I'm with you on that. At some point you have to put winning at the MLB level over a guy's development. Look how Martinez helped in relief.
That's Mr. Goold's department. Randy might go for it, now that the heavy lifting is done.
Yeah, but that is a prime-age guy on a good contract. As much as they need pitching, can they do that? Do they have a great prospects moving in, ready to play there?
Not at all, assuming it is an ongoing problem. Managers are reluctant to play that card, at the risk of losing a player altogether, but the game could use a little more of that.
Yes, but also on Mozeliak for not giving the coaching staff enough to work with this season. There will be ample blame to go around. If the team is wallowing at the end of "four to six weeks" then I would expect both personnel changes and further field staff changes. Matheny and Mabry have to be on the clock now, I'm assuming Mozeliak would get another chance to return, assuming DeWitt agreed with his plan. Bill set a clear goal: Contend this year and every year.
That could be a good plan, especially since this team has guys in the minors capable of playing this year. Promoting them could expedite their growth and help the front office assess what they have and don't have. Also, some of those players could gain marketing value for trade.
If Fowler was hitting .280 and getting to gap shots left and right, then we'd be talking more about trading some young outfielders. But he's not.
Adding Donaldson means you are trying to win now. And that means you aren't unloading veterans. This team needs middle-of-the-order heft, but it needs it long term. Donaldson is 31 and he hits free agency in 2019.
Dealing Fowler is not a practical proposal, for the reason you mentioned, but in ideal world that would be a way out for the Cardinals.
Sierra 1, Mercado 2 and Bader 3. Mercado is really putting his athleticism to use this year. Sierra has awesome speed, but he is totally raw as a runner. Bader's ceiling isn't as high, but his worst case seems to be fourth outfielder. Either Mercado or Sierra could have a big impact with their speed and center field range, but neither is Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.
Again, Bader is a real good player. But you saw the energy Sierra brought. He just seems to have the "it" factor. Bader is a solid prospect, like DeJong, but not quite that high-ceiling guy.
Fowler and Anthony Rizzo reunited! Not sure how much payroll the Cubs want to add, but there are worse ideas.
On the team? Molina, Gyorko, Wong, Carpenter, Piscotty and Fowler. We can talk about trading Carpenter or Fowler as part of a massive overhaul, but I'm not betting on it.
Just filling in on the chat. I can see another 7-9 for the Rams with about 20,000 empty seats for the lesser games.
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Our support for big stadium soccer events has been outstanding. I'd say the STL would do at least that well, based on history.
Well, you look at the marketplace and it's not super appealing. Free agency won't offer much and I don't see the Blues trading Parayko to get a center.
The big picture is the Cardinals will either be seriously bidding for the NL Central title in July or there will major changes. That is a big goal for a sub-.500 team, but that's what the goal is.
Brodeur led the seach for a goaltender coach and his goal was to find somebody who will click with Jake Allen. David Alexander goes way back with Allen -- back to when Jake was 14 -- and that looks like a great fit. He has been most recently coaching in the AHL, fitting this staff's profile of being good with young players.
Trade pitching for promising young hitting.