This team has an army of pitching prospects behind him. So if the Cards get the point of selling, they can move him for prospects and then spend the money he would have gained on something of need -- like hitting.
I think the Cardinals would aim higher than Matt Adams if it came time to move Carpenter.
If you have to teach fundamentals at this level, then you have the wrong players. That could well be the case.
The Blues have truly special players -- Tarasenko, Pietrangelo, soon Parayko too -- that every franchise covets. That make sit easier to rebuild. Other than Carlos Martinez, who is at that level for the Cardinals? They have a turn quantity into quality somehow. Big job. And let's not forget, the Cardinals are also coming off an postseason run unmatched in the industry. They are paying the price for steady success in an industry where tanking is widespread.
With a chronic back/neck problem, he is not much to trade right now. Maybe he'll be gone on rehab work.
Again, there is a difference between aggressive and stupid. If the players can't grasp that then, again, they probably have the wrong players.
He is the most polished prospect, certainly ready to compete by next year. Reyes and Weaver have more swing-and-miss stuff.
What happened to the stadium going up next to Union Station.
Not at all. I mentioned earlier that the Giants have the same problem these days. Not a ton of vocal leadership with this bunch.
That works in the NFL with the salary cap, few guaranteed contracts and perpetual winner loaded with talent. That would not work in baseball at all.
The Giants were in and out of the playoffs while the Cardinals kept going to the playoffs every year. Although the Giants did contend when they didn't reach the playoffs. And, yes, they pay a price for this.
Magneuris Sierra -- he was outside looking in on the MLB,com 100.
In all of my life I have never seen somebody obsessed with the left wing/right wing thing. It is a big issue with D-men in today's game, given the high-pressure forechecking making it hard on right side D-men with left hand shots. And, yes, guys forwards are more comfortable on one side or another. But on this team I see interchangeable parts without issues.
Given Mozeliak's track record, I would assume he is returning unless he wants a new challenge or unless he and DeWitt have a major disagreement on what to do next. Ask Jocketty about that. On the odd chance the Cardinals are still within arm's reach of the playoffs and IF they are playing well and IF they are healthy and IF the Cubs can't fix their problems, then perhaps this team will make a move or two to upgrade. Any big deal would have to have long-term payoff, though. And a sell-off seems far more likely, given this team's struggle against real teams this year.
It will be a combination. Remember, the Cubs have pieces to move to upgrade as needed. So the Cardinals have to be realistic about their chances. This team will have to be trending very, very well to move any long-term assets for short-term help. And the Cubs would have to be in terrible shape, IMO.
Left field could be a place to upgrade the offense, but now with another 30-year-old outfielder getting paid into the twilight. Obviously first base is an upgrade spot too.
Seems to profile as a starter, back of the rotation.
Fowler has full no-trade protection, but players have been known to waive that for the right move if it comes to that.
Again, that depends on if this team can add long-term offensive value. Those guys are harder to find than rentals.
Carpenter has been a good offensive player, as he reminded us after moving back to the leadoff spot. He has a couple years left on his contract, so this season keeps going the wrong way he could move into play. Like Mozeliak said, all things are in play. And, yes, teams would want his bat.
I can see DeJong playing shortstop once Wong returns. Otherwise, again, it would have to be a long-term asset coming here at shortstop --and somebody that can hit, too. There is no place for a field-only shortstop in this lineup.