It's getting to that point, yes. This team is just not very good. Even if Piscotty settles in and Carpenter keeps hitting and Fowler gets his average back up into the .270 range, it's hard to see this team piling up a bunch of victories against good teams. But with the Chicago Cubs playing so far below their potential, the Cardinals may hang around the division race in spite of themselves. That could make it tougher for GM John Mozeliak to, say, part with Lance Lynn as a rental pitcher.
The Cardinals have Piscotty and Fowler locked into a long-term deals and three outfield prospects on the front burner -- Magneuris Sierra, Harrison Bader and Oscar Mercado, a speedy centerfielder who is breaking out in Springfield this season. So dealing for an outfielder doesn't seem to make much sense, unless the Cardinals can move Fowler in an accompanying move. As for what the Tigers are seeking, it;'s the usual: High-tier prospect (Sierra) plus middling prospect and/or a big leaguer.
That is the sort of move a playoff-bound team needing one element to go for it all might make. This team is trending the other way -- an overhaul emphasizing youth -- so going a slugger entering the twilight years doesn't seem logical.
Would the Brewers want to see Braun in the division? And would the Cardinals want to help fast-forward Milwaukee's rebuild?
Yeah, I know they are just college kids, but where is the common sense? It's not like Mizzou has a history of leaving kids alone and covering up transgressions.
Not sure the Cardinals would want Heyward back with that contract. If the team knew then what it knows now, it definitely would not have added Fowler. As it turned out, Carpenter simply cannot function outside the leadoff spot. Sierra is developing faster than expected and Mercado has been a revelation in Springfield, making a quantum leap at the plate. Either of those two could push for the starting center field job next year.
Those guys were willing to spend hundreds of millions on the project and add a major attraction to a part of downtown that is eroding. And they met stiff political resistance. I have seen no indication that they want to go with a 100 percent privately-financed stadium
The old theory was the NL was a tactical league emphasizing pitching, defense and run manufacturing and the AL was like slow-pitch softball. That is hardly the case, of course, given the quality of pitching in the AL and some quality all-around athletes like Mike Trout. Other than housing DH types like Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols at the end of their career, I don't know if there is a world of difference.
If the Cardinals trade Lynn, they need to add real offensive muscle. Gardner has added some pop to his game, but the Cardinals have others like him.
Four games without a hit . . . that happens. If Jedd settles in the .270s or .280s this year instead of the .240s, that will be a breakthrough for him. Until this last little stretch, he has been a much better all-around hitter and a very good hitter in the clutch. He is in his prime, so this is his time to define what he really is.
Way back in spring training, before he got sick, Jhonny still looked capable of hitting. If he could get regular work in that park, who knows, he might get the 20-homer swing back. Peralta had been known as a slow starter, so when you compound that by giving him just spot duty, there was little chance Jhonny was going to come through.
To get him long term, I believe the Blues will have top $5 million AAV. If the Blues go bridge, then the next contract could be $7 million AAV. The rest of the NHL is drooling over this guy. He could stand to become more physical, yes, but he is pretty advanced two years into his career. He was a gift from the Hockey Gods (and John Davidson's brother) and the Blues can't hedge on this.
Yes, because this team has yet to sustain quality play against quality teams. The Cardinals should be 10 1/2 out right now, based on their play. They could add some more assets, sort the younger guys they have and plot a new course for next season.
It's just business. Martin could have turned the program around without the Porter Family Package, but with it in place he can sell out a bunch of games in Year 1, make a run for the NCAA Tournament and revive excitement in the region. Just look at Porter Sr.'s salary as commission on all the tickets the team will sell. Other teams will add a AAU coach to get players; at least Porter Sr. comes with D-I experience. And by all accounts these are good people that will reflect well on the school for years to come.
Adams hit at 30-homer pace last year, so this shouldn't be surprising -- especially after he made the big commitment to get in shape. He is a pretty good offensive player. But there just wasn't much of a market for first baseman below the very top tier. Believe, he has been readily available for trade once the Cardinals decided Carpenter had to play first base. The Cardinals have done a nice of scouting international prospects, so you have to think they had a good read the prospect coming back in that deal, Juan Yepez.
If they had cap space, sure, they could use a true scoring line center. Matt Duchene is readily available. Perhaps Derek Stepan too. And Tyler Johnson. And Alex Galchenyuk, who is at the right age to grow with this team. But even if this team can offload Jori Lehtera, I see Parayko getting big dollars and not much room left to add a proven center. And, of course, the player other teams would want back in a trade is Parayko.
The Blues have two first-round picks and some depth among their young D-men. Everybody will be trying to dump salary on Las Vegas, but Doug Armstrong seems especially well-positioned to make that deal. Otherwise he has no protection problems at all. If he can't make a deal, he won't lose any sleep over the players he has to expose.
He wouldn't be playing if he had concussion symptoms. Piscotty is too smart for that and Matheny too aware of what that world is like. Also, he hit very well coming back from his family leave, suggesting that he was locked in. I do wonder about his swing tinkering, which led to a dreadful spring. Some of the defensive mishaps are signs of pressing, which would not be surprising for a player in his second full season trying to justify his big contract.
He has shown some signs lately, hitting a couple of homers and a couple of doubles. Although he has improved defensively at shortstop, yes, he will need to produce runs to stay there. DeJong is surprisingly sound and he offers some pop as well. The Cardinals like Diaz's speed and still see some offensive upside, but he is definitely on the clock. Do the Cardinals commit more money to him or turn to DeJong in the interim, now that it appears Kolten Wong is over the hump? Right now it's tough to define Diaz's value for the next four to five years.
There was quite a buzz for that game among the soccer diehards. They were due to have some fun after the big MLS letdown.