OK, I will make sure to stay clear of that frenzied economic growth around Union Station. Don't want to get stuck in traffic.
Less than three months in, Fowler and Cecil haven't paid off. But maybe the big mistake was trusting the guys he had to sustain their level of play. Gyorko and Wong picked up their play, but how many other guys are playing to their previous levels?
Herzog's team had serious off-field issues. Not the same issue here.
Every team is dealing with the extreme shifting. Do hitters stay with their strengths and trust their skill, with some modest adjustments, or do they change their hitting approach to beat the shift? Tough question, which is why some folks want to outlaw extreme shifting. Asking hitters to change at this level is difficult.
The Cardinals do have some "A" caliber arms to move, if a team offers a hitting prospect of the same caliber.
Well, you move Carpenter down in the order because he has been one of the better RBI guys on the team. That's a no-brainer. That was a team need and seemed like a reasonable ask. It wasn't like they asked him to start hitting left-handed.
I just think he pitched a lot of innings and now he's, um, paying the Price. He is trying to avoid elbow surgery but I'd be shocked if he finishes out that contract without undergoing the knife.
Yes, if the Cards are a few games out of first place around the trade deadline, then they should play on and fill a need or two. The odds of that happening while they are below .500 at the end of July are extreme, but I'll play along. If the division is there to be had, go for it.
Just MPJ. Never say never in this environment, but the other guys have a chance to elevate their stock in 2018-19.
Actually, it seems it will be able resume his career if he can handle facing hitters again. His physical recovery should be complete.
If you get in the playoffs, you have a chance to win. Ask Anthony Reyes about that. Don't sell off talent if you can make the bracket.
Back in 2014, he had a couple of good starts where he got through the order a couple of times. But he also had shorter outings a lot of relief work that year. Otherwise his work same at this level is small. The Cardinals would love to see him make the rotation, but if he falls to relief work that would not be a surprise. Tough to assess somebody who has missed so much time.
They traded multiple prospects to get Jason Heyward and got a good year out of him. Mozeliak would have no problem doing that again, especially after losing two low-minor prospects to San Diego in the Rule 5 draft. That reminded everybody that you can't just pile up prospects.
The Cards would not draw 40,000 fans a night for a 100-loss team -- or multiple 100-loss teams, as the Cubs and Astros rolled out onto the field. So the Cards will retool instead until the situation becomes hopeless. It is nowhere near that time now.
Let's not go all Tommy Pham on Wong. Under the old 15-day disabled list, he probably wouldn't have gone of the DL with the left elbow. Not sure what's up with the right one.
I could see that within the next three to five weeks. Is Mozeliak ready to concede the season right now? No.
No one, really. This was a ninth overall pick, so a young Alex Pietrangelo comes closest.
Of course, very few "franchise-type" players in their prime reach free agency. If any of the Big Three get that far, I'd expect a big market team to go $300 million to $400 million for them and blow away the competition.
His limitations were well known, but him and Grichuk in CF/LF was upgrade over Grichuk/Holliday in CF/LF. Plus there was an assumption that he would slide over at some point.
No, because he already knows we like soccer here. Unless that game included a stadium-building ceremony, it wasn't a perception changer.
Got hurt after a decent Double-A year. But he lost some velocity, so he isn't viewed as an elite prospect.
We'll see. Many injuries the last few years. Let's see if he can build enough fastball (and location) to set up the change.
Six years, $30 million-plus. Just off the top of my head.
It's tough to get that expansion fee money back in the MLS. Basically that league is selling franchise appreciation to owners. At some point, enough is enough when it comes to pouring hundreds of millions into a project.
OK that's it for today. All tapped out. Almost five hours was plenty. See you down the road!