At this point in the season, you have to consider roster management. Broxton's salary isn't so high that the Cardinals couldn't eat it, but you also have to realize that he brings a lot to the table in terms of leadership in that bullpen. In defense of Broxton, he has not allowed a run over his last four outings. He has definitely made it interesting by allowing multiple hits, but he hasn't allowed runs.
Mizzou is perhaps a tad like Iowa in that it will compete for a championship every once in a while, but it is perhaps unfair to expect long stretches of dominance in leagues with such heavyweights.
It's almost certain that Sierra will be sent back once Piscotty is ready. Perhaps the Cardinals can figure out a way to keep Pham on the roster, but at this point Sierra and Pham must at least hope to make the decision extremely difficult to the point that another player has to be sent down.
They've had a proud history worthy of mention.
I bet the Blues could improve if they acquired an elite center, but I don't think that is happening this winter.
I need to double check, but weren't there multiple reports yesterday that DePaul might now be in the lead for Tilmon? I haven't followed that madness closely at all. I would defer to the talented Dave Matter first.
I didn't cover Drew's or Edmonds' careers closely, so I'll have to defer to those who saw both men.
Judging by what Armstrong said yesterday, I wouldn't expect any significant moves like the one you mentioned.
They definitely need to upgrade the center position, but I don't know if that is a realistic option with the salary cap this offseason.
The Cardinals needed to upgrade this year from the start. Sierra has had a sensational MLB debut, but he's still 21 and was at Class A Palm Beach when he was called up. He'll clearly move to the fast track when he returns to the minors. But when the Cardinals signed Fowler I don't think it would have been fair to have expected Sierra to have such a strong showing in May.
The Blues will protect one goaltender (Allen), three defensemen and seven forwards. I will defer to Jeremy Rutherford's live chat on Friday for a more nuanced explanation. He's the expert on that front.
Wainwright has earned the benefit of doubt. They'll give him plenty of rope. Moreover, it's not as though there is a guy at Class AAA Memphis completely knocking on the door. Weaver was hurt for a while. With all that said, it will be interesting to see what happens in early July.
That's a good question. I would assume the Warriors will face the Cavs in the Finals again this year.
That's a good question. I would assume he has earned a promotion to Class AA Springfield.
I don't expect the NBA to come to St. Louis. I don't know how much support there is for the NBA here, but I assume there is a fan base.
GM John Mozeliak and a few scouts recently attended a private workout for Robert. It's clear they want him, but they're one of a handful of teams with serious interest. Robert is a five-tool outfielder, but he would still be a few years away from the majors. He's only 19, so he won't be pushing for playing time in the majors until at least 2019.
I would have to double check on that, but I assume he would be tested at a higher level when he returns. The Cardinals do have plenty of CF depth in the high minors, though.
Lehtera definitely slipped badly. Bouwmeester had a strong season. Berglund didn't show up in the playoffs, and Lehtera had a disappointing season. I think there is enough young talent to take another step foward next year and perhaps pass up some of the veteran guys who struggled this season.
Unfortunately for St. Louis fans who want MLS here, there hasn't been a local owner willing to invest what it would take to bring a team here. The recent group wanted a handout that was just too rich for the voters to approve. It appears that MLS expansion hopefuls don't think this market is really good enough without holding up the city for $60 million.
They made a stupid, sexist tweet. With all that said, I've made many embarrassing, immature, ridiculous, ignorant tweets that I'm ashamed to have sent, so I didn't want to come off as a complete hypocrite by ripping the Cardinals for the mistake. It was a dumb mistake. I know from experience how easy it is to send out a stupid tweet.