Jim Bowden, as he was before the MLB trade deadline, is still at it when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals making a trade with the Texas Rangers.
On his ESPN Insider page, the senior baseball analyst for ESPN Insider has proposed trading Oscar Taveras for Jurickson Profar. I was not a fan of this move this past summer and I’m still not a fan of it today.
Taveras is one of the best middle-of-the-order hitting prospects in baseball, and although he can play center field, he’s best suited for right field. However, you have to give up something significant to get something significant, and Profar would be the Cardinals’ long-term answer at both shortstop and in the second spot in the lineup.
This would be one of the biggest top-prospect challenge trades in baseball history, but it would legitimately help both teams. The Cardinals would then permanently slot Allen Craig in right field with Matt Adams at first base. The Rangers would make Taveras their long-term right fielder while Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler would remain one of baseball’s best double-play combinations.
There’s no denying that such a trade would help both teams but the reason why I am not a fan of such move is Craig’s injury history. I think Adams is more likely to be moved than Taveras ever will.
The GM’s Office takes a look at the shortstop search. In the video, Bowden mentions that Mo is not afraid to trade a young bat. True, but it’s more likely to be Adams than Taveras.