Tommy Pham, OF
Again, I find myself liking a player that I am listing. In reality, considering those in the wings (read: Jeremy Hazelbaker, Carlos Peguero, and Anthony Garcia), the time for Tommy Pham with St. Louis may have come to an end.
We all know that Pham has been plagued with injury and this might deter another team from taking a risk on him. We also know that 2016 might be Matt Holliday‘s final season with the birds on the bat, but I’m just not sold that Pham is the one to ascend the Holliday throne in left field.
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Pham’s offensive line reads: .265/.343/.471. His defensive fielding percentage is posted as 1.000 displaying a qualified outfielder. Adding to his worth is the fact that Pham owns a 1.4 career WAR. Maybe a change of location would do him good and maybe a team would exist to have interest in this change of location.
Let’s look at whether or not he would or could be traded. If Pham is gone, the Cardinals are left with Brandon Moss as an outfield backup and/or the younger players mentioned above. Is Moss a proven player enough to serve as backup to Holliday, Randal Grichuk, and Stephen Piscotty (assuming these are the starting outfielders)?
Assuming a deal could be made, who would have interest? The free agent outfield market was both hot and then suddenly cold and long this year. Can we assume that this trend would continue? If it did continue, would this spell the fact that finding a home for Pham would be unlikely? I feel that should a time present itself to move Pham, this time won’t appear until after the all-star break.
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