Are you asking for midseason grades based on how they've done during the season as opposed to their offseason moves? If that's the case, I would give the front office a B because they have been proactive about trying to push and prod Matheny and the players to get it together. I would give the players a C -. They have underachieved. They haven't been complete failures, but they know they can play better. I would give the coaching a D +. Considering the sloppy play, poor fundamentals and the fact that already one coach has been reassigned, you cannot say that the coaching has even been average. I think the players deserve lots of blame, but the pitching coach and hitting coach are on the hot seat for a reason.
Theo just won a World Series last year. His farm system is tremendously deep. He's fine.
If they want to contend this year, they must do something. If they don't make an addition at the deadline, you'll know they don't believe in this team's potential.
I would think a package with Weaver and Alcantara and an established young big leaguer would be enough. I don't know if they would take Grichuk, though.
I would take Carlos Correa.
I think this team will hover around .500 all season. If they make a quality addition at the trade deadline, I think they can sneak into the postseason if Fowler can return to health and Weaver and Jake Flaherty give the pitching staff a boost.
If that happens, it might prove to be the difference in the NL Central.
A little too much, but that's the type of deal that would be necessary.
They are taught the proper fundamentals. The players don't execute at times, though.
If the Cardinals can acquire Donaldson, I could see them pushing Gyorko into a super utility role. I'm not saying he'd be Ben Zobrist of 2016 and before, but he could spell Wong some days and even short at times. It's not as though the Cardinals have a shortstop that is too good defensively to sit.
DeJong is arguably a tad better defensively at short than DeJong, but neither is going to be in the running for a Gold Glove. Diaz and DeJong and almost every other dang Cardinals infielder seems to be better suited for second base. I would assume that DeJong and Diaz project as second basemen long term.
I could see the Cardinals making a run at Price if he opts out. One of my dearest friends in the business and former co-Astros beat writer covers the Red Sox. If he doesn't get along with Evan Drellich and the rest of the Red Sox press corps, he's really going to hate me.
I'm not in charge of trades. I just answer the readers' questions.
As I stated in a previous answer to a question, I would use Gyorko as a super utility role similar to what Ben Zobrist has had. I'd move him around the diamond and play him five out of seven nights.
He has struggled with injuries, but he's still young.
Adolis Garcia is on fire since he got to Memphis. It's only been six games, but he's batting .500 with a home run and two RBIs. He cruised through Class AA Springfield. I wouldn't be surprised if we see him up here this year. Ravelo has good numbers, but I don't know much about him. Wisdom had a great spring and is having a decent season. Ravelo, Wisdom and Martini are all older minor-leaguers.
My money would be on Stanton and Miguel Sano, but somehow Aaron Judge is just going to win it because he's bound to be the story of the year in baseball. Don't bet against Cody Bellinger, though.
This is a very important stretch for Grichuk. The Cardinals need to see what he can do with consistent playing time. I think they see Martinez as a great backup who can start in a pinch, but they want to see if Grichuk can live up to his great promise.
I didn't say he was available. He's arguably been the team's Most Valuable Player, but the Cardinals would be wise to go after Josh Donaldson if they could.
Acquiring Donaldson would be a move that helps this year and next. They'll try to sneak into the playoffs this year, but I really think the Cardinals' farm system is primed to help them be contenders in 2018 and beyond.