Good afternoon. I hope you all had a safe and sane Fourth of July weekend. Fire away.
I wouldn't say the reports are "official." But I have great faith and confidence in what Jon Paul Morosi reports. Josh Donaldson has been limited by injuries this year, but he's still a legit middle-of-the-order bat. Moreover, he's not a rental because he's under the Blue Jays' control through 2018. The Blue Jays gave the A's Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie and Sean Nolin for Donaldson in November 2014, but that was at a time when Toronto had more long-term control over the All-Star third baseman. I could see the Blue Jays asking for an established young major-leaguer and a top prospect in return for Donaldson. Considering supply and demand, though, his value could be a bit higher if the Boston Red Sox are also interested in landing him.
I don't think this is accurate or, to be honest, a thing. I had never heard of a "prospect asset bubble." You can never have too many prospects. Ever.
Who is the player coming back?
That's a decent idea, but I don't think you need to make new rules like that.
I don't see the Cardinals giving up so many pieces to land four players like that at the trade deadline. I could see Yelich or Donaldson , but I cannot imagine the Cardinals cutting deep into the farm system to acquire both.
The Cardinals are not going to go "all in" at the trade deadline, Bill DeWitt Jr. assured me on Friday.
I don't know what is up with Piscotty this year. He's clearly not playing up to the level he or the team expect out of him. I think he has the potential to be the best hitter on this roster, but he has had a very disappointing season. More than anybody, perhaps, he could really benefit from the All-Star break. I feel for him. I think it's important for fans to empathize a bit and try to understand that he has dealt with some scary news off the field with his mom, who was diagnosed with ALS. Too often we forget that these are humans who deal with the same issues that affect all families.
I had a great discussion with Hall of Famer Rick Hummel yesterday about Lance Lynn. Hummel notes that it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Cardinals to at least try to see if Lynn would consider a contract extension to stay in St. Louis. Lynn has showed that he has overcome Tommy John surgery, and he's likely to be even stronger next year.
I wouldn't give up on Piscotty because of this season. He hasn't lived up to his expectations this season, but I bet he'll get it together in the second half of the season. If I could play GM, though, I would be more willing to get rid of the second base depth instead of Piscotty if the Blue Jays want at least one young, established big leaguer in the package for Donaldson.
Rizzo might go shopping at a more expensive market for a closer. Rosenthal is coming off his worst week of the season, and it just so happens to have coincided with the Nationals' visit to St. Louis.
I don't know what you'd consider dramatic, but I would think the Cardinals will make a significant trade if they start to build momentum and head into the All-Star break with four consecutive series victories.
I don't think it would be wise for the Cardinals to do both. I don't envision a scenario in which they unload Rosenthal and Oh. If they unload one, they'll keep the other. I could see them trading Lynn if they struggle in the final two weeks of July. And if you're going to get rid of Carpenter, it probably doesn't make sense to add Donaldson at the trade deadline. If you're going to acquire Donaldson, it's because you think this team can make a run at the division crown. To win the division, they're likely going to need Carpenter to help carry the offensive load.
If the Cardinals got Donaldson, I would envision him at third base, Diaz or DeJong at short, Wong at second and Carpenter at first base. When healthy, Wong is proving to be a very good player. I'd rather have Wong at second and Carpenter at first to keep both of those guys in the lineup instead of Carpenter at second and Voit at first.
It all depends on what the Red Sox think of Donaldson. If the Cardinals don't have much competition for Donaldson, I could see the Blue Jays settling for an established young big leaguer and a top prospect. If the Red Sox are also in the hunt for him, it might be a bit more expensive.
I had never thought of that. With the NFL a very unlikely possibility, I wouldn't invest much taxpayer money on it. I would see the property to a non-profit and use it to house the homeless in the winter.
Perhaps the Cardinals can flip Jedd Gyorko or move him over to second and first. Gyorko has had a very good season, but keep in mind that Donaldson is a three-time All-Star who would be a much needed anchor in the middle of the lineup. Let's not pretend Donaldson would be taking over for Manny Machado or Adrian Beltre here.
I would do the trade even without an extension. I don't know what you'd consider a huge haul, but it would expect Donaldson would cost the Cardinals an established, young big leaguer and a top prospect, at least. I would do that deal even without an extension.