Was Tommy Edman Snubbed From the 2022 MLB All-Star Game?

MLB just released its finalists for the 2022 All-Star game. Somewhat surprisingly, Cardinals infielder, Tommy Edman, was nowhere to be found.

Edman’s All-Star Case

The case for Tommy Edman attending the midsummer classic is undeniable. A quick trip to Baseball Reference affirms that. Edman leads NL position players in overall WAR, defensive WAR, and runs scored. He’s also top-ten in almost every other major statistical category. Not only is his All-Star case ironclad, but you could argue that Edman is a dark-horse candidate for MVP.

How Did he Get Missed?

First of all, having fan voting be such a big part of determining All-Star rosters is just asinine. If a player isn’t a household name, like Edman, they’re essentially out of luck from the get-go. Fan voting is also a big reason why you typically see four or five players from the same team make it.

Another thing hurting Edman is the fact that he is overshadowed by two other Cardinals stars. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado are much more recognizable names and are both having MVP-caliber seasons in their own right. They have dominated most of the headlines despite Edman quietly playing just about as well.

Perhaps the biggest thing hurting Edman is that voters may not know what position to put him at. While traditionally a second baseman (won a gold glove there in 2021), Edman has spent almost half of this season at shortstop. This is due to both the struggles of Paul DeJong, and the emergence of rookie Nolan Gorman. Essentially, Edman is being punished for being able to play two positions at a very high level.

Still a Chance

Edman could still make the All-Star game as a reserve via the “player ballot.” You would think he would have the respect of his peers at this point, despite not getting it from the fans. Still, the fact that he has to hope he can backdoor his way into getting selected is criminal and a sign that this process is in dire need of change.

The St. Louis Cardinals Should Move Corey Dickerson

The Cardinals veteran outfielder, Corey Dickerson, is due back from the injured list soon, but does St.Louis need him?

Dickerson Has Been a Disappointment

This past offseason, the Cardinals took a one-year, $5 million flier on a journeyman veteran to bolster their outfield depth. Unfortunately, Dickerson has not been up to the task. Before the injury, he was putting up dismal numbers (.194/.245/.286), on pace for career lows in just about everything. He hasn’t had a shortage of opportunities to improve either. St.Louis has given him 98 at-bats in 38 games. Defensively, he has been average at best. At the end of the day, his -0.5 WAR thus far makes it pretty clear that this signing has provided little-to-no value.

Creating a Logjam

A big reason why Dickerson was brought in was the idea that the Cardinals had several prospects that were not quite ready to play on a regular basis. Youngsters Juan Yepez, Brendan Donovan, and Lars Nootbar have all had promising starts. As has Nolan Gorman. Though not an outfielder, he has been competing for at-bats off the bench. These guys all have earned more playing time. At least a few of them will be part of St.Louis’ core of the future. A guy like Dickerson, who almost certainly will not be back next year, is just taking away valuable at-bats. we have already seen that there are not enough to go around, as Nootbar was just optioned to Memphis on Friday.

The Cardinals Have Needs Elsewhere

If there is one thing that might keep the redbirds from being serious contenders this season, it’s pitching. The starting rotation has been serviceable, but they will need Jack Flaherty to quickly get back to his old self once he returns from injury. The biggest weakness is the bullpen. The late-game crew is pretty solid with Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos. What St.Louis needs is someone to eat up those middle innings. Preferably, they should look for some that can provide some long relief as well as a few spot-starts.

Possible Trade Options

Dickerson has very little trade value right now. The best the Cardinals could hope for would be to package him with a prospect to a seller looking to get rid of a big contract. One team that could fit the bill is the Kansas City Royals. They have a glut of pitchers on their roster and could use the outfield depth. There are starters such as Brad Keller and Zack Greinke, who won’t be stars, (yeah, we’re talking about THAT Greinke, but he’s not that guy anymore) but could turn the rotation into a strength. Also, there are relievers like Amir Garrett and Josh Staumont. All of these guys, and more, could be available. At this point, the most value Corey Dickerson could provide the Cardinals would be as part of a trade package to improve the team’s pitching.

St. Louis rolls out the welcome Matz

Cardinals Steven Matz

The St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their starting rotation this off-season by acquiring Steven Matz on a 4 year deal for $44 million. The 6’2″ lefty is coming off a career year with the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 14-7 with an ERA of 3.82. In an interview at the end of last season Matz said of the Blue Jays, “I don’t know if I’ve ever been on a team this good.”

Mets Spurned by Steven Matz

When news of Steven Matz signing with the Cardinals reached New York, it was met with anger. Mets owner Steve Cohen took his frustrations to Twitter saying that “words and promises don’t matter.” Cohen was under the impression from Rob Martin, Matz agent, that the Mets would be able to match any offer. Martin said that, despite the deep pull to the Mets franchise, Matz did what was best for his family.

To explain, the Mets drafted Matz in the 2nd round of the 2009 MLB draft and he spent his first six seasons in the MLB in the orange and blue. The lefty left the Mets when they traded him to Toronto with a 4.35 ERA in 2020. Matz posted a 3.82 ERA in his lone season with the Blue Jays as they fell short of the playoffs.

Life In St. Louis

Steven Matz will be joining a Cardinals staff that has the ageless wonder Adam Wainwright and young phenom Jack Flaherty. It looks like Matz will be the third starter in front of Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson. Matz had a 46% ground ball rate coupled with the fact he threw his sinker 52% of the time he should succeed in front of this historic level defense.

Matz proved he could stay healthy, as he went 150 innings while tallying 144 strikeouts last season. After that his old manager, Charlie Montoyo, called Matz an “unsung hero” for all the work he put in. You can read more on that interview here: https://www.mlb.com/news/steven-matz-has-been-blue-jays-unsung-hero

The Cardinals were in every awards race out there, bringing in five Gold Gloves, three Silver Slugger finalist, and two players in the MVP conversation. The iron has never been hotter for the club and it’s brand new manager, who are able to field the exact same team as no starter was eligible for free agency.

Now add in the pressure of this being Wainwright and Molina’s last year — the Cards need to win. There certainly is no tomorrow for this club and bringing in a reliable guy like Steven Matz could be just what they need.