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The Cardinals weren't interested in Edwin. Despite the revisionist history around town, it was a lonely place last offseason when I kept pounding the drums for Encarnacion. Unfortunately, this is one of the few towns in America where folks literally applaud an owner's fiscal responsibility. Most fan bases and media, especially in major cities, don't care about an owner's profits.
Tovar has hit .225 at Class AAA Memphis. Paul DeJong is probably going to hold down the shortstop position for the Cardinals for a few years. The Cardinals must figure out a way to clean up their outfield depth. They are a better team when they are more athletic. It's clear to see the spark Sierra and Bader have given the team with their speed.
The Cardinals front office knows what they have on their hands, which is why they didn't throw good money after bad. They weren't willing to just give up players for the sake of making a deal. They are stuck with a bad team not worthy of reinforcements in a place where the fan base is so good you cannot disrespect them by tanking. You have to appreciate Bill DeWitt Jr. not sacrificing the future for a longshot run at the playoffs. You also have to appreciate that DeWitt knows it would be wrong to just give up on the season when more than 40,000 fans are expected at every home game.
They didn't wave the white flag. They essentially delivered a message to the players that they're going to give them a chance to prove that they can contend. They didn't make the team weaker. Now it's up to the players to prove that they deserve their spots on next year's roster. In the meantime, Mozeliak and Girsch can evaluate the entire team and coaching staff.
I expect the Cardinals to make significant moves to alter this roster and improve the culture in the clubhouse. They'll have the depth to pursue a legit middle of the order bat. They'll probably have to package a guy like Piscotty to clear up some of that depth.
I would argue that Bill DeWitt Jr. and John Mozeliak have had a strong track record of success. They've spoiled Cardinals fans into believing that teams contend annually. Anybody who was paying attention to what I wrote last winter and early spring shouldn't be surprised that this team is mediocre. But as I've said often since last March, the talent in the farm system should give fans optimism about 2018 and 2019.
We should have a pretty good indication today after commissioner Don Garber meets with the MLS owners.
I don't think the Yadi Instagram posts are a big deal. He wants to deliver his messages without having to go through middle men. Keep in mind that Yadi is a very proud guy. Could he have handled it better? Perhaps, but he lashed out. I wish I could tell you I've been above lashing out after seeing what appeared like shots on social media. He's human. As for the post on Oquendo, he's not the only one who misses Oquendo. The Cardinals miss him. Molina is a popular figure in the clubhouse, so he's fine with teammates.
The time to get a middle-of-the-order bat was the offseason, when the Cardinals punted even though it was blatantly clear that they needed another one. The Cardinals got a pass in St. Louis this winter, but that void has hurt the team, as I predicted it would all winter. You cannot blame the Cardinals for not going out of their way to overpay for a slugger at the trade deadline. As I wrote in my blog on Monday night, this team is so flawed it would not make sense to try to fix it all at the trade deadline. The prudent move is to hold tight and not throw good money after bad on a mediocre team.
You would think that they'll go after one impact bat.
I accidentally deleted a couple of questions about Yadier Molina as I was trying to select questions. If your Molina question hasn't been answered, please resend it.
Molina doesn't have an issue Kelly. With all that said, it's ridiculous to have re-signed Yadier Molina for all that money to just play him four times a week. You're either committed to playing Molina or you're not. Kelly needs to play to continue his development. Talk about a Catch-22 for the manager who wears No. 22.
This team is divided. I would break it up in the offseason. If I'm DeWitt and Mozeliak, I would sit down with Molina and Matheny to declare a truce. If you cannot find a truce, one of them must go. I don't think Matheny meant to call out the fans. To be honest, Matheny has tremendous respect for the fans. He made a statement about one segment of the fan base not realizing he would come off as ripping the entire fan base. Empathy is required when judging some of these statements. It's a long season, and nobody likes to be ripped. If you love the Cardinals, you should be more worried about the clubhouse issues. In my opinion, Molina's Instagram posts aren't nearly as bad for team camaraderie as the ones Matt Carpenter made in New York when he threw Trevor Rosenthal under the bus when he could have easily just let Rosenthal take the blame. Those types of memories are the ones that linger and create distrust and discord in the clubhouse over time.
It all depends on the defense. If the Tigers' defense is decent, the offense should be good enough to help the Tigers surprise some teams. I expect Mizzou to find a way to win six games.
Bill DeWitt Jr. is in Matheny's corner, so he should be fine beyond this year. He shouldn't worry about his job security unless the team stumbles at the start of next season again.
Adrian Beltre is a Hall of Famer. I will vote for him.
Mexico was clearly the best team on the pitch in the Gold Cup semifinal, but the best team doesn't always win in soccer. Mexico dominated Jamaica in every metric except for the only one that matters - goals scored. Don't put too much stock into Jamaica beating Mexico's B team.m
Matheny has been a winning manager throughout his career. Moreover, I think that the Cardinals' front office realizes that this roster isn't exactly very strong. You can blame Matheny for the bullpen usage only so much when Rosenthal, Cecil and Oh stumble as much as they have this season.
I assume that O'Neill will definitely get a legit shot at earning his place on the big league roster. He's only 22, and he has impressive power.
I would be shocked if the Cardinals acquired Stanton. That contract isn't one the Cardinals will be willing to take. Ozuna, however, is a more realistic option.