He traded a reliever, where the team had depth, for a starter, where there was a need. But . . . are Happ and Lester competing for a rotation slot?
Lane Thomas heading to the Nationals. Will he go full Randy Arozarena now?
Maybe a guy like Jhon Torres, who is back in the outfield pile and doing just so-so at the High-A level.
The Cardinals won the division title in 2019, then reached the NLCS. Reached the playoffs in 2020.
Yes, he is a pitcher. But he failed in the rotation. The immediate need was starting pitching.
The Cardinals have added several players in-season.
I imagine Mikolas will be an upgrade over the too-green Oviedo, assuming he's healthy.
If the team makes the postseason in 2019 and 2020 under tough circumstances, that's worth considering if the team gets crushed by injuries in 2021 and falls off the pace.
That the NL West if formidable is not a news flash. It's been that way all year.
Happ has had past success as a starting pitcher. If he or Jon Lester can turn back the clock, that will help the rotation. If they can't, then fans will be free to surround Busch Stadium with a 24-hour John Gant Candlelight Vigil.
No, you would have whined about the team not doing anything.
The complaining is a year-round exercise.
After the deep playoff run by the Blues last season, Armstrong is likely still running ahead in the polls.
Confused, because Jon Lester is also on the way.
There might be a trade to be made if the Blues ever get cap space to work with after moving on from No. 91.
And on this day Cubs fans must feel like a pack of rabid hyenas stormed into their house and menaced Aunt Judy.
The Rockies are headed for their ninth losing seasons in 11 so, yes, they would love to get John Mozeliak.
As noted earlier, the Cardinals believed they had sufficient pitching depth. But when they got crushed by injuries, their lack of quality there are Triple-A hurt them. The trades for Ozuna, Goldschmidt and Arenado tapped out that depth. So, yes, more should have been done going into the spring just in case.
Reasonable health, not everything going perfectly, would have kept the Cardinals in the thick of the NL Central race.
I would be surprised if both pitchers are on the team next season.