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    Goldschmidt traded

    Paul Goldschmidt heads to St. Louis for three players and a draft pick. Have the cardinals passed the Cubs and Brewers in the central?
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    That's a big pickup for the CARDS

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    Nope. Go Brewers!
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    Nice pickup......Joe Mauer could be leaving the Twins. Best regards, David
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    #5
    Quote Originally Posted by David K. View Post
    Nice pickup......Joe Mauer could be leaving the Twins. Best regards, David
    Mauer officially retired, so ...

    I don't know that the Cards have passed the Brewers and Cubs, but I think it makes it a REALLY tight division. Cubbies have (potentially) the offense to keep them in the discussion, and if their pitching staff can remember how to pitch, I'd give them the edge.

    Brewers were a more complete team, and I give them all the credit for their run in 2018. Yelich had a monster year, and I think he's the key. If he can repeat his 2018 performance in 2019, and if Hader continues to be a lights-out closer, they can be dangerous. But I think it hinges on those two players.

    I feel like the Cards are always competitive. But I think they need pitching more than offense. Having Goldschmidt in their order certainly gives them a scary looking line-up, but they gave up Luke Weaver and Carson Kelly, who I thought had decent potential. This also leaves Molina as, currently, their only catcher at 36 years old.

    The Cards still have Wainwright, but he's 37. They've got a couple other "names" on their pitching roster -- Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty -- who show potential, but haven't been GREAT yet. And they've got Mikolas who could be their next ACE, or another Bud Smith. I just dunno. Should be good baseball, tho.
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    I agree that the Cardinals are always competitive. They kind of remind me a little of the Steelers. It seems they have been good my entire life. But it also seems like they can always just pick up these type of players. From getting McGwire and then Edmunds and then Matt Holiday it seems like they are almost always the team that gets these guys. Even going back to Jack Clark in the early 80's. I guess there is really something to say about franchise stability.
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    #7
    Definitely a bit shocked to see this one, but could be a nice move by the Cardinals.

    The only question is - is it better to get pitching? or get offense?

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    #8
    The way it looks today, I say the Cardinals won the trade. They dealt from positions of surplus for a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively. The deal could swing the other way if Goldy leaves after next year and Weaver and/or Kelly blossom into an All Star. I hope Kelly does.

    I think this makes the Central more tight, but it all depends on health.
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