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Jose Martinez has made some important contributions to this team this year. He's still under the Cardinals' control for several more years, so he'll still remain on the 40-man roster. Martinez has done enough in the majors to guarantee that he'll get plenty of opportunities even if he's sent back down to Memphis later in the year.
Adam Wainwright's injury has thinned the Cardinals' starting rotation depth, so it would be a tough blow to unload Lance Lynn with the Cardinals within striking distance in the NL Central. I would not be surprised if the Cardinals keep Lynn.
The Cardinals are within four games of the NL Central-leading Brewers with 62 games to play. You also have to consider that Adam Wainwright just landed on the disabled list, thinning the Cardinals' depth in the starting rotation. The starting rotation is the biggest reason to be optimistic about the Cardinals' chances, and it won't make sense to trade Lynn and Wacha.
DeJong has been solid defensively. It's too early to know what his ceiling will be in the majors. I don't know if he's going to be a Gold Glove shortstop, but he is better than Aledmys Diaz. At this point, he's the Cardinals' shortstop of the present and future.
I don't know that I agree with your premise. Mike Matheny handles his visit in private, so nobody outside the Cardinals' clubhouse knows how he handles discipline behind closed doors. He won't throw his players under the bus. He's a proud man who is willing to take some hits for his players, but I do think he holds them accountable.
As we noted in spring training, the Cardinals' future is bright at center field. It's a testament to Sierra's talent, Tommy Pham's talent and Harrison Bader's talent that the Cardinals haven't seemed a drop in play when they have been in the lineup.
Diaz's path back is now blocked quite a bit. He's probably not going to return unless there's an injury in short or second base. He needs to get his swing back. He's probably better suited for second base than short, though.
I actually agree that it might make more sense to play the youngsters and see if they can fix the back end of the bullpen. The rotation is strong. The bullpen has been an issue all year.
GM Michael Girsch noted yesterday that Bader had earned a call up and deserved an opportunity to show what he can do in the majors. You have to promote the kids who deserve to play so that you can remind everybody in the minors that they have a chance even if they're not on the 40-man roster.
At this point, I would argue that the Cardinals are better off unloading some outfield depth to see what their young outfielders can do.
It would be difficult to earn a promotion with a .250 batting average at Memphis.
You'd be surprised to know that most fan bases feel the same way about their general managers and presidents of baseball operations.
The Cardinals would likely be in first place if they had secured a feared middle-of-the-order bat. I realize fans get on Matheny for the bullpen, but it's not his fault that Rosenthal, Oh and Cecil have failed to secure the closer's role. Everybody deserves blames for the fundamental issues, especially because most of the mistakes are sophomoric ones that wouldn't be acceptable in Class AA or Class AAA.
I don't know much about Seferina, but he has impressive slashline over his first 16 games at Springfield, where he's hitting .413/.479/.571/1.050.
Tommy Pham has arguably been the Cardinals' best outfielder this year. Why would you move him? I could see the Cardinals selling high on Rosenthal if they can, but that's not guarantee that they'll get the value they see in him back in return. I could see the Cardinals move some pieces and add some others at the trade deadline, but I expect Pham to remain in St. Louis.
The Cardinals rewarded his high winning percentage. Last year was the first season he missed the playoffs, and he led the Cardinals to 100 wins in 2015. I realize fans care only about results, but the front office and ownership also recognize that some of the team's issues have been out of Matheny's control. It's not his fault that Rosenthal and Oh have failed to secure the closer's role. You can't blame him for Brett Cecil's slow start.
Thanks. The Cardinals' most prudent move would be to give up a little depth to acquire a strong reliever now and then wait until the offseason to upgrade the team. It would be wise to see what the young players can do and then make a serious run at upgrades this winter.
Paul DeJong appears to be the real deal.