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Mo may have foreshadowed this move a week or two ago when he mentioned that Ravelo was someone to keep in mind for a promotion.
Bader, Brebbia, Gant, Hudson and Ponce de Leon. This is the core of the nest egg. These guys are what you build a championship team around. I’m not saying that they are or are not the most talented players on the team, but they are the building blocks to a championship team.
I totally agree Pugs. We need to start building around our younger guys who are performing instead of throwing millions at our well over 30 crowd who were the stars of yesteryear.
We have a chance to get some momentum going by continuing to take advantage of the soft portion of our schedule with this upcoming home stand. We have four against the awful Marlins, three against the pedestrian Angels, and two against the mediocre A’s. A 7-2 homestand would be nice.
We then play at the mediocre Padres, last place Mariners, and last place Giants to close out play before the all star break. We have a real opportunity here to get in a better position before we start playing tougher teams again. Let’s not blow it!
I don’t know about pitching but Johnson City has a few thunder bats in the lineup. Nunez, Torres, and Soler. Nice!
Don Denkinger is still alive I believe. He will never live that call down though. If we had instant replay in 1985 the Cards would be 12 time World Champs. Oh well.
As for Carp, I still shake my head over that extension. It made no sense then and make less now. With the exception of Matt Holliday the Cardinals have a real problem letting go of past stars. They just can’t do it. I don’t think we will ever rise again until the Carp, Yadi, Waino era is over.
This is great news. I figured they would wait until after the Florida State League All Star game to promote him, although after looking at the box score it appears that Fagalde did not get to pitch in the game.
Nevertheless this is good news for Springfield. They could use some quality pitching.
If Mr. Dewitt is willing to spike the payroll over $200M then I am with you Forsch. I will take Ozuna, Scherzer, Madbum, and Hand. We can figure out the payroll dilemma later.
History tells us he is probably not going to do that.
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Probably Johnson City although I guess GCL is a possibility too.
Everything about Carp worries me. His offense, his defense, and the $39M we owe him after this year. Yikes.
Because he is on the 40 man so it is the path of least resistance. If that is the case hopefully it is just for one day and he can go back to Memphis.June 14, 2019 at 9:55 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #94438
Well written piece from VEB.
I think we will get to add a 26th player for today. Goold speculates it will be Leone.
30th? Really? I give up.
Great post Bob. Thanks for that.
My assumption is that most prospect “guru” publications are either understaffed or lazy or both. The Cardinals have what, maybe 250 prospects? If all 30 MLB teams have the same amount that totals 7500 minor league players plus all of the independent league and international league players plus the thousands of college and high school players to keep track of. It sounds like a huge undertaking but if you are going to have a publication to specialize in this then do it right instead of half ***ing it!
It is easy to analyze and rate players like Tatis Jr. and Vlad Jr. but digging through all of the short season teams and low A teams analyzing all of those players takes a lot of time and effort. End of rant.
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I have repeatedly said that we need to upgrade our rotation. I would rather spend $20M on that instead of Ozuna unless DeWitt is all of a sudden going to say “to heck with the luxury tax” and start spending like the Cubs and Red Sox. I don’t anticipate him doing that.
June 14, 2019 at 8:51 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #94427
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After that parade ends on Saturday, you’re officially on watch.
Get it together. Payroll is high but not maxed. Make the proper moves. Adjust. Play better baseball. Score more, pitch better, and stop wasting our time.
You’re the little brother now.
— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) June 13, 2019
I would say there is a 5% chance Ozuna would accept the QO but even if he did a one year deal isn’t bad, plus you could still trade him. I just think locking him up long term will cause more harm that it will good. We need the payroll space for other aspects of the team since we already have cheaper options for LF. It seems that as soon as the Cardinals give someone a long term deal their career turns to garbage.
Fowler has a career year in 2016. We sign him and it all spirals downhill.
We give Carp an extension and he is having one of the worst seasons in his life.
We give Mikolas an extension and he is not close to the pitcher he was last year.
Goldy is a perennial MVP candidate but we give him an extension and he can’t even put up Luke Voit numbers.
We give CMart a long term deal and it looks spotty at best.
I am tired of extensions and long term contracts, especially to aging players.
I am no prospect expert but I have a hard time believing our minor league system is 25th best. I mean, considering the w-l record of our teams it could be possible but I think the rankings should be more complex than just w-l records. It should be based on the potential of individual players, of which we have several with high projections.
I posted a link the other day where Mo was quoted as saying that Ravelo is someone to keep any eye for a possible promotion to St. Louis. I think that would be outstanding. Our roster needs a shakeup. Maybe trade JMart for a LH reliever and let Ravelo take over those duties as bench bat and spot starter in the OF and maybe give Goldy the occasional day off.
As for Griffin Roberts, when he was drafted was he projected to be a starter or reliever? For some reason I was thinking he would be a reliever but I might be mistaken.
5 Reyes/ Gallegos
I don’t think that will be our lineup and rotation of the future but it would certainly look good in August and September of this year if we could get rid of some of the bloated unproductive dead weight that fills our roster now. Despite his outing two nights ago I would be very surprised to see Wacha on the team after 2019.
I hate paying players to play for someone else but that is what happens when you make mistakes. It is also limits what you can pay for players who are actually going to be on your own roster. Like I said the other day, for an organization supposedly ran on analytics they sure like to throw big money at players over 30.
And I still vote no on an Ozuna extension. We would have our hands completely tied payroll wise until 2021 or 2022.
I agree with all of you here. I think Munoz needs to play more, Edman needs to play more, and I wish we could jettison a couple of our OF’s so O’Neill and Thomas could play more. We need to get younger and more athletic.
I would also like to see Bader hit leadoff. I know his OBP isn’t great but neither is anyone else we have tried at leadoff. His speed would be nice at the top of the order. I think he hit leadoff in college at Florida.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
Vince LombardiJune 12, 2019 at 1:23 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #94266