I assume the Cardinals would have to give up an established major leaguer like Stephen Piscotty, a top prospect like a Dakota Hudson and a minor prospect.
I'm a rum and Coke or Tequila guy. I have a taste for expensive Tequila, though.
Bobby Wood's goal has to be one of the most clutch World Cup qualifying goals in this qualifying cycle.
They manage injuries all the time throughout the majors. Trust me, there are many players playing through pain on the Cardinals' roster and in the majors.
Please keep in mind that a lot of the youngsters are playing because of injuries.
Kelly would definitely be considered as a valuable part of a package, but you wouldn't say he'd be the centerpiece to a package or considered a big enough piece to get a big bat in return.
I won't speculate beyond what we already know. He has shoulder tendinitis. The injury ultimately because unbearable. Let's see how long he will be out before we declare the severity of it, but I disagree that he was selfishly hurting the club. He should be commended for grinding through it.
I would definitely try to re-sign Lynn or try to land Yu Darvish on the free agent market. If you add one of those two to the starting rotation, you might have enough depth to let Reyes regain his touch in the minors and then come up as a starter or closer. I would be hesitant to use a young pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery in relief, much less as a closer, because I would want to manage his use to keep him healthy. Reyes is a valuable young arm, and I wouldn't want to put him at risk of another injury.
I would assume that the Cardinals agree. Remember, the Cardinals weren't leaning toward calling him up until they began to realize they needed to get rid of Mike Leake. He's young and still not a completely polished starter. He and Sandy Alcantara still have more development time on the horizon.
I'm always going to go with Brazil as my favorite, but my brain tells me that Germany is the favorite until further notice. I'll pick Mexico as my longshot to win it.
It's a business, first and foremost. Many fans forget that point because ownership does a good job of selling the team as a community trust.
You are correct. The Blues' bullpen is 16-26 with a 4.00 ERA. If they had half as many bullpen losses they would lead the NL Central comfortably.
I don't think they wrote the season off. Remember that although they didn't make any additions at the trade deadline they also refused to just give Lance Lynn away.
I envision Alcantara as a future starter who establishes himself in the majors as a reliever. He's still quite raw. He won't be 22 until tomorrow, so there's plenty of growth ahead for him.
I would hope that baseball would implement a 27-man active roster after the September call-ups. The roster additions have merit for teams who are out of it and want to have a leg up on evaluating their talent for the next season.
I'm not surprised at all. The Cardinals have gotten major boosts each time young players have come up, beginning with Magneuris Sierra's first call-up.
I haven't talked to Fowler about this. He has a no-trade clause, though.
You cannot look back. If you had a chance to look back, nobody would make bad signings. Every team regrets deals.
I've been saying there's a chance for a while. It has now been verified that the folks who claimed their were no Plan B talks were lying. Shame on them for lying.
I'd offer Stephen Piscotty, Dakota Hudson and Edmundo Sosa.
Some folks think it's best to sell high on Tommy Pham under the theory that his value will never be so high. I would want to keep him and his gritty demeanor in the clubhouse.
As I pointed out, some fans think that this might be the highest value Tommy Pham would have. I would keep him in the lineup unless I could land a guy like Giancarlo Stanton. I would not trade Pham straight up for Christian Yelich or Marcell Ozuna. I'd rather keep Pham in left field, Fowler in center and land Stanton for right field or keep Grichuk or Piscotty for right field.
I was pretty consistent in May and April that they should sell high on Rosenthal. They didn't. Don't confuse when I explain why they won't make a trade versus when I say what I would do.
All you can do is watch the games on television. I hate to tell you, but the NBA and NFL aren't coming back to St. Louis anytime soon, if ever.
Yes, they make corresponding moves. For instance, Magneuris Sierra was recently called up to Class AAA Memphis from Class AA Springfield.
It would take a while to put a Sports Authority together, especially because it would be in charge of taxing bonds in the city and county. You couldn't possibly get it done in time for this year, but it would be a necessary step to help start getting the county and city to work together for the greater good of the entire region.
Manny Machado would be a perfect fit here in St. Louis, but I would be hesitant to give up many prospects for him this winter unless he agreed to a contract extension.
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