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The bullpen has underachieved tremendously this year. Rosenthal hasn't pitched on consecutive days since May 13-14, and yet he still seems to not bounce back well. I would sell high on him before he breaks down. Oh hasn't been quite as sharp this season. Cecil appears to be turning things around.
Anything is possible now. That Berglund surgery news was a tough blow today. He's not expected back until December, but it's a good thing the Blues acquired center Brayden Schenn last week.
The Blues should at least kick the tires on Thornton.
This is a very good question. Actually, I'm Friday I will outline what I consider the trade value for every member of the Cardinals' 25-man roster. Rosenthal's value might not get much higher. You could probably get one elite prospect for him. Carpenter is not having a good season, so his value wouldn't be as high as it was at the start of the season. Lynn could get a top prospect back in return. Oh might not be the type of closer a contending team like the Nationals wants to trust against the Dodgers in the NLCS this October.
The Cubs won the last World Series. They are one of the most beloved franchises in America, regardless of sport, and they have a strong farm system. I don't think the national media is fawning over them. The Montero news was major news nationally because it's so rare for a player to publicly throw a teammate under the bus like Montero did last night. I hate to break it to you, but the Cubs are going to be a major part of the sports news cycle for a while.
I disagree with you on this one. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb would start for the Cardinals and make them automatic contenders. The Cardinals' problem has to do more with talent than age or chemistry.
With the NL Central being as bad as it is this year and the Cubs finding ways to undermine their own team, I wouldn't rule anything out with the Cardinals. A good case could be made for making some additions at the trade deadline to attempt to sneak into the playoffs. They need a middle-of-the-order bat and perhaps even a bullpen arm, though, so I don't know if it's worth trying to salvage this team.
Yadier Molina wants to finish his career with the Cardinals. Moreover, he's the perfect teacher for a young pitching staff. I'm sure he could fetch a nice return, but you cannot underestimate his importance to the pitching staff.
I don't quite understand your question. I'll need to check the CBA for your answer, and I would also need to look into when Pham was called up to see if those options include previous September call-ups. I don't know what the answer is here, though.
No, the players do not practice bunting off live batting practice sessions during the season.
Jhonny Peralta signed with the Red Sox, who have sent him to Pawtucket.
I assume that Rosenthal might fetch a player who could have an impact on the Cardinals next season.
The Cardinals haven't divulged which players they would be willing to unload. Rosenthal and Oh are names to consider because they might be able to help a contender.
As Rutherford noted in a tweet, it might make sense for the Blues to check in on Thornton.
All injuries are disappointing, some more than others.
I don't know about a dead arm, but it's not unusual for pitchers to have struggles in their second year in the majors. There is a better and more thorough scouting report out on Oh now this year, and he'll have to adjust to combat the adjustments the league has made to him.
As I wrote last week, it's time for the Cardinals to be sellers. If I were the GM, I would see what I could get for Rosenthal, Lynn and Carpenter. I would call up Weaver and insert him in Lynn's spot and then see if Flaherty can handle Wacha's spot if Wacha doesn't get it straightened out.
To overspend on a quality middle-of-the-order bat, you have to believe that the rest of the Cardinals' issues are fixed. Does this bullpen with Rosenthal and Oh make you think they can beat contending teams in the playoffs? No. Does this rotation with an inconsistent Wainwright and Wacha make you think they can carry you through a playoff series? No. The thing that gives you the most hope about the Cardinals is the weak NL Central, but even then you have to gamble that the Cubs will continue to stink and the Brewers will fall back down in the standings. I think the Brewers are legit, and I cannot imagine the Cubs will continue to be such a mediocre team.
Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks and Turner of the Dodgers are two early MVP candidates in the NL. Aaron Judge of the Yankees is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year and NL MVP.
If you could get that deal done, you'd be executive of the year. There is no way in hell the Marlins would make that deal.