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November 5, 2019 at 1:02 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113733
Bradley Jr is a more realistic trade piece for STL to be focusing on in Boston.
I have MCarp, Bader and Fowler all batting 8th in my initial 2020 lineup.October 31, 2019 at 12:35 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #113351
Saw Nolan Gorman and one of Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, or Kolten Wong for Francisco Lindor being kicked around. Say it was Edman, do you move DeJong to third?October 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #112737
Maybe we can trade Gant, Ellis, and Dykstra for Jamie Garcia. 🙂
Woodford and Montero need protected. I don’t think anyone would take Schrock, and with Edman, you don’t really need him if they do.
I think it’s more probable than it would have been a couple years ago, as teams have shown that they don’t want to give up the draft pick compensation unless it’s a first tier FA. You’re not going to have everyone competing for your services, and even the ones who do are going to back the value of the draft pick out of what they will offer you. But it’s still pretty much a no-brainer to sign a guaranteed long-term contract in this sport when you can. I’d rather sign for $65M today than $17 and hope I don’t get injured or just flame out in the next 12 months, and Scott Boras isn’t even my agent.
I’d like to see the stats on how many 2 strike counts lead to a K vs how many HRs are hit with a 2 strike count. It seems to make sense to say change your approach and get on base, but somebody is telling everyone, not just Cardinal hitters, to keep trying to pull the ball in the seats no matter what the count.
Is it really more likely for MCarp to hit a HR than it is to poke the ball towards 3B/SS when the entire infield is standing in right field?October 16, 2019 at 3:09 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111947
You probably have to eat half of MCarp’s contract. Look at it this way: If he was owed $30M instead of $39M, wouldn’t you still think that’s a horrible deal for us? Conversely, paying $19M to play for someone else looks better in terms of roster construction than having him on the team next year. I know they’ll give him another 200 at bats before even thinking about removing him from the starting lineup next year, but still…they created this mess with such an unnecessary extension.
Put me in the no expectations category. If he’s healthy and can be anywhere from a solid reliever to a #2 starter, then great. If he sits on the IR all year again at least you’re not paying him $8M to do so. But he’s worth keeping unless somebody is willing to overpay for him.October 14, 2019 at 9:50 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #111538
I don’t see Fowler waiving his no-trade clause. Even shedding Waino, Wacha, and Ozuna salaries, the payroll goes up because Wong, Mikolas, MCarp (ouch) are all gonna make more than what’s lost. The only guys you can realistically trade to shed salary are Wong, CMart, and MCarp, and I don’t know why you’d trade the first two guys because then you have to replace them for roughly the same $ amount or have a worse performer step into those two positions, and I don’t think you can move MCarp unless you eat half of what he’s supposed to make the next two years (which I would still do…hello Texas?).
You can probably afford to sign a second tier rotation guy like Keuchel, or a “closer” like Will Smith if CMart goes back in the rotation (even though you need both), and then maybe they’ll trade some of their pitching and outfield depth for a legit MLB left fielder. I still think they want one more minor league year for Gorman and Carlson. I don’t see them going after any of the big names though or approaching the luxury threshold. They’re making a tidy little profit and they can point to an NL Central championship doing it “The Cardinal Way.”
That Cecil contract really was bad. They overpaid for a poor man’s Andrew Miller, and then they still had to go out and sign the real Andrew Miller 3 years later after he peaked.
Worst at bat of the postseason? Absolutely horrible.
Maybe if more people had a goofy attitude they could get a base hit like JMart.
What are your expectations for CMart?
Good job Shildt on replacing MCarp in the first inning.
Bad job Shildt on batting Flaherty and making him pitch in the 6th.
I’d rather win the series and have people cry about Yadi and Ozuna than lose because nobody on the team has a pulse and they let the other team walk all over them. If this gets in the Braves heads and they aren’t focused on game 5 then good job.
I’d add continue putting the ball into play. Only 5 K’s and nobody more than once last night. It seemed like we were bad, but I didn’t realize the Cardinals were the worst team in all of MLB in scoring runs with a man on third and less than 2 outs until they flashed that stat last night.
I think they focus on the wrong things to make the game “better.”October 2, 2019 at 10:24 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #109717
That’s a good question. I think most teams tended to carry 13 pitchers on their 25 man rosters already. We could use it for a ‘designated pinch hitter’ which is what JMart could become on this team, or other teams might use it on a guy who can’t hit but can pinch run and be a late inning defensive replacement (Billy Hamilton?).
If you have a good super utility guy like Edman, you probably still use him to keep him in the lineup and give your regulars a day off here and there. But this helps teams who don’t have that. It probably means Munoz is expendable and they can go with Sosa, but since he can have another year in the minors maybe they value giving him PT in Memphis over being a superior backup at SS.
If you have good arms with options, you probably don’t need to use it on an extra reliever and can just send guys up and down to keep your BP fresh even if you still just carry 12 pitchers, which is what we seemed to do. Even with 13 position players you still have to make a choice to keep one of O’Neill, Randy, JMart or Yairo off the roster assuming we sign a legitimate MLB left fielder. With 14 position players you can have all those guys or Sosa over Yairo to backup those middle IF positions. I’ll admit I dont know who has options left in our bullpen that this is even a possibly next year.
If Wong is back I would play Edman at third, Bader in CF and have MCarp on the bench. This team is built around pitching, defense and baserunning. MCarp might be a better pitcher than he is defensively or a baserunner, but I’d opt to keep him out of all three situations as much as possible. Good lefty bat off the bench.September 19, 2019 at 1:14 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #106870
I’m glad that they are smart enough to play Edman over MCarp during this pennant chase, but there’s no way they don’t give Carp more than enough chances to return to reasonable-enough form to be the everyday third baseman next year. Him and Fowler are holding it down for Gorman and Carlson. They will ride those two into the ground before they give up on them due to their contracts.September 19, 2019 at 10:51 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #106863
Jorge Soler is a much better DH and will only make $4M next year. Royals wouldn’t have any interest in JMart.September 18, 2019 at 11:39 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #106682
I don’t think Rendon is an option. You’re already paying MCarp $18.5M for the first two years of that contract at the same position. He would be as bad as JMart in the OF. No way they don’t play him, same as they are doing with Fowler just because of the $. They’re sitting him now, but they also sat Fowler last year at the end of the season, and he was the opening day starter. They’ll do the same thing with MCarp because of the contract.
They’re stuck at 1st, 3rd, RF and C. Wong and DeJong have trade value, but you don’t want to trade those guys. CF and RF are the only positions you can realistically upgrade on this roster for 2020.
I’d focus on the rotation. Mikolas should be the #5. Hudson the #4. You hope and pray CMart can work his way back. Flaherty is your ace. So that means you go after a #2 or #3 rotation guy.
The magic number is 13 on Friday the 13th. I don’t see how that can be bad news!
Thanks. It’s a belated migration over from the mlb.com board. I see MM3 is here. Any of the others?
MCarp’s baserunning blunders continue to haunt me.