St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors: Outfielder edition

With the All-Star break quickly approaching, the St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors continue to swirl. At this point, it doesn’t even appear General Manager John Mozeliak has a game plan, but is willing to deal.

Pitching being a weak point, the Cards could definitely add depth in the rotation or bullpen in order to stay in the hunt for the National League Central pennant, possibly only vying for a spot in the wild card. Having plenty of depth in the outfield, this seems to be the Cardinals’ best option in order to pick up a solid 2 or 3 guy at pitcher. With that, take a look into the outfield depth.

The starters could easily rotate if one were to be dealt away. Matt Holliday has been the primary left fielder this season, but with his age catching up with him, his numbers seem to be slipping. This season the 34-year-old has put together a .261 batting average, .367 on-base-percentage, and .376 slugging percentage. These are slightly less than his impressive career statistics in these categories with .309, .386, and .523 respectively.

Jon Jay has recently taken the starting position in center field away from recently acquired Peter Bourjos. Jay has been a pretty consistent hitter for the Redbirds, but with all the depth already in the outfield, he could be involved with a possible trade in order to acquire a slugging infielder or a solid starting pitcher. With a $3.25 million salary this season, it appears by trading Jay the Cards could open up some money for a high-end player. As much as fans tend to enjoy Jay’s success, being traded is just a part of the business side of baseball.

Finally, over in right field, injury plagued Allen Craig and rising star Oscar Taveras seem to be sharing starts. If Jay were to be traded, Taveras would make a solid center fielder; he’s fast, swings a solid bat, and has a pretty good arm. Craig also wouldn’t be a bad choice for center either. However, Craig could also be dealt. With his talent ceiling continuing to rise, I highly doubt Mozeliak would be willing to give up his number one prospect.

On the bench, the Cards have Bourjos, who is being paid the least out of the outfielders, excluding the rookie Taveras. The 27-year-old center fielder could be a solid starter in center if Jay or Craig were to be dealt.

The depth in outfield seems to be a double-edged sword for the Cardinals at this point. As stated earlier, there has been large amount of talks that the Cards are looking to add a solid hitting third or second baseman. If a third baseman were to be signed, Carpenter could be moved back to second to replace Daniel Descalso or an inconsistent Kolten Wong. If a second baseman were to be picked up, the Cards would be able to upgrade Descalso’s .186 average. It also seems Wong can put up great numbers for the triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds, but once brought up to the show, he forgets his swing.

With all of these possibilities, it will be interesting to see what the Cards’ front office will pull off before the trade deadline, July 31st.

Comments

  1. Pat Martin says

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE PITCHING? I THINK IT IS THE WAY WE USE THEM SO LETS GET A NEW PITCHING COACH, WHEN DUNCAN WAS THERE THEY WERE PRETTY GOOD, U BRING IN A RELIEF AND PITCH HIM MORE THAN 1-2 BATTERS, GET THE STARTER OUT WHEN HE LOSES IT NOT 4–5 BATTER’S LATER. JAY SHOULD STAY AND HOLIDAY TRADE FOR A NEW BATTING COACH WE HAVE THE TALENT JUST NEED COACHED , WHERE IS MARK G WHEN WE NEED HIM

    • mjk says

      who is Marg G. ??? it isn’t the coaching, the cards are having a down year hitting, but they need 1 or 2 more bats…. if they could score 4 or 5 runs consistently they would be in first place. The glaring problems are they need 2 more hitters and a new manager, he has no idea what he is doing and it is very plainly obvious. He never coached at any level other than little league before being gifted a great team that he has ruined!!!!!!!!!

    • br in nc says

      Pat Martin
      Our pitching has kept us in the playoff hunt this first half of the year, even with the massive destruction of our rotation due to injuries, pitching coach is doing a great job with what he has (other than somehow getting S. Miller to lay off all the fastballs he throws, but it is quite difficult to change a pitcher in mid season, plus trying to teach him another pitch, which really cant be taught on the fly!) Please remember you and I, and all of Cards nation are spoiled rotten brats when it comes to pitching coaches, Dave Duncan was/is the greatest pitching coach of all time, and it is not even close, in the history of baseball in general and pitching coaches specifically, you have DD, then a huge empty spot, then all other pitching coaches of all time, and all the other coaches can only look up and wish they could be within shouting distance of Mr Duncan, He should be a FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, I dont think coaches even get considers for the HOF, but he is the epitomy of pitching coaches and should be in HOF, unanimious (yes my spelling suck!!)…Hell, if broadcasters and sportswriters can get voted to HOF, by god position coaches should be as well, with Duncan as the standard he would be the only one to make it!!! I will add this though, Big Mac leaving for the Angels and our piss poor hitting this year should tell you we may need a new hitting coach, ya think!!!!!

  2. Greg Spaulding says

    Neither Craig or Taveras can play center. Craig is way too slow for that position. He doesn’t have the speed or the quickness. He’s average to below average in right. And if the Cardinals felt Taveras could play center everyday they would not have traded for Bourjos in the offseason. Taveras is going to be in right field 100 percent of the time once we move Craig.

      • Greg Spaulding says

        Again if the Cardinals thought Taveras future was in center they would not have traded for Bourjos. They put him in center in the minors and they didn’t feel comfortable having him there so we traded for Bourjos. Center is a different animal than right or left. A lot more ground to cover and he doesn’t have the range to play it on a consistent basis. If he could thats where he’d be. The Cardinals may put him there on occasion but all that means is the offense is hitting so poorly that we’re willing to sacrifice some defense.

    • br in nc says

      Greg
      not so sure about Taveras not playing CF, could have sworn he has seen time in CF in the minors, as recently as this year they were testing him, but I never heard the outcome, which could be good or bad I guess. I tend to think of him as a corner outfielder, with RF as primary position, but if he is a so called 5 tool player then a switch to CF should not be out of his reach. But then again, I’am in the minority when it comes to Taveras, I just don’t see “superstar” writen all over him, in fact if we could get Stanton in a trade and OT had to be part of the package, I would help him pack his bags, he would be my #1trade bait, I truly believe Piscotty is the better prospect. I think I soured on Taveras this spring when he seemed to quit on himself and the “Birds on a Bat” blaming his lack of hustle and poor performance on the ankle injury. ( just my humble opinion but I thought he was milking the fact that he injured his ankle…LAST YEAR!)

  3. mjk says

    Taveras can play center but he isn’t “FAST” and “Craig could also be dealt. With his talent ceiling continuing to rise” are you OUT OF YOUR MIND…. WHAT TEAM HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING??? Craig has been mediocre at best if not down right awful this year!!! The doo-doo birds have to trade Holliday, get rid of his horrible contract (they would have to take on 1/2 of it to make a deal) and trade Craig, Bourjous, Descalso, Robinson, Martinez, and Miller…. try to get Tulowisky(sp?) Stanton and Price. WS for the next 5 years!!!!!! Those trades could be done with some other cards added in obviously, But Craig has been miserable this year. This write is an idiot!!!!!!!

  4. mjk says

    “This (writer) /not write is an idiot. I made a mistake but not one as glaring as this moron writing this article!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Dumpy says

    These comments are hilarious. It’s a toss up between all caps guy, the guy who says coaching isn’t the problem, it’s the manager or the guy who wants to simply trade for the best 3 players in the game while using quotation marks in a fashion I have never seen before.

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