I must double check, but I'm pretty sure the Cardinals announced that they had purchased Bader's contract. Carson Kelly was recalled from Memphis, but Bader's contract was purchased.
The Cardinals' starting rotation is stronger than the Cubs. You're right that the Cardinals' don't have an NL MVP like Bryant or a stud similar to Rizzo, but the Cardinals would appear much stronger if Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter had played up to expectations.
This was more of a case of the Cardinals rewarding a player who had earned the right to make his major league debut. Keep in mind that Bader has had an excellent season at Class AAA Memphis and likely would have been called up before Sierra if he had been on the 40-man roster in May. Sierra was on the roster already, so he got the first call.
The Cardinals have a very healthy farm system. Class AAA Memphis and Class AA Springfield are stacked, and there is still plenty of talent waiting in the wings at Class A Palm Beach. I was very impressed with the farm system in spring training, which is why I wrote a column saying that the future was bright and that the Cardinals would be serious contenders in 2018 and beyond.
Kelly answered all the questions he needed to answer at Class AAA Memphis. Fryer struggled mightily, so it made sense to bring Kelly up.
Sierra and Bader give the Cardinals plus defenders in the outfield. Sierra is still two years away from truly being more of a finished product ready to produce, but he's the Cardinals best outfield defender. Piscotty has had a difficult year while coping with one of the most difficult seasons off the field in his life. Don't rule him out. Remember, that Bader is likely going to return to Memphis after Piscotty is activated.
With all due respect, that is a ridiculous idea. Are you seriously proposing that the Cardinals pay half the salary for the guy who sparked the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years? That would not be smart.
Enjoy the moment, man. Don't try to find scars on a super model. Don't turn down a free beer. Enjoy life and embrace Paul DeJong's impressive rookie season. Moreover, I cannot predict the future and won't assume he'll bomb later.
No. The biggest question regarding the Cardinals' Lynn decision is whether they think this team has a chance to compete or whether it makes sense to start planning for 2018. If you want to win this year, you cannot afford to trade him while Adam Wainwright is on the disabled list.
Anybody who has read my chats should know that Lance Lynn can become a free agent after this season, and he'll likely test the market if the Cardinals don't sign him during the season.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, their pitching depth suffered a major blow when Alex Reyes had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in February. He might have been the perfect closer for this team with an overpowering 100-mph fastball. Sandy Alcantara's 102-mph fastball also might have been tempting as well if he had not struggled to establish his dominance this year at Springfield. Those two have overpowering fastballs that could play well in the bullpen. I don't know that Luke Weaver has similar power, and Jack Flaherty isn't that type of pitcher either.
I don't know, but he's off to a tremendous start.
There are no untouchables on the Cardinals' roster, according to a person who would know. Some players are more untouchable than others, but Lynn is arguably the Cardinals' most likely player to be on the market. It shouldn't surprise anybody if he's traded, but the Cardinals are likely to keep him now that Wainwright is on the disabled list.
What prospects list are you seeing?
If you want to make a run at the playoffs, it would not be prudent to get rid of Lynn while Wainwright is on the DL. Not to be a smart ass, but if you get rid of Lynn while Wainwright is on the DL, that is two starters out out from what has been one of the best rotations in baseball this year. You cannot be serious to think that Lyons, Siegrist and/or Bowman could slip into the rotation and duplicate what Wainwright and Lynn offer. Hell, Siegrist just came off the DL and isn't stretched out enough. You can argue that Luke Weaver can step in for Wainwright, but are you willing to go with Weaver and Jack Flaherty behind Carlos Martinez, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha? If you want to make the playoffs, you won't have much quality depth back if you trade Lynn, Wainwright has a setback and something happens to Leake, Martinez or Wacha.
I completely understand why you would feel that way, but the Cubs aren't exactly a dominant team. The Brewers are tumbling back to earth, and some would argue that the Cardinals could make a run to surpass the Cubs and the Brewers if they fix the bullpen and play the kids.
This team is maddeningly inconsistent, and I don't think there's a clear wrong or right answer. Sometimes I think they should break up this team, and then you have a night like Tuesday.
If Bill DeWitt and John Mozeliak called for my advice, I'd say they should sell high on Trevor Rosenthal, see if anybody would bite on Matt Carpenter, see if I could get a top prospect for Lance Lynn and then plan for 2018. I would play the kids. But that's under the assumption that this team isn't consistent enough to put a good run together. With all that said, I completely expect the Cardinals to keep Lynn and perhaps make a bullpen move.
I think they will make a trade to acquire a reliever for the back end of the bullpen.
You might be right. It would be a huge gamble to stay pat at the deadline, but what do you do if the Cardinals win five or six of seven on this homestand?