Fans Clamoring For Hamels.

According to Bernie, due to our recent roster attrition in the pitching staff (IE the loss of Adam Wainwright), many fans are clamoring for the Cards to go out and get Cole Hamels.

Bernie seems to disagree with the idea, saying that other teams have more to offer, and trading somebody like Kolten Wong to get him would be nuts.

I agree with Bernie. I think we have enough internal options to get by, and we’ve traded enough youngsters within the last year our two, as well as promoting a few. Our farm is still strong, but not nearly as strong as it once was.

And anyone even *thinking* of trading Kolten Wong should be sent to an asylum. Same for our other good young pieces.

We have a good, young nucleus that could keep our playoff streak alive for a while. Why would you mess with that by moving some of those cheap, young players for a guy with a mega contract? I think people have images of Madison Bumgarner from last year dancing in their heads, thinking Hamels could arrive, help us make the playoffs, and carry us to  a World Series victory. Wake up and stop dreaming people. What Bumgarner did was special because it rarely happens.

Yes, Hamels is good. That contract, however is a heavy anchor that would drag down our financial flexibility. To me, that cancels out any on-field benefit he would provide this team. And as I said, the dream mentioned above is an impossible one.

We have good players who can fill the spot Waino left reasonably well. Will they be as good? Of course not. But that doesn’t mean we need to go out and acquire an expensive replacement. Rather I say give the kids (and Jaime Garcia if he’s finally healthy) a chance.

I’ve heard that Marco Gonzales kid is pretty good. I’m sure you have too.

So stop clamoring for Hamels and focus on the guys we’ve got.

 

As always, thanks for reading.

  • Mark Gram

    While I don’t think the Cards should for Hamels, I do believe that trading for a #3/#4 type starter is more likely…a Harang/Lohse type. The Cardinals have innings limits on Wacha and Martinez. Garcia is injury-prone, so how much could you depend on him? Gonzales is coming off an injury as well. And we haven’t even began talking about the innings that need to be made up due to Wainwright’s injury.

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