I consider DeJong an elite defender at shortstop although he had a couple of postseason missteps. That doesn't mean you ignore the chance to get Lindor, if you had one. Molina surely would stay then to play with his fellow Puerto Rican star. Edman probably fits the "regular" profile only as a second baseman but he does provide a service as a switch hitter who has some punch and can play five positions.
It always makes me leery when a team wants to sign a player who didn't play for a year. Puig has tools. Strong arm. Power bat. Unusual personality. I would like to know why other teams weren't interested, but I wouldn't reject him at the right price.
It's a little confusing how the 1,100 plate appearances for two seasons would be pro-rated based on the condensed season this year. But if he got anywhere near the magic two-year figure next year, that would mean he would be having a great season. What kept him out of the lineup at times this year was .180.
Waino might agree although he wouldn't say that publicly.
You would think that would have to be decided fairly soon so teams know how to build their clubs. The DH happened so fast this past season that National League teams hadn't really thought of incorporating it. Now they should have more time with which to factor it. The Cardinals' DHs didn't do very well, but that downfall wasn't confined to just one position this season.
MLB, it appears, has made its peace with him, and the networks seem to love him. Being J Lo's beau hasn't hurt him either. Pete Rose was appearing on post-games shows, too, until some off-field incidents in his past caught up with him.
Fans can be as upset as they wish to be that the Cardinals still aren't playing. And they should have beaten the Padres, who didn't have Lamet or Clevinger. The Cardinals did go through a lot this year and should be applauded for it. But their accomplishments, in the big statistical picture, were minimal.
The Cardinals would listen to offers for almost of any of their pitchers. They have few tradeable prospects at other positions, unless you're including outfielders Bader, O'Neill and Thomas. The Cardinals have options to improve either via trade or free agency but they might have to be lower-budget ones.
That appears to be a workable list although other teams might be interested in Gomber, for instance, or even Ponce de Leon. Failing Wainwright's return, one of them is in the rotation and the other could be dealt.
For some reason, I am thinking hitters who will miss the 400 at-bats more than the 120 innings the pitchers might have thrown. But both groups took a serious hit in their potential advancement.
Arenado can't be acquired until you shed a ton of payroll, at least $30 million worth, not to mention the players it might take to get him. And then you might have him for only one year as he can opt out after 2021. Carlson-Bader-Fowler is not an OK outfield unless a third baseman (not Arenado!) is obtained.
The Cubs and their fans ought to be tendering their outrage at their overpriced band of hitters. The hitting coach, even the one here, is too easy a fall guy.
This would be similar to incorporating, as amendments, the DH, the three-batter rule, seven-inning doubleheaders, etc., into this year's play.
Fair assessment, but you may find few takers for any of those four. You may be left with some of what you have for another year, like it or not.
Flaherty probably would help bring you the most if you could make a major trade. The chance to get a No. 1 type starting pitcher always raises the eyebrows of executives of another club.
Just off the top. . . Waino and Molina. But I hope all three.
Ideally, he's a corner outfielder but you could use Carlson in center. I would hit him third, fourth or fifth but probably third--ahead of Goldschmidt--giving Carlson better pitches to hit.