Las Vegas is somewhat of an entertainment destination. St. Louis is not. Unlike this year, Summer League basketball seasons usually aren't major draws. I wouldn't know what steps city leaders would need to take, but I assume they have much bigger issues to solve before worrying about attracting a Summer Basketball League.
That is a very good question. I'd want to see how Wainwright finishes the season. Despite some truly bad performances, he put together a decent first half worthy of a No. 3 starter. Martinez is the clear No. 1. Then I would say the Cardinals have a trio of No. 3-type starters in Lynn, Wainwright and Leake with Wacha proving to be a decent No. 5 heading into the All-Star break. It's important to see how Weaver and Flaherty perform and then determine if they'll need to go after a starting pitcher in free agency this year.
I don't think he'll be made available at this deadline, but he's the guy for whom the Cardinals should break the bank when he's a free agent.
I would only be guessing, but I would think the Cardinals wouldn't want to pay a heavy price in terms of prospects to absorb Stanton's contract. I would assume Stanton would cost less in terms of prospects. Donaldson, however, might require a top prospect like Weaver and perhaps a young big leaguer under the team's control. Perhaps the Cardinals could send Weaver and Grichuk for Donaldson. Ozuna might likely cost the Cardinals a pair of club's top 8 prospects.
I am having lunch with Michael Girsch tomorrow, and I'll double check then. I was at the game on Sunday as a fan with my family, so I didn't go into the clubhouse. Sorry.
I expect the Cardinals to stand pat or make a deal for a guy who can help them this year and beyond. If they tumble out of the break, though, I could see them selling off one or two pieces.
I don't see it happening, but you never know.
The Cardinals have been very diplomatic about Matt Carpenter's defensive shortcomings, and they should be praised for that. As I noted all offseason, they didn't think he could play third base anymore because of his range. He's perhaps best suited for a designated hitter's role, but those aren't available in the NL. The Adams experiment in LF was a failure, so perhaps Matheny deserves credit for not making that mistake again.
From my experience covering a team that was for sale in Houston, prospective owners like to buy lean assets. The Astros sold off pieces and began to trim payroll significantly before Jim Crane bought the team. The Marlins will do the same now that the All-Star Game has been played. If I were the Cardinals, I would only take on the gamble of Stanton's contract if the price was cheap in terms of prospects in return.
The Cardinals had a shot at Cespedes via free agency and passes, so I don't think they'd want him at the trade deadline. I wouldn't give up so many players for him.
I don't know if there is interest there.
I don't think Los Angelenos would publicly finance stadiums again. Those types of deals are not something Californians tends to accept, which is why the Chargers have left San Diego and why the Raiders are leaving Oakland.
If I were the GM and didn't think the playoffs were in the cards this year, I would definitely trade away Carpenter.
I wasn't there when he made that comment, so I don't know what he meant. Furthermore, I disagree with that assessment. The young players weren't the problem. The veterans were. Carpenter performed below expectations and made too many mistakes on the bases. Piscotty also failed to live up to expectations while also making fundamental mistakes. Dexter Fowler was plagued by injuries while playing below his high expectations. Peralta failed to show up. Wainwright got off to a rough start. Wacha is no longer a young player. Rosenthal and Oh and Siegrist aren't exactly kids. I will respectfully disagree with Matheny's assessment on that.
That issue has never come up with anybody I've spoken with.
There's a reason people mention concerns about sophomore slumps. With that said, there has to be concern with so many players regressing this season.
Neither. They'll make the playoffs and likely lose 2 games in the regular season.
We need to see how this upcoming 10-game trip unfolds. If they stumble, I expect them to sell and plan for 2018.
It might be too much to expect those additions at the trade deadline, but I wouldn't consider them unreasonable in the winter.