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This is a very good question. Of those players, I would assume Lynn and Rosenthal would have the biggest value. I don't think the Cardinals would get quite as much as the Yankees got for Andrew Miller last year from the Indians, but I assume they could probably get two quality prospects for Rosenthal. You could perhaps get an organization's Top 3 prospect for Lynn. Gyorko's value is pretty much the same as when the Cardinals landed him, so you'd have to expect a Jon Jay type player in return. Wong is injured. At this point, the Cardinals aren't probably going to get much in return for Wong.
That's exactly the type of trade that the Cardinals would be wise to pounce on if it's offered. The Red Sox traded a third base prospect who was blocked in 1990 for reliever Larry Andersen. That kid was moved to first base the next spring and part of the starting lineup on Opening Day 1991. He will be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer. His name is Jeff Bagwell. The Cardinals definitely have the potential to sell high on Rosenthal, and they should unload him at the deadline.
Mo is very organized. I would assume that he's already gauging the temperature around the majors. Once a general managers concedes publicly the timeline, you have to believe that he's been thinking about the possibility for a while. If you're a Cardinals fan, you shouldn't be surprised at all if Rosenthal or Lynn are moved at any point in the next five weeks. They are officially on the clock.
I don't know if they'll use that cap space at this time.
According to reports out of New York, the Islanders are actually looking to continue building around Tavares. That is not a realistic option for the Blues at this point.
Every manager has one or two coaches that are his guys on staff. Mabry is one of those for Mike Matheny, so his job might be safe through the year. If the offense continues to struggle throughout the season and the young players don't show growth at the plate this season, I could see Mabry losing his job. Adams has been tearing it up since he got to Atlanta, and his resurgence must prompt the Cardinals to ask some serious questions about the coaching staff.
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Ozuna plays for the Marlins, by the way. He would cost the Cardinals at least two top prospects, and I don't know if it's worth making such an investment considering there are many holes on the roster.
Budaska is a respected hitting coach among the Cardinals' young players, and it was evident that the players were happy to see him. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out.
If there has been a discussion, I'm not aware of it. I also haven't asked that question, so I cannot answer that question with authority. Sorry.
It wouldn't make sense to sell off pieces such as Lynn and Oh and buy players such as Ozuna and Donaldson. If you wanted to acquire Ozuna and Donaldson, you'd want to have Oh to close and Lynn to help the rotation for a playoff push.
I have been quite outspoken in my opposition of that homophobic chant. It has no place in sports.
The Cardinals' biggest need is a dangerous middle-of-the-order slugger. There is nobody in the lineup that opposing teams truly fear.
Mozeliak gets a budget to master. It's clear that Encarnacion didn't fit in the Cardinals' budget. I pounded and pounded the drums for Encarnacion all winter, and it was clear the Cardinals had no interest in tying up that contract for a multi-year deal. Matt Carpenter's defensive shortcomings may be the biggest handcuff to this team. With Carpenter set to play first, you cannot add Encarnacion because you would have two below average defenders and actually make the defense worse by moving Carpenter to third, where he's even worse defensively than at first.
Mozeliak doesn't need to call the Nationals. If they want Oh or Rosenthal, they will call him or likely already have called him. You hurt your bargaining power if you make the first call. The Cardinals should be able to get a quality prospect or two in return for Rosenthal.
I'm a big fan of my colleagues. I like to think we all hold the Cardinals and the Blues accountable.
I'm of the opinion that we have to take what Doug Armstrong says through the filter of GM speak. He has nothing to gain by conceding publicly to the media that he would be willing to give up assets to get rid of Lehtera's contract. Moreover, you clearly understand that Lehtera's value is almost non existent. If you and I realize it, so do the rest of the NHL front offices that are much more qualified and also are held responsible for acquiring such contracts. I'm sure Armstrong would love to dump Lehtera on Las Vegas or anybody else, but it's not that easy.
I don't quite understand your question. Are you asking why players demand more trades? I don't know that more players are asking to be traded. It's the same every year. The teams that are in the hunt will always try to find that piece that will push them over the hump to reach the playoffs or to be legitimate World Series contenders.
Showalter is a veteran manager. He has always had this passion, but you might remember that he has worn on his players in the past with the Rangers and the Yankees. The Rangers won after he left, and so did the Yankees after he was fired. That style wears on players after a while, but there's a reason he's one of the best managers in baseball.