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  • in reply to: Will Smith trade thread #97599
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    Why not Smith and Samardzija. You’ll have to pay but this is what I’d suggest.Then you can dump some dead weight as well.

    O’Neill
    Wacha
    Arazorena
    Cabrera
    Montero

    Why would we give up all that and take on Samardzija’s bloated contract? Wacha is hardly the worst of the team’s dead weight. If we aren’t sending our own high priced problem back, then there’s no way we should send essentially 4 of our top 10 young talents to SF. Either they take Fowler or the package drops at least two of O’Neill, Arozarena, Cabrera and Montero. Even if they do take Fowler I think the Cards won’t trade Montero and I doubt they trade them 3 outfielders for a rental reliever and an old starting pitcher.

    in reply to: MLB announces pace of play changes #97540
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    Well, those are certainly some interesting rule changes. It does seem to benefit the offense.

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #97527
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    Define “far less.” IMO any major reduction in staffing would be relatively short lived. Some team would exploit the market efficiency and expand their budget and then other teams would follow. Maybe not all, but the teams that care about winning would.

    in reply to: Minor league salaries #97524
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    I could see something closer to half of what Gscottar suggested…$20K for DSL, $25K for GCL and SS A, $40K for A and A+, $50K for AA, $60K for AAA. These are typically young people right out of high school or college and the higher level guys take several years to advance that far. Just like in non sports situations, no one expects entry level employees to make huge $$, but they should make a livable wage based on their experience and the commitment they’re expected to have to team related activities. As such, wages increase with experience, talent and expectations.

    The main reason that it is not done differently right now in MiLB is “because they can.” That is what needs to change.

    in reply to: Player news #97523
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    I’ll make the prediction Mayers is outrighted, and Fernandez is added.

    While I suspect Fernandez will be in the Cards pen next year, I doubt they would just cut a potentially valuable reliever like that. At worst they could trade Mayers for something.

    in reply to: Bold Predictions for 2019 (Player Edition ) #97522
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    Looking at these…it’s a good thing we all have day jobs. Lol. My #1 and 3 were flat out bad, 2 looks iffy, 4 might turn out but it may not be the three I chose, and 5 somehow, amazingly remains to be seen.

    in reply to: Player news #97489
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    Webb and Mayers are interchangeable to me. Both are average to slightly below average, with Webb having the slight advantage of being a lefty. As the last guy in the pen, they’re fine but I doubt the team will really miss either of them.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #97471
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    Matheny was raked over the coals when the Cards failed to win in ’13 (as was Mo and anybody else that had a name associated with the FO).

    I guess I wasn’t on baseball forums in 2013 but was this the case? It seemed to me that most saw the Cards as a very good team that also had one of the top farm systems in the game, and had a bright future ahead for many years.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Tue 7/9 #97451
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    Dylan Carlson struggled a bit on the lefty side of his hitting last year but has bounced back nicely this year with an .892 OPS from the left side vs .852 from the right. That’s a good development.

    in reply to: 2019 MLB All-Star Game #97439
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    Miller would seem to be a decent bet there. If he pitches like he has the last two months, he could be a sneaky value.

    in reply to: 2019 MLB All-Star Game #97406
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    Dejong is fine as a choice. Gant has probably been better but Dejong was leading the NL shortstops in WAR until just recently.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019 #97402
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    Peralta + BRadley for Woodford + Montero + Schrock + Capel

    Drop Montero from that deal and maybe I’d go for it. Still not sure it brings us much value back.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 88 thread: Sat 7/6 at Giants #97138
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    Sandoval with the sac fly ties it at 1. Not a great start for Mikolas so far.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 88 thread: Sat 7/6 at Giants #97112
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    I like Bader and his hustle, and used correctly, I think he can be a valuable player…but he’s not trending toward being a starting CF on a championship level club unless your lineup is stellar. I agree with Brian that Arozarena is probably a 4th OF type and guys like Williams, Thomas and Garcia are probably in the same boat as backups or injury replacements. Longer term I think an OF of O’Neill-Bader-Carlson could work if the infield stays strong and Tyler can bring his strikeouts and walks more in line with his minor league numbers. If not, maybe they are going to need to sign Ozuna or another outfielder, or perhaps convert a guy like Montero, who may have the bat and the arm to fill a corner spot.

    in reply to: Cubs thread #97082
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    Isn’t this the last year for Madden’s contract? Maybe they will can him. It’s great to watch the Cubs struggle…just wish the Cards had played even .500 since April so it’d be doubly delightful.

    in reply to: Player news #97060
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    That would seem to be an odd movement for Fletcher. He’s hit well but with a high K and low BB rate, he’d seem to need more polish before moving up. Maybe there’s a particular coach or need at JC.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 87 thread: Fri 7/5 at Giants #97053
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    What an entertaining thread to wake up to. Well done bringing home the victory, folks!! Let’s hope this is the beginning of the offense waking from its slumber.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 87 thread: Fri 7/5 at Giants #96994
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    Just you here now, Pugs! I’ve been sleeping so poorly due to the recent heat that I’m nodding off already. Bring home a Cardinal victory!

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 87 thread: Fri 7/5 at Giants #96990
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    Hudson had Crawford 0-2 and lost him, followed by a single. Trying to hand the lead back to the Giants.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 87 thread: Fri 7/5 at Giants #96985
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    Now Goldy with a bomb! 3-0 Cards

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 87 thread: Fri 7/5 at Giants #96984
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    Nice start with the Jmart homer.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 86 thread: Thu 7/4 at Mariners #96934
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    Wacha’s problems are pretty well known across baseball. Who would take the bait?

    He’ll sign with the Pirates or Rays this off-season and win 15 games with a 3.20 ERA next season.

    in reply to: Minor league thread – Thu 7/4 #96927
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    Nice to see Torres back in action and playing fairly well. His plate discipline will need some work but there’s time to improve.

    I’m anxious to see how Nunez fares whenever he gets to play there at JC.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 87 thread: Fri 7/5 at Giants #96925
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    Pomeranz is bad, and Hudson has been quite good lately. Hopefully both pitch to their norms.

    in reply to: StL 2019 Game 86 thread: Thu 7/4 at Mariners #96889
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    Nice to get the win. The bullpen is looking fine still. Andrew Miller has quietly looked like his old self since his poor early start…14.3 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 since the beginning of May. Cmart seems to thrive as a closer. Gant, Brebbia, and Gallegos have been dominant at times and never really bad. If we had one more excellent lefty I’d feel great about the pen.

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