Zac didn't really cost them anything just a little bit of money but it makes me wonder how valuable is he if he can't stick with a team. He is 31. Not counting St Louis he has played in the majors for 5 teams. He's the prototypical AAAA player. What he has going for him is that he is left handed. Those guys can stick around and earn a pay check when righties with the same abilities are sitting at home coaching their kids' little league teams.Couple of moves today by the Cardinals:
-Trade for Zac Rosscup from the Dodgers for cash and send him to Memphis. Cardinals are the 4th team he will have played on this season alone.
-Send Bader down to Memphis. They did recall Lane Thomas but he'll likely be just a stopgap until Ozuna returns.
Best bat on the market... Nick Castellanos... does not compute.Mo trims payroll and watches the Cubs grab the best bat on the market at the deadline. I guess there’s no real pressure to improve when you’re top 5 in attendance and making money regardless of the product you put on the field. This has to seal his fate if this team doesn’t make the postseason....right?
You could say their deadline pickups were Ozuna and Yadi.Best bat on the market... Nick Castellanos... does not compute.
Dude has a 106 wRC+ this year, and that's with a .332 BABIP. Plus, he gives any offensive value back on defense. If they're planning on rolling with a Schwarber - Heyward - Castellanos OF, they might have made their team worse overall.
The Cardinals needed a starting pitcher, but weren't willing to give up Gorman/ Carlson/ or Knizner (rightly so). The top tier guys (stroman, Greinke, Syndergaard, etc.) would have required 1 or 2 of those guys. Not many 2nd tier guys even got traded (Robbie Ray, Wheeler, Bumgarner), so everyone thought the asks were unreasonable. The only starters trading hands were ones that would not have made the Cardinals any better.
Just shrug your shoulders and take comfort in the fact that the Brewers or Cubs didn't really get any better at the deadline either, and the Cardinals are still playing pretty good ball lately.