I'd rather have Reyes gear up for his role shift gradually, starting in the offseason and continuing through spring training. In the meantime he can help get this team through the season in one piece.
As the Cardinals proved while making the blockbuster Goldschmidt and Arenado trades, they are willing to take the big swing. Perhaps they will do it once again after cycling out their dead '21 money after this season.
Trade Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker to rent Scherzer for the rest of the season -- a season that is essentially lost? That would be stupid. Trades like that explain why other teams don't contend as consistently as the Cardinals do.
Wherever he hits in the batting order, he will have to hit better than his current .219 with runners in scoring position.
Had the Cardinals stayed healthy, they would be at least within arm's reach of the Brewers. But a lot teams can point to injuries this season. It was that kind of season.
Since the teams can trade international spending money, I don't see why this is the case.
Adding better left-side utility could do a world of good. As I noted earlier, the Cardinals have played Edman into the ground and put him into too many tough matchups.
I believe the Cardinals have been kicking that tire.
Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker are elite hitting prospects. I expect them to have an impact before they turn 26 or 28.
He felt the cold shoulder of the free-agent marketplace. Heck of a NHL career, but his legs are finally going.
Yes, there were budget constraints. But this team was in good shape in the NL race when it was reasonably healthy. And if they get Flaherty, Mikolas and Ponce de Leon back, they will win a lot of games down the stretch.
That looks like a pure AHL deal. He has spent a lot of time in North America without seeing much NHL time.
I love the Garcia story, but the guy didn't break out until he was 28 and every team in baseball took a pass on him. As good as Arozarena is, the Cardinals may soon have an outfield that will allow everybody to finally turn the page on that trade.
I don't see the Cardinals shopping the high-end of the free-agent marketplace with those $350 million contracts. The Cardinals will sink or swim on their ability (or inability) to develop and retain impact players.
There's plenty of that here.
Or you could tune into the Cubs broadcast and listen to explain why the Small Bears traded away all of their top players to start another dark period.
Maybe. Lots of skill there, but he hasn't sustained success or health.