A trade for a shortstop is imminent when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s not a question of if anymore but when. It’s also a question of which team.
At this point, just about everyone knows that Stephen Drew is the main free agent at the position this offseason but the Cards would be giving up a draft pick in order to get him. The question that the front office has to be asking themselves: is it worth it?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer/columnist Rick Hummel writes:
National League teams can’t afford to have two outs in a row at the bottom of the lineup — the Cardinals’ pitchers don’t hit very well either — so the club will have to look outside the organization to fill the shortstop position for next season and presumably beyond. The Cardinals invested heavily in shortstops in the June draft, but the earliest one could expect any fruition would seem to be three years.
The Cardinals decided to go with high school senior Oscar Mercado with their second round pick.
The Rockies would want a top-flight young pitcher, a lefthanded-hitting first baseman/outfielder and another prospect for him and the Cardinals probably could comply in each category, but does the reward outweigh the risk?
Would it be worth it given his injury history? I would certainly hope so. The Cardinals would have to likely send over Matt Adams, who could have some repeated seasons of 50 home runs with the thin air in Denver.