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(07-23-2011 09:37 PM)spazmatastic Wrote: I just hope the Cardinals don't trade Colby Rasmus for James Shields.
(07-23-2011 10:24 PM)bustin 5 knots Wrote: I'd do that any day
(07-24-2011 04:10 PM)spazmatastic Wrote: NO WAY! Look how young he is and who he's learning the position from. He's out there with Holliday and Berkman learning how they've played the position for many years. He will only get better. Shields is good, but I am tired of seeing the Cards deal away good, young starters for some pitchers or bench players. I would be happy if they get Shields, but not if they give up Rasmus to get him. They really need some relief pitchers instead. If they get Shields, they will move McClellan into the bullpen. I don't think it will be good for Kyle. I may be wrong about that, but it's JMO. There are plenty of good relief pitchers on the market (or that may be on the market).
(07-25-2011 01:09 PM)beatles guy Wrote: I have to agree with BFK, I would deal Rasmus for Shields in a heartbeat. Rasmus has lost interest in playing for this team and it shows on the field. Jon Jay is more than capable of taking over.
(07-26-2011 12:18 AM)spazmatastic Wrote: I can understand your thoughts on that. BUT, how long before Jon Jay decides he doesn't want to be there b/c he feels he will be on the chopping block soon enough. The Cards have been trading away really good young players ever since they won the WS. How can a young player WANT to stay there knowing that he will be on the trading block next year or the year after? The Cards keep trading possibly great players for veterans to take their spot OR for washed-up pitchers they think they can make great again. Just look at all the movements Tony keeps making. Trading Ankiel to make room for Schumaker, who was moved to 2B to make room for Rasmus. They also traded Taguchi to make room for Holliday. Replacing Rolen with Glaus was a terrible move and was just b/c of some spats b/t Rolen & LaRussa--I understand that one, but it could have been done differently.
They have a great offense this year, even w/out Pujols performing at his normal level. They need defense and that comes down to the poor relief pitching they have. The starters have been very efficient this year, but the Cards need some pitching support on defense in the later innings. The pitchers aren't getting it done in that area. Their current team could be devastating next year when Wainwright comes back to start, but they want to win this year. I fully understand that and hope they can at least make the playoffs this year, BUT they don't need to trade away the hopes for next year just to try to win this year!
Sorry for this long rant. I will stop now!