Two things: Would the Cardinals rather have the draft pick but a hole in the middle of their lineup or a better lineup. I would hope John Mozeliak is more focused on winning this season than adding another draft pick. Also, Ozuna is running out of options to sign with teams willing to cough up a pick. Texas is still in the mix, but that team is in on many hitters.
We wore underwear on the outside of our pant for some reason and I threw that on the court after what we deemed to be a poorly officiated game by John "Hamster Head" Overby. One of my cohorts actually rushed the court and got arrested. Good times!
Good luck signing a decent MLB player these days without offering such a clause.
Most of these young guys on the Cardinals just want a chance to play in the big leagues. They don't want to play for another PCL title in Memphis. These guys saw the competition and they knew it could lead to trades, which beats relegation to the minors.
I do expect a good run with this team, several years of contention. But you have to be pinching yourself some nights, right?
I can live with it. Not my favorite idea, but I've been worn down on this topic. Watching most pitchers hit or attempt to bunt is not entertaining.
If I'm the Cubs, I am more concerned about comparative pitching quality than who plays third base for the Cardinals.
I agree with you there. Alex is having a monstrous year, but, again, how many teams want to really, really overpay him in his mid-30s for what he achieved here?
You would have to reel in home-run expectations for sure. But then again, his value in the field would be greater in a pitcher's park for a team that stresses pitching.
If only it were that easy!
Lots of ifs in there, but, yes, this team does have some long-term pieces.
As things stand today, maybe Rangelo Ravelo makes the cut as a pinch-hitter.
He traded for Marcell Ozuna, Paul Goldschmidt and John Gant in recent years, along with younger guys who reached the big leagues like Giovanny Gallegos and Lane Thomas. So I don't see the point.
The Cardinals sat Carpenter last season and will do it again if need be, But the fact he has two years left, not one, makes that too much money to simply eat, to BenFred's point.
Again, the Cardinals have added player of various cultures to the 40-man roster. No big league team gave Jose Martinez a shot until the Cardinals did. Same goes for Rangel Ravelo. White guy Stephen Piscotty moved on for Yairo Munoz. White guy Luke Voit moved on for Giovanny Gallegos. White guy Michael Wacha didn't get another contract, so maybe Alex Reyes and Daniel Ponce de Leon could get a shot at the rotation. And like I said, this team has offered Bader and O'Neill and they could be moved just like white guy Randal Grichuk got moved.
Adding a 35-goal goal scorer to a team for the playoffs sounds like an extra gear to me. And the fact so many guys have been able to upgrade their offensive game will give the team unusual depth come playoff time, health permitting.
There is no need to add Carlson to the roster just yet. It's fair to assume more moves are coming between now and Opening Day.
I covered news in college and that's where I figured I would land. Circumstances just moved me toward sports. As for the career choice of journalism, when you're not good at math or science in high school, you have to go to Column B.
I scoff at most of the complaints about his tactical skills because we all heard the same stuff about Ned Yost and you saw how that turned out in KC. Mike became too defensive and stubborn in the STL and he turned off some sections of the clubhouse. He needs to chill it down a few notches, stay engaged with all of his players and take advice a bit more freely. I imagine he learned some lessons. Getting out of the spotlight should help him too.
The starting pitching depth includes Kim, Ponce de Leon, Alex Reyes and Austin Gomber.