Derrick Goold talks St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors on MLB Network


St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold called into Hot Stove on the MLB Network to discuss the latest St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors and the Hall of Fame.

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To say that the Cardinals have been heavily linked to four free agents or trade prospects would be an understatement right now. The Cardinals have been tied to David Price, Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels, and James Shields. Some of these came from reporters talking on television…one of which was during the Free Agent Slot Machine in which Ken Rosenthal suggested that Shields would end up with the Cardinals.

Goold said that Adam Wainwright had reached out to Scherzer saying “how great they’d be as a 1-2 punch.” Wainwright is the clear ace of the Cardinals rotation and “would welcome another arm that could carry them into October.”

They also touched on Goold’s status as Vice President of the Baseball Writers Association of America and his proposal to reform the Baseball Hall of Fame voting process. It’s a Yes/No ballot and there would not be a limit on which players that one could vote for. Goold does not see it as “overcrowding the Hall.” Players would still need the 75% requirement for induction and players would drop off after getting only 5% or less of the vote.

Goold’s appearance on Hot Stove with Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds, and Rosenthal would not be complete without a question coming from Keith Costas.

Costas asked why Goold voted for outfielder Larry Walker. Goold brought up the road splits and how “for a good time there, he was one of the best right fielders in the game and one of the best all-around player in the game.”

“You guys made my dream come true,” Goold said of Costas asking him a question.

Time will tell if Goold’s ballot proposal gets a serious look from the Hall of Fame’s board of directors.