St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Blockbuster Winter Meetings Trades

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Miami Marlins

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I’m putting the Marlins on this list because they have long been one of the most unpredictable organizations in baseball. Owner Jeffrey Loria blew up his new team of high-priced players halfway through the 2012 season, its first in Marlins Park. Last year, there was the mid-season installation of a manager, Dan Jennings, who had no prior managing experience. None. And now, this offseason they’ve hired former baseball pariah Barry Bonds as its hitting coach. (Which I think is a great move, BTW.)

Marcell Ozuna is already on the trading block. Who’s to say a team like the Marlins wouldn’t listen to the St. Louis Cardinals’ offer for left fielder Giancarlo Stanton? Yeah, yeah. I know. Highly doubtful. He’s entering year two of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which he can opt out of in five years. The deal is also heavily backloaded to give the Fish financial flexibility to win now.

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But how about shortstop and 2015 National League batting champ Dee Gordon, who apparently is just starting to talk now about a contract extension in Miami? Should talks get tense, I could easily see a scenario in which Loria loses patience and facilitates a trade. Here’s hoping if that does happen, the St. Louis Cardinals are the team offering the best deal.