It’s possible that Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus ends up with the St. Louis Cardinals during the offseason. He provides a need for the Cardinals and the Cardinals can provide a need for the Rangers.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are in need of a catcher, a left fielder, a DH and a first baseman. The Cardinals can provide an option for one of these in first baseman Matt Adams, who could serve as a DH if possible. Moving Adams is not out of the realm of possibilities. His name will come up during the Hot Stove season. Given Craig’s injury history, his outfield days are probably over.
Evan Grant writes:
Andrus could headline a deal to St. Louis, which is looking for a shortstop. In an ideal world, it would net the Rangers a young pitcher and a young position player, perhaps even left-handed-hitting outfielder Oscar Taveras. If such a deal came along, the Rangers could potentially flip some of their newfound pitching depth for Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters.
I don’t see Taveras being sent over. Meanwhile, there is this option, too: Jurickson Profar.
Profar could be attractive to the Cardinals for a package just slightly below what Andrus might return. At the same time, he may be very attractive to Tampa Bay, which is likely to deal ace David Price.
The Cardinals have no reason to not have an interest in Profar. It’s just a matter of what do the Rangers want in return. If I had to make a guess right now, the Cardinals next shortstop will be coming from the Texas Rangers or it will be free agent Stephen Drew.
Here’s why one of them will have to be moved: Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has zero interest in changing positions. I see no reason why the Rangers would let Profar play extended time in the minors after calling him up this past May.
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