What Super 2 means for top prospects
It’s not just Passan that is writing about the Super 2 service time but also Fox Sports senior writer and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, who took a look at the delayed arrivals only yesterday.
Feb 24, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals player Oscar Taveras (77) during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Rosenthal is defintely not a fan of the system.
"I dislike the system, which often discourages teams — for unspoken financial reasons — from using their best 25 players. And frankly, such roster manipulation is becoming more difficult to defend with clubs signing many players long-term before they even reach arbitration."
He’s not alone with a dislike of the system as it is right now. Rosenthal examines a number of prospects, who some feel are ready for the big leagues right now.
The problem, Rosenthal notes, with the Cardinals is that Taveras is not going to replace either Allen Craig or Matt Holliday in the outfield–unless Matt Adams gets traded, which seems unlikely. Craig is signed long-term and even though he’s not exactly hitting at the moment, the team is unlikely to trade him. This leaves not right or left field but center field as Taveras’ home for the long-term. The problem with that? The team has three center fielders on their big league roster right now in Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay, and Randal Grichuk. Grichuk would be the most likely candidate to be demoted to Memphis when Taveras gets the call unless the team wants some power on the bench.