marteezy wrote:If he gets hurt again, I’d much rather him get hurt in St. Louis than Memphis.
Except if he gets hurt in Memphis, it doesn't count towards his service time. That's also something worth considering. If you keep him down in Memphis for half a year, that should be another year of team control. My stance is when he's healthy, you build him up to 5 innings every 5 days in Memphis and then pull him up midseason. "It'll be just like a trade."
marteezy wrote:As for Moustakas, I like him because of the defense he brings to the table. A skilled glove at third will take a bit of pressure off of DeJong. And since he’s still just south of 30, his numbers at the plate have improved enough to where the optimist can see him continuing to get better for a couple years. However, his numbers lend some validity to skepticism. That said, he’d be an improvement in my opinion and Gyorko would be better in his role of supersub if you can limit him to under 400 at bats.
Gyorko is a legit defensive third baseman at this point. 2nd in defensive runs saved, 9th in UZR there this year. If you want to reduce the odds of us blowing a game defensively, third base is the wrong position to look at. He was a plus defender at third last season too. Meanwhile Moustakas was terrible at third base this year, and when you look at his UZR breakdowns it is all based on a drop in his range. How much of that is leftover from his ACL injury and can be regained?
So Gyorko and Donaldson both better options defensively. One of those costs you nothing to acquire and one of those is a safe bet to be an offensive improvement and the other one is Mike Moustakas. I don't see the value. Cards have more than enough infield utility guys that they don't need to relegate Gyorko to utility duty. And Gyorko as a utility man threatens Wong at second base.He took off this year and it remains a pattern that whenever he is secure in his everyday job, he plays better. The last thing the Cards need is to make Wong question his standing, IMO. It's all about putting guys in positions to succeed.
As far as Carpenter and baserunning. By UBR, Carpenter (-0.8), Piscotty (-1.1), Gyorko (-2.2), DeJong (-3.3), and Molina (-3.9) were the five biggest offenders among Cardinals position players.