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Buy or Sell: Week of July 16th – Lynn to the Royals? Carpenter a huge jerk?

Every week (likely every Saturday morning) I’ll post “Buy or Sell” – where I give a thumbs up or thumbs down to various Cardinals trends/topics/musings that are commonly discussed throughout the week.

With that said, let’s get underway for the week of July 16th. 

Trade Block gets hot, J.D. Martinez and Todd Frazier dealt

This week started what will undoubtedly be a very couple of weeks for Major League Baseball.

If you are ignorant to what is going on, it’s the annual trade deadline.

Deals are made, prospects are swapped and wanna-be contenders put themselves in position to win during the post season.

The two biggest highlights from the week were J.D. Martinez being dealt to the Diamondbacks, and Todd Frazier/David Robertson dealt to the Yankees.

After all the speculating and rumors that swirl (including the St. Louis Cardinals being a possible landing spot for Martinez) these things finally come to fruition.

The trade deadline in Major League Baseball is truly special to watch and be a part of.

Now if the Cardinals could only get off their ass and do something…

Verdict: Buy (I love this time of year)

Kansas City Royals reportedly interested in Lance Lynn

Tuesday afternoon, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Kansas City Royals were showing interest in St. Louis starting pitcher Lance Lynn.

Lynn will no doubt draw the interest of every contender looking to add a starting pitcher, as he has shown the ability to be a solid middle of the rotation guy.

The numbers will probably never show it, but Lynn can shoulder the load in terms of pitch counts, and has decent enough stuff to put a team with a weak backend of their rotation into a much better spot come playoff time.

The question is, what would Lance Lynn draw from a potential Kansas City trade?

Well, the answer is not very much.

Kansas City is not as flushed with high-end prospects like they used to be, and even their young guys on the Major League roster aren’t probably appetizing enough for the St. Louis front office.

The Redbird Daily staff debated this very issue (over a long DM conversation) and while the overall narrative was a fat resounding “NO,” a few names were brought up that could be in the mix for Lance’s services.

That speculative list includes Raul Mondesi, Ryan O’Hearn and a mix of prospects.

Overall, Kansas City just doesn’t have the return value in terms of talent or positional need.

Even though the Cardinals may be looking to rebuild, Kansas City doesn’t seem to be the place to start.

Verdict: Sell 

Matt Carpenter calls out Trevor Rosenthal

If you missed Thursday’s embarrassing loss to the New York Mets, you really missed the presser that followed.

Matt Carpenter had a few choice words for/about Trevor Rosenthal and his failure to cover first base for the out that led to the loss in the ninth.

Yikes

Yep, Matt Carpenter of all people called a teammate out.

Matthew of all people has made some of the most bonehead plays this season, both offensively and defensively.

Between his base-running and defensive struggle, there is 100% certainty his failures have directly affected the team worse than Rosenthal’s gaffe yesterday afternoon.

So basically, he had no room to talk.

I don’t care if you are the last guy on the bench or the perennial most valuable player, there is no room for under-the-bus-throwing. No team has ever succeeded with a culture of that.

There are many ways to deal with adversity, and when your entire season has been nothing short of a huge bummer, you’ve got to be able to handle it even under the microscope.

Carpenter screwed up, and will probably apologize, but that’s not what you expect from one of your clubhouse “leaders.”

Verdict: Sell 

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