I bet you the Phillies can get a team to overpay for Neshek even though he has never been a closer. If the Phillies would take Tui and an A-level prospect for Neshek, I would do it too. But I think the Phillies are going to draw a bigger return for Neshek from another contender. If Mozeliak and Girsch could get Ozuna and Yelich while only giving up Weaver, Grichuk and Gonzales/Lyons they would do it. I don't think the Marlins would settle for such an offer, though.
I don't think your question recognizes just how difficult it is to win and compete in the majors. The Class AAA Memphis roster would finish last in the NL Central.
Diaz is one of my favorite men to cover in St. Louis. I think he's one of the most accountable, accessible players I've covered here. I wouldn't have demoted him. The move surprised me, but it shouldn't have. With all that said, I bet he'd be the first to tell you better defense should be expected from a shortstop.
I would assume Alex Mejia is probably the first option to go down once Wong is ready.
The Cardinals have been extremely bad in terms of fundamentals, defense and base running. Their issues are much worse than most teams in those areas. But I will say that I've noted some improvement lately, and it's not for a lack of extra work.
I don't think that's the case. Going all in would call for them to also acquire a top starter and another bullpen arm.
I can see it both ways, and sadly I've been a tad of a pinwheel on this question over the last month. Earlier today, I said they shouldn't trade both. Last week I said they should get rid of both. I can see both sides. But if you don't think you can compete this year, I wouldn't mind selling as high as possible on both. I've been pretty adamant about selling high on Rosenthal this year.
I really took advantage of my Fourth of July holiday to spend the time with my family, so I haven't had enough time to read up on Hernandez's lawsuit. I don't know enough to give an opinion on that front now.
I would assume that one or the other might need to be included in such a trade.
I didn't see it and don't know what they would do in such a case.
I would assume he's done.
Considering the Cardinals' history, I wouldn't rule it out. Wainwright, Martinez, Reyes are just a few examples of top pitching prospects who began their careers in the bullpen. He's probably a month or two from forcing himself into that discussion, though. He's had some struggles lately adjusting to Class AAA.
I don't know when they'll do it. I will tell you it would probably be before Aug. 1.
I wouldn't say that. If Rosenthal and Oh can get back on track, they don't need Neshek. Moreover, they probably can find a more dominant guy in the farm system. I'd rather give those innings to Weaver or Flaherty.
I think that could get it done, but I don't know that I would do that if I'm the Cardinals. That would be a steep price to pay.
First of all, I don't think everybody is rushing to get rid of Wong. But he has some value and the Cardinals have 3,411 second basemen on the 25-man roster right now.
If the Cardinals trade one or both of the closers, they're signaling that they are giving up assets now to be ready for 2018. You're not going to trade Rosenthal and Oh and then give up prospects for Neshek. That would make no sense.