is some obligation to hang in this year while they have Wainwright and Molina. Those guys are trying to will the team forward and they deserve to get some help.
Mozeliak has basically indicated he has given up on Carpenter changing his hitting approach. Matt has found his way on base this month at the .390 clip -- which is admirable, thanks to six walks and two HBPs in June -- but he is just surviving up there. He gets a really big hit once every two or three weeks.
The Blues, given the high number of Cup winners stil there.
If Jack Flaherty were healthy, then he would be in the All-Star game. And Tyler O'Neill might have better numbers in July than somebody who nakes the game, Again, I'm more concerned about the depth than the number of high -end players.
Only now is MLB getting really serious, because players are calling out other players for blatant cheating and the media is having a field day. Once again baseball let things get out of hand. Finding the solution won't be easy because routine adhesives help the game while advanced adhesives are cheating. Asking umpires to draw the line is impossible, so now baseball will wipe out anything to improve the grip.
If you are trading position players for a starting pitcher or another position player, you're not really a seller You are just changing parts. Given the team's immediate outfield depth, I find it unlikely Bader will move in a trade. He showed signs of progress at the plate for just a bit there and I'm guessing the team wants to see more.
Whitey set the stage for Whiteyball, which pulled this franchise out of the doldrums. I'll give Mozeliak the nod over Jocketty because the Cardinals improved on the player development side on his watch and became more consistently good. The others I was not around for.
The other issues are Max's advanced age and injury risk. Also, the Cardinals are not one elite pitcher away from being a World Series favorite and other franchises might see themsleves that way.
Oscar's death triggered a series of events, true, but the team is way past that now. Many outfielders have come and gone. The team has an interesting outfield with O'Neill-Bader-Carlson that could be very good for a long while, assuming the trio plays together more than occasionally.
Actually Epstein would take the opposite approach and trade veterans for even more prospects to put around the guys in place. He would see that this team is a ways away from being a top contender.
The Cardinals can use another outfielder who can hit, but at the moment pitching is their bigger priority. Oh, to get Sandy Alcantara back . . .
Not much, which is the problem. I don't see many surpluses. Maybe a Delvin Perez (slick fielder) or a Luken Baker (raw power) can made himselg into an asset this season, but I'd be surprised if the Cardinals put any of their intriguing '20 picks, topped off by Jordan Walker.
For all of that I assume the Nationals would deman Matthew Liberatore and Johan Oviedo, perhaps with an Alec Burleson or Jhon Torres threw in.
Well, he hit well in college, then hit well in advanced Class and now he is hitting well in Double-A. I imagine he will get some Triple-A exposure this season because he is a mature player. He pitched in college, so his outfield arm should be a plus.
I could see a day when trading him make sense, since nobody would be shocked if he wanted to pitch in SoCal some day. But first the team needs to make a serious effort to buy into at least a year or two of his free agency. And if trading him becomes a serious option, it would help to get him healthy so the team doesn't sell low on him.
Lars Nootbaar didn't hit for big power in college and he hasn't hit for big power in the minors. But he can hit. Could he be more competitive as a big leagues batter than Lane Thomas? That is a very low bar to clear.
That looks like it for now. Catch you next time. Try to stay cool this weekend, if that's even possible.