Sure, the Cardinals are waiting for prices to come down. As we explain almost daily here at STLToday.com, the Cardinals have already spent there payroll dollars for next season. There is not much flexibility there.
Only a moron would take back Carpenter in any sort of trade, much less for a superstar like Arenado. Bader can catrch fly balls but cannot hit sliders off the plate to save his life and the whole world knows it. Montero suffered a hand injury that ruined his season, so who knows where he is for 2020 and beyond. Gorman and Hudson would interest that team, but it is really hard to trade injured, flawed or fading players for megastars.
I believe Sterk did have some interest in all three guys. Word is he was wanted a safe choice that was no threat to invite more NCAA scrutiny after the flogging the school just took. That was a pretty big miscalculation by him, but he managed a nice recovery by through the miracle of overspending.
I don't believe the Cardinals would be in a rush to trade Knizner. Is he ever going to be a super-hot trade commodity? I''m skeptical. Odds are Molina would miss chunks of time in your scenario and the Cardinals would need good replacement at bats, which Knizner could ultimately provide. Right now they would seem content to let Knizner get one more year in at Triple-A if they can get Wieters or a similar veteran.
And that had to be done on purpose, right, to lead to more homers in addition to production efficiency. The homers were good for the game.
They are waiting for the market to come back to them. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. The Reds were on him, but then spent crazy money on Moustakas. MLB is awash with decent outfielders, so it will be interesting to see if he can real money this winter.
I don't think there is any trade value there because I can't imagine the Blues trading him. They are trying to win the Cup this season. Among the healthy Blues, only Binnington matches his importance.
Are we sure Brett Cecil is still alive? Just kidding. While the Yankees might want to move Happ and his contract, he is a useful player. Cecil is not. Only a moron would take Cecil back in a Happ trade.
If the Indians do that, the franchise should fold. Hudson and Gorman are guys other teams would want, but come on.
This is a good time to have good young pitching because other teams have to overspend to keep up in the arms race.
Obviously Matt Holliday had a great run here. Heyward and Peralta were OK. They added to the offense but they didn't impact it in a huge way. Ozuna and Goldschmidt regressed significantly.
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There are a lot of outfielders out there, including Ozuna. They are OK options, hedges against the threat that none of the assorted Cardinals youngsters will actually pan out to be consistent producers.
If the Cardinals stall out this year, then at least the franchise will better positioned to eat come bad contract dollars and seek real upgrades for the 2021 season.
Gorman is a couple years away. But he IS intriguing. Incredible power for a young guy.
I guess. But don't see how weightlifting helps him make more consistent contact and use the whole field. That is is path back to offensive relevance, but doubling down on dead pull hitting.
Sundqvist is a massive surprise. I thought he was an OK fourth-liner, like Jacob de la Rose is this year. Then his career took off. He found two more gears in his skating, not to mention a good shot too. Amazing stuff.
Yeah, Heyward was bullet dodged. Stanton was an even bigger one, since it seems he just cannot stay healthy. I believe Price could have done better here than in Boston, but the health risk was always gong to be there with a pitcher.
No idea there. I am a bit skeptical given his age. A young with tools, that's where it's interesting with Japanese prospects. As noted earlier, his profile suggests he could add a different element to the outfield competition here without being a sure thing.
As BenFred noted, there are some lefties there waiting for a call. Some are sure bets to help the rotation and others might offer depth and insurance.