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Cardinals Baseball Prez John Mozeliak Is in a Bind. Can He Find a Way Out?

John Mozeliak appears to be in a bind.

I’m not saying he can’t work his way through this and find a deal to secure the impact bat he’s been searching for. The Cardinals’ president of baseball operations went to MLB’s annual winter meetings with an aggressive attitude. He was ready to get down to business. And to use his word, the Cardinals still hope to come up with that “elite” bat.

But when chatting with the media Monday, Mozeliak began to alter the message.

New terminology was mixed in.

“Incremental” … as in making incremental roster improvements.

“Upgrades” … which likely would make the team better for 2018 … but an upgrade or two won’t redefine or recast the the Cardinals’ brand. An incremental upgrade or two won’t transform the Cardinals from an 83-win team, to a hellbent World Series contender.

Is Mozeliak doing some advance spin?

Is he speaking in easy-to-decipher code, to warn the townsfolk that the Cards may have to settle for upgrades  instead of aiming much higher for the  upscale   talent?

Well, I dunno.  Moz isn’t out of time. He can still make that crackerjack move for a BIG BAT instead of reaching for the Crackerjack box to see if he can find an “incremental”  roster piece at the bottom.

No one would be surprised if the Cardinals make a deal for Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna.

Based on the latest media reports, I would be surprised if the Cardinals don’t come away with Ozuna.

But if the trade talks break down, and Ozuna is dealt elsewhere … then what?

The Cardinals are in a bind.

1. At least to this point, the Cardinals have made it very clear that they prefer to add impact talent through trades, rather than take a costly dive into the deep end of the free-agent pool. Of course, their philosophy could shift, based on, among other things, supply and demand and desperation. But if they plan to stay out of the expensive section of free agency, they’re eliminating a way to get better;  putting a limit on their options; and reducing the supply of talent that’s readily available to them. But if the Cardinals won’t make a large splash in free agency …. forget about J.D. Martinez, or Eric Hosmer.

2. As I warned in a piece written Sunday, when you enter a busy and crowded trade market, the competition is intense. There are multiple teams, and perhaps many teams, that have an interest in acquiring the same substantial hitter, the same arm for the starting rotation, or the same fastball-shooting cannon for the bullpen. When the supply is on the short side, the demand rises, and the price of making a trade goes up. And instead of making a relatively simple trade for Ozuna … the negotiations aren’t exclusive. The conversation isn’t between you and the Marlins. There are a bunch of teams angling for position, making better offers, making it more difficult for you to win the prize. If Ozuna is their choice, the Cardinals will have to zero in and close the deal.

Under the leadership of Bill DeWitt Jr. and Mozeliak, the Cardinals aren’t known for doing whatever it takes … they aren’t known for giving the other team anything it wants to close a deal. And while it may be true that Cards management is in a more aggressive state of mind these days, let’s not be stupid here. Even in the aggressive mode, the Cardinals are a helluva lot more disciplined and pragmatic than being wild, crazy, big-time gamblers that ignore risks. The Cardinals tend to lose out on deals to competitors who ARE wild, crazy and reckless.

3. The Cardinals have said, many times, that they have a surplus of outfielders… whether it be veteran outfielders, young major-league outfielders, or outfield prospects. But here’s the thing about this offseason trade market: it seems that a LOT of teams have more outfielders than they know what to do with.  This is a great time to be looking for an outfielder, because there are plenty to choose from among free agents and potential trading partners. And when the supply greatly exceeds the demand, it lessens the trade value of the Cards’ outfielders.

4. The Cardinals do have some promising outfield and infield prospects, are any considered  elite? If we go by the MLB Pipeline at MLB.com the answer is no … or at least “evidently not.”  Among the Top 100 Prospects, the Cardinals highest-rated position players are catcher Carson Kelly (No. 32), outfielder Tyler O’Neill (No. 87), and outfielder Harrison Bader (No. 90.) The Cardinals already have made Kelly their backup catcher to Yadier Molina and have shown no enthusiasm for making Kelly available via trade. My point is, if the Cards aren’t willing to trade Kelly — likely their most coveted position-player prospect — then that puts them at a disadvantage. Because other teams have superior outfield prospects to offer in a trade. And superior infield prospects as well. Again, the Cardinals certainly have outfield-infield prospects that other teams want  — but enough for those teams to part with an established BIG BAT in a trade?

5. The Cardinals are in good shape with young pitching, and that figures to be their best way to stimulate meaningful trade activity. The Top 100 prospects has two Cardinals, Alex Reyes (No. 15) and Jack Flaherty (No. 48.) But in compiling the list of STL’s top 30 prospects, MLB loaded it up with pitchers: Reyes, Flaherty, Sandy Alcantara, Dakota Hudson, Junior Fernandez, Zac Gallen, Jordan Hicks, Jake Woodford, Austin Gomber, Alvaro Seijas, Connor Jones, Johan Oviedo, Ryan Helsley, But with so many organizations having the fever over acquiring young power hitters, I’m not sure that young pitching has as much trade value as it used to … before baseball GMs shifted the focus to drafting and developing or trading for home-run hitters. There are more power-pitching prospects than power-hitting prospects. But yes, if a potential trade partner has enthusiasm for the young STL arms, a deal is much more likely. I said the Cardinals were in a bind. I didn’t say it was hopeless.

6. How many prospect gems are the Cardinals willing to give up? Mixed signals. I wouldn’t expect Mozeliak to come out and say that they’ll trade the best prospects to any team at any time in exchange for the BIG BAT … but again, the Cardinals aren’t naughty by nature. They are conservative by nature.  “Clearly we have a lot of young talent,” Mozeliak told reporters in Orlando.  “We’re just trying to navigate how to think of where do we want to give (it) up? What are we willing to trade? For us, some of this is, yes, we have some pieces. But we are also in this for the long haul.” Yep. Mixed signals. Just to use one power bat as an example: would Mozeliak agree to trade for Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu if it means agreeing to the Chicago’s reportedly excessive demands? Probably not. 

Now, let’s get onto the FUN stuff….

Let’s get silly…

WARNING: I am about to go into my smart-ass mode here:

7. Manny Machado!  GO GET HIM,  MO!  DO IT NOW…. RIGHT NOW, WE SAY!   Twitter was ablaze Tuesday afternoon, with multiple media entities reporting that the Baltimore Orioles are willing to trade their excellent third baseman, Machado, for the right deal. And to top it off,  Machado supposedly wants to play at his natural position, shortstop. This outbreak of Machado madness had Cardinals fans staggering toward the fainting couch; the excitement was overwhelming. One little issue: Machado can become a free agent after the 2018 season. He will command a record-setting contract — or close to it — on the open free-agent market. We are talking $400 million or higher. Do you really believe that Machado would give up free agency to sign ahead of time with the Cardinals? Really? Do you think Bill DeWitt is going to host the spirit of George Steinbrenner and give Machado a half-billion dollars or something?

8. In case you missed it … Giancarlo Stanton rejected the Cardinals because he wanted to play for a team that’s ready to win a damn World Series right now. The Cardinals are no longer a destination franchise. This isn’t 2002 and Scott Rolen. Do you really believe that DeWitt is going to outbid the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox any other big shooter to make an offer that Machado couldn’t turn down? Do you think that this Miami native is dreaming of the calm life in the Midwest? If your answer to these questions is YES … then please … for your own health … splash some cold water on your face, find a quiet place, and sit for a spell. Cool off. I say this because I care.

Oh, yeah … and it would be absolutely loony for the Cardinals to give up the farm for one season of Machado

9. Josh Donaldson! GO GET HIM,  MO!  DO IT NOW! It is also believed that the Toronto Blue Jays are reconsidering their plan to hold onto Donaldson, their third baseman. OK, maybe Donaldson would be a more likely and sensible target. This isn’t to say that he would be cheap to acquire, or cheap to sign. But as a free agent after the ’18 season, Donaldson won’t be be as expensive as Machado, or Bryce Harper. But he will still be expensive. The contract will be huge. Are the Cardinals willing to go all out to meet Donaldson’s contract demands? Does he have any interest whatsoever in signing early and relinquishing his first crack at free agency? Doubtful. We don’t know for sure … but doubtful.

10. So to review this situation if I may: the Cardinals do not want to shop in the most expensive departments of free agency … they would like to make a trade, but they have encountered busy competition from teams that want to acquire the same players … the Cardinals have a small nation of outfielders they are willing to trade — but many teams have plenty of outfielders to trade  … and the Cardinals’ top outfield prospects aren’t as elite as the outfield prospects that other teams can offer … the Cardinals have attractive pitching prospects, but are teams more interested in trading for young power bats instead of power arms? Not sure. But maybe … the Cardinals say they are in an ambitious mood to make deals, but Mozeliak also added that his team is “in this for the long haul” which implies they won’t go nuts and give up too many of their best and brightest prospects … there’s a chance of trading for a one-and-done star, like Machado or Donaldson. But what is the price for making such a trade, are Machado and Donaldson willing to sign here and stay here and forego free agency, and is Bill DeWitt going to outbid the the big-spending, large-market teams to keep a one-and-done player in St. Louis? DeWitt is going to take on the Dodgers’ hedge-fund billionaires to score major man-card points? Don’t think so.

The Cardinals are in a bind.

I am here to help.

Mozeliak could pull some razzle dazzle and trade for Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria. Never mind that he’s 32 … never mind that his performance declined in 2016 …. never mind that he’s a prime candidate to enter a steep decline phase … never mind that he is owed a guaranteed $86 million that takes him through his age 36 season (2022) with a team option of $13 million for 2023 … and never mind the side-by-side comparison of Longoria and Jedd Gyorko over the last two seasons.

If Mozeliak can get the Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome — and it’s fantasy-baseball time! — starting pitcher Chris Archer in a monster deal that would only be made if the Cardinals are also willing to take Longoria’s contract off the Rays’ payroll … well, what the hell.

My friends at Team Post-Dispatch already are purchasing the party hats and organizing the “Welcome  to St. Louis Mister Longoria Parade!” on Market Street.

Cardinals fans (and the medias) LOVE Longoria … they absolutely LUFF him …  Longoria could be 41 years old and slugging .297 and have less home-run power than Ray Oyler (Google him, kids) and the BFIB would be delirious with joy just to have Evan in a Cardinal uniform. Because they LUFFFFFF him. So moving Archer out of the equation … even if Mo takes on the Longoria contract as part of a deal for Colome, who is being sought be several other teams …  it doesn’t matter. Mozeliak will be a hero. If he acquires Longoria, Mozeliak’s popularity will soar to unprecedented levels. We LUFFFFFFFFFF  Longoria. Best Christmas present ever!

Thanks for reading …

–Bernie

  • CatfishRivers

    IMO the Cardinals really haven’t done much to upgrade their pitching either. So if they can’t land a “big bat” who will bat cleanup? Gyorko? Puscotty? Grichuk? Maybe even Fowler?

    • JohnS

      Likely DeJong and/or Pham. Gyrko hit cleanup quite awhile last year before getting hurt….and did a pretty fair job then!

  • David

    I have noticed that the Cardinals aren’t able to reel in the big fish any longer but it’s more a result of the biggest free agents not being from the middle of the country. Rolen was raised in Indiana. Matt Holliday was raised in Oklahoma. Albert was actually in KC for part of his youth. The only free agent that resigned with STL from a coast was Jim Edmonds. And he met his future wife here and stayed as I understand it. I suggest the Cardinals narrow their focus to free agents who have been exposed to the midwest.

    • JohnS

      Oh heck, while we are at it why don’t we limit potential free agents to a fifty mile radius around Busch Stadium?? Sounds like a very smart plan…..

      • LawrenceKScardsfan

        And the Cards passed on homeboy Matt Scherzer.

  • TH

    I wonder if it’s possible to compose a complete team out of players that some of my fellow Cardinals fans have become obsessed with over the years. Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, and Carlos Gonzalez are the most recent that come to mind but I’m sure there’s quite a few more. Actually…pretty much any position player who played half of their games at Coors Field seems to apply here.

  • JohnS

    I’m not getting where Bernie says we Cards’ fans LUFF Longo….seems most of us realize that train left the station years ago. I do agree we might hold our noses and accept him if that is the price for obtaining both Archer and Columbe….but LUFF Longo….nah, you gotta be kidding me….

  • Aaron

    New year, same old crap. Cards rhetoric starts out tough and then weakens to the actual reality which will be procuring mediocre players and not taking any chances.

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    • Andrew William Fleming

      Admit you were wrong when we end up with Ozuna and more. Also, did you forget about us signing Fowler last offseason?

      • Aaron

        Fowler is not elite and an All Star ONE time in 10 years. If Cards end up with Ozuna, another elite bat and an elite closer then I will happily admit I’m wrong.

        • Andrew William Fleming

          Im not saying Fowler is a star, im responding to your comment on mediocre players and not taking chances. Fowler is a good offensive player, and was pretty highly sought after last off-season. We took a chance and were aggressive giving him an extra year to get the deal done.

        • Andrew William Fleming

          Welp Ozuna is a Cardinal pending physical

          • And you’re still Andy pending the operation.

      • Based on not being one of the 10 other ml teams to make the playoffs-yES!

  • ken

    too bad i couldn’t figure out a way to copyright the term “impact bat” a year or more ago. i’d have truckloads of money now.

    maybe i’ll copyright the term “impact butt” instead and ask jennifer love hewitt to be its spokesmodel.

  • LawrenceKScardsfan

    I like the idea of bolstering the pitching and the relieving. If we can’t get an impact bat, then I like the idea of trading with the Rays for Colome and Archer. But I don’t like bringing Longoria along for the ride.

    Here’s another wild hair proposal… what if we went after Mike Trout? The Angels need pitching – low cost quality pitching. And from Bernie’s statement above, the Cards have a surplus of arms. Get Trout and add Colome and Archer. Now we’re talking about a serious upgrade. Is Trout off limits – completely off limits????? The Cards could certainly supply a couple of OFers as well as a couple of pitchers.

  • Matt Roberson

    The end of this column was about as hokey and dumb as I’ve ever read from Master Bernie. What happened? By the way, because my favorite team has turned into a train-wreck, I’ll be going to Fenway Park next summer spending my money on a REAL professional baseball team. I can go see minor league yayhoos in Memphis anytime. Nice bow-tie Mo. If Mo only knew what his players really think of him.

    • Andrew William Fleming

      Good riddance. Youre an absolute clown my friend. Train wreck? Lolol

      • Matt Roberson

        Have fun watching 81-81 baseball. If more people like me demanded better, the Cardinals wouldn’t take advantage of their fans. But you keep drinking the Kool-Aid and support the team! See where that gets you.

        • Andrew William Fleming

          What do you demand? After a historic 15 year run of success, we have two years where we narrowly miss the playoffs, and youre done with them. Lolol disgusting.

          • Matt Roberson

            Disgusting? I demand the organization I have followed for 50 years make an annual attempt to actually reach the playoffs and World Series. I’ve not seen that since 2013. It’s been a slow, steady decline under Mozeliak. I’m not a fanboy who wears rose colored glasses. I see problems with this organization and within the team. It’s fairly clear that DeWitt is finally seeing it too. We’ll see how committed they really are to competing with the Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Astros. They’ve got a lot of work to do. Ozuna is a nice player but he’s not the answer that solves everything. Whoever said I was done with them? I’m just not wasting my money on them this year like I have in the past. I’ll go watch real professionals play real professional baseball. At least I’m getting what I pay for elsewhere. What you don’t get is I’m making a point to ownership with my money. If they want my money, they’ll find a way to bring me back to the stadium, and that’s by putting a real product on the field. I’ve seen 6 or 7 of the Cardinals’ everyday hitters in Memphis at Triple-A. I can pay $6 to go watch minor league ball. Why in the world should I pay $150 a ticket to watch minor leaguers pretend to be major leaguers?

          • Andrew William Fleming

            Yes, disgusting.

          • Matt Roberson

            Oh to be a fanboy again. Sorry, I’m a realist. You’re just a fanboy.

          • Andrew William Fleming

            lol nothing worse than the use of terms such as fanboy or snowflake. Im an optimist(horrible, i know), but am also a sharp baseball mind and most definitely a realist. How can you call yourself a realist when you apparently expect World Series appearances annually? By the way, our front office and ownership are in the process of making you look dumb.

          • Matt Roberson

            Listen fanboy, I don’t sit in the nosebleeds like you. I pay more money than you earn in a week to watch a game. I’ll spend that money the way I want and I won’t spend it on second-rate entertainment, which is what Cardinals baseball has been the last three years. Who said I expect to win a World Series annually? You did. I said I expect to compete for the postseason and the World Series. Big difference. This organization hasn’t lifted a finger until yesterday to show they were interested in appeasing their fanbase. If you’re such a sharp baseball mind, then why are you trying to put words in my mouth? Go back and read what I said, and learn a few things. Again, when the Cardinals decide it’s time to put a competitive team on the field as they have in other years, I’ll be back. Until then, my money goes elsewhere. That’s the message myself and other fans are sending. And, by the looks of it, DeWitt is listening.

          • While theyve already made you look dumb. 3 world titles in half a century, genius. Maybe you can explain exactly where that translates to an “annual expectation” of a world championship? You make it very easy to point out your lack of intellect. Keep flapping that big silly mouth.

          • I never once said “I’m done with them”, that’s your foolish choice of words. Quit with your contrived lies. Either that or you hear imaginary voices, that cause you to come up with these fantasies.

        • Matt, I agree 100 percent. But what we “demand” has never meant diddly squat to DeWitt. And as long as he continues to draw the 3.4 mil, him spending significantly more will NOT benefit him all that much. It’s hard to significantly improve attendance numbers above & beyond the 3.4 mil.

          This org has taken advantage of this fan base for so long, while allowing the team to sink to mediocrity, they now have a genuine problem. It’s the same as allowing an old house to become in disrepair, then expecting to quickly fix the problems in a short time.

          I firmly believe DeWitt is now worried. His pursuit and willingness to spend for Stanton proved that. And the irony is real. Now that fkn Dewitt has finally decided to get off of his rear, truly great players such as Stanton want no part of this org. That was not the case only 2 yrs ago.

          And understand, this situation is 100 percent DeWitts fault. Mozeliak & Matheny serve at the pleasure of DeWitt—AND NO ONE ELSE.

          • Andrew William Fleming

            Taken advantage of us? How, by being arguably the most successful franchise in the sport the last 15 years? The last two years were frustrating, and we have to make moves to improve(we are), but to go off the deep end after two above .500 seasons is plain ridiculous. So, so spoiled.

          • Dolts like you live in a fantasy world. We’ve won 3 world championships in the last 50 yrs, that’s half a century in case you don’t know. DeWitt has given us 2 of those, but NONE with this mgr. This season marks take 7 for Matheny as a mgr, take 20 in terms of Matheny’s combined career as a player —still with zero titles. The Giants won an equal number in 5 yrs from 2010 to 2014.

            Matheny most definitely will never be confused for World Series winning mgrs Herzog or La Russia.

            3 mgrs that guided their clubs to the playoffs this yr, have been fired. You sit here defending a mgr whose club has flopped at the end of 3 consecutive seasons. Instead of firing this mgr, incredibly & foolishly he was given a 3 yr extension. Our GM & owner know as well as anyone Matheny needed help at the last 3 deadlines, yet they did close to ZERO for him.

            Keep talking about how “exceptional” this org is. Here’s a good question for a naive genius like you: Name even one other professional sports team in the world, who currently has one of their own top tiered brass, serving a 4 yr federal prison term? If that’s not the shining definition of dysfunctional, you tell me what is?

            You need to travel back to reality, your vacation time in never never land is over.

          • Andrew William Fleming

            I didnt realize success was measured in world titles alone. In my fantasy world playoff appearances, division titles, division series victories, pennants, and impressive regular season win totals along with the two world titles matter. Yet you bring up things like the last 50 years, our managers competency, and an ex employee when responding to my claim about the last 15 years. I didnt say anything about our organization except weve been incredibly successful the last 15 years. And to turn on the team after two years in which we contended is laughable.

          • What do you suggest we measure success by, hotdogs sold? Cop out and lame retort.

            You act as if this team should be treated with the respect of ones wife or mother. If you categorize just criticism as “turning on them”, that is my idea of “laughable”.

            Did it ever occur to a thick skull like yours, people discuss things they truly care about? Otherwise, they wouldn’t waste their time.

            Offering just criticism is not analogous to burning the American flag like you seem to be implying. We’re hoping folks who point out the problems, will motivate them to improve—just as with the moments ago breaking story of the trade for Ozuna. The problem is, they’ve allowed this thing to deteriorate to a low enough level to be truly concerned. And unless they straighten things out in short order, Ozuna is a free agent and can bolt at the end of ‘19. Ozuna unlike Stanton had no control over whether or not he wanted to come.

          • Andrew William Fleming

            We trade for Ozuna, and you say he can leave in two years and he had no choice in the matter lolol. Youre obviously a negative, miserable human being. And once again, i simply keep stating that weve been extremely successful the last 15 years. Thats a fact my friend. And as far as “turning on”, we are posting under a comment of a person saying he’ll spend hix money with real organizations. Hence my response. Btw, we arent done making moves by a long shot, and when we have a very productive offseason your whole Dewitt spiel will look dumber than ever.

          • First of all, we’re not “friends”. And you’re a miserable dolt who specializes in living in the past. while thoroughly ignoring the present. And I’ve already stated that the acquisition of Ozuna is a definite positive.

            The point I made was valid. Simpleton’s like you struggle to assimilate the difference between Stanton having a choice whether or not to come to the Cardinals, while Ozuna had no choice. He will however have a choice come free agency time. Just how good a job this org does making themselves relevant again, will determine whether you retain players who care about winning.

            Stanton cared about winning, that’s why he chose to pass on the Cardinals. That’s precisely the type of player you want, not one only interested in salary. Sorry we can’t draw pictures for geniuses like you who struggle to keep up.

          • Andrew William Fleming

            “Detiorat

          • You speak of this org as if they’re similar to the Celtics, Canadiens, or Patriots dynasty.

            Loyal robots like like you are programmed to show up unconsciously yr in yr out, Thats precisely why DeWitt has gotten away with supplying this roster with bargain basement wholesale talent.

            And then on the rare occasion DeWitt was willing to allocate some of his precious millions, Modumbiak has done a splendid job of wasting that money with brilliant investments such as Mike Leake, Jonathan Broxton, Jordan Walden, Johnny Peralta, Brett Cecil, Brayan Pena, Ruben Tejada &
            others.

        • Andrew William Fleming

          Is a 37 home run hitting, .310 batting average.925 ops having gold glover good enough for yall?

          • Matt Roberson

            Ozuna is a good start. But they’ve got a lot of work to do. Our 2006 World Series lineup featured Rolen, Edmonds, and Pujols. We’ve got one real hitter now, Ozuna, who fits that mold. We need more. Look at the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and Astros. They all have 3-4 hitters that are far superior to ours. We cannot win against them with the current lineup.

  • Jacob Lewis

    What the heck was with Longoria luff stuff??? I’ve never heard fans clamoring for him.

    • M W

      Bernie loves to take what two people tweeted him and then write about it as if they entire fan base feels the same way. It’s lazy.

      • My favorite is how we all hate Carp because of his low batting average.

  • BradW

    Bernie, this article was borderline stupid. One of your most disappointing reads.

    • Chris Pruett

      Agree

  • Andrew William Fleming

    Mo is aggressively pursuing Ozuna, Donaldson, Machado, Wade Davis, possibly Archer and Colome, made a deal for Stanton, and we have a bunch of whiny fans crying over what? Word choice? Unreal.

    • M W

      Let me know when Mo is successful in any of his pursuits.

      • Andrew William Fleming

        When

  • M W

    Bernie loves his straw man arguments. Apparently all Cards fans are in love with Longoria. But if you actually pay attention to social media, the majority of fans don’t want him.

    • True that. This is the first I’ve heard of Cardinals fans’ clamoring for Longoria. Fake news?

      • silencedogoodreturns

        there’re several over at the PD clamoring for him…

    • Its easy to figure out. They get paid to write stories. When you don’t have a real one, you just make one up—See C.N.N.

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    • Robert

      While I agree with you, we have to be careful not to make decisions based on social media. It (especially Twitter) is not representative of the general public.

      I am another fan who didn’t know that I was in love with Longoria. Too many journalists take the lazy way out and assume they can write an article based on Twitter (and it’s not limited to the sports media).

  • Sandy Kaup

    We need to get all 3 Longoria/Archer and Colome….or its not worth it….and Tampa is not as high on them as we think they are…go make that trade now and include Kelly…( he’s not going to play while we have Yadi….but keep Reyes and alcantara for bullpen…..mix and match yoru lineup with all of your “upgrade” and pieces ala Whitey Herzog….but you need a new fwd thinking Matheny with a new bench coach to help him like HErzog

  • silencedogoodreturns

    so Ozuna is an impact bat, and not an incremental upgrade…based on last year, yes. Let’s hope last year was a sign of the future, and not a career year.