Slugging outfielder Joshua Baez is the big catch. His upside is off the charts, but he is still pretty raw. Otherwise the Cardinals drafted a lot of college pitchers and I would not expect issues signing anybody.
Seattle has some facinating options in goal. I can see them drafting and reselling multiple goaltenders. And our old friend Jake Allen could be a solid choice to start.
Baseball has done some stupid things. That would be another. That would be such a fundamental change that I have a hard time imagining it. The owners are hoping that hitters adjust through competition and the sport evolves back to a more balanced hitting approach. But if these knuckleheads keep pulling balls into shift over and over and over and over again, then extreme measures may be needed to save the sport.
The team pulled our of its tailspin before the break with the help off additional pitching, so this post may be a few weeks too late.
Is there another team eager to acquire Dunn and then protect him from the expansion draft? If there is, that team needs to get ahold of Doug Armstrong ASAP. Dunn plays a position where the Blues have uncommon depth and he's entering his bigger earning years, so he will take taking more cap space. Also, his camp and Armstrong have disagreed about his value over the years, so that is one more factor pointing to a split.
The Blues need to regain their strong team game next year. Deploying a mopey Tarasenko would not help them achieve that goal. Both sides are eager for this split.
If they can offload Tarasenko's cap hit, they could make a move or two in free agency. As for something big, never count out Armstrong. He has pulled off seveal blockbusters that experts couldn't believe.
Baseball is toying with stuff like this, but right now the crackdown on ball doctoring is having the desired leveling effect.
Again, operators are standing by.
Well, how about commanding the fastball to the four corners of the strike zone? If the Cardinals could do that -- and they can't, with any consistency -- then the other stuff could play off of it.
The Giants have offered a great example of resourcefulness. And their success is no accident. They put a LOT of energy into finding the right depth players and fill-ins. The really, really work the pro scouting side hard.
The Cardinals can't worry about "the clock" on prospects because those rules might change in the next CBA. If those guys improve to the point where they are ready for their first test, then they should get that test. That would make them better prepared for next season.
Agreed. By surviving this season, the Cardinals can start the process of improving for next season. More payroll flexibility and the potential for internal offensive improvement create an opportunity for progress in the first full season back with full capacity.
The Cardinals stablized a bit before the break by actually winning some games that Adam didn't pitch. But the Giants are rolling, so, sure, the Cardinals could lose this series.
Molina's competitive drive is insane. I can definitely see him outlasting Wainwright as an active player.
I don't believe the Cardinals have a multi-year pitching emergency. So I don't see them adding a twilight-year pitcher with term left on his contract, even if another team is eating much of it. I can see the team adding stopgap help for this season, then assessing all of the injury stuff after the season.
If Bill DeWitt Jr.'s goal was to sign big free agents this winter then, yes, he should hire new leadership. But that will not be his goal. The objective will be to strengthen the organization overall and Mozeliak's track record there is very good. (13 straight winning seasons, seven postseason trips in 10 years, yada, yada). But I'm sure DeWitt will need to be convinced by whatever plan Mozeliak suggests and he must share that vision -- because he is still an involved owner on baseball matters.
There is not another natural center fielder anywhere near the majors, so Bader is it. I see Alec Burleson, Jhon Torres and Nick Plummer pushing into the mix as corner outfielders. Maybe some day Tre Fletcher can be a CF candidate, if he improves his ability to read fly balls. He is a plus athlete.
Edman has been consistent for the past three seasons, so that is who he is. His rookie surge was just that, a surge. Is the Edman of the last three years good enough to stick? Sure, since his speed adds a nice element. A few more walks and a few more bunt hits could really secure his spot. DeJong is another matter. He has shown some life lately, but right not shortstop is the one position where the Cardinals clearly could use an offensive upgrade.