St. Louis Cardinals GM, John Mozeliak, announced the team is making several player moves today. Could one of those moves involve Matt Carpenter?
Earlier today, St. Louis Cardinals Gm, John Mozeliak, announced the team’s intention to make several player moves. One of the move we already know about is Randal Grichuk. The Cardinals recalled Grichuk from triple-A. However, a corresponding move was not given.
Mozeliak’s statement is very intriguing. Speculation on what the Cardinals might do at the trade deadline is only strengthened by Mozeliak’s statement. There certainly is a feeling of mystery as the rest of us wait to see what happen. When news spread of the player moves, I began to think of what could be happening.
Here at Redbird Rants, we have covered the trade deadline extensively. In a recent show, Nathan, Trevor, and I discussed Matt Carpenter‘s value to the team. This came about because Trevor said anyone on the Major League roster is a trade chip. That had me thinking about Matt Carpenter. We all decided, at the time, the Cardinals won’t move him, but what if they did?
"Mo says on @KMOXSports that they are going to make multiple moves today, but hasn’t notified the players yet, so he wont comment publicly— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) June 25, 2017Mo says on @KMOXSports that they are going to make multiple moves today, but hasn’t notified the players yet, so he wont comment publicly— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) June 25, 2017"
I know this isn’t a popular thought, but could the St. Louis Cardinals move Matt Carpenter? I think so, and here is why. The New York Yankees have received some very poor play from their first basemen this year. Greg Bird started slow. Chris Carter arrived to platoon Bird. Since Bird’s injury, Carter has not thrived.
Recently, the FanSided site, Call to the Pen, discussed manager Joe Girardi‘s displeasure of the production at first base. Outside of the starting rotation, first base is the Yankees weakness. At one point I thought the Yankees might come calling for Matt Adams while he was still with the Cardinals. However, the Cardinals dealt Matt Adams to the Braves.
Oddly enough, Matt Adams once again finds himself around trade rumors. However, I think the Yankees are looking for a bigger impact than Adams.
Enter Matt Carpenter.
While he is a fan favorite, I still think there is an outside chance the Cardinals might actually deal him. He would do well at Yankee Stadium, due to the short porch in right. He is left-handed, complementing the struggling Chris Carter. A change in scenery might bolster Carpenter’s value for a playoff run.
The question though is whether this type of move makes sense for the Cardinals. In reality, I’m not so sure. However, if the Yankees are willing to part with some high prospects like Greg Bird and maybe (just maybe) Gleyber Torres, it might be worth it. I know Torres is hurt, but the farm system receives an instant boost with his name added to it.
Of course, though, this means the St. Louis Cardinals are waving the white flag on the season. It would be a disappointment, but the team also has to consider long-term success. If the Cardinals do move Carpenter at the deadline, it will be bitter-sweet to see him go.
What do you think will happen to Carpenter? I don’t think this will be one of the moves, but it would send some significant shock waves throughout the organization. I’d have to wonder whether the Yankees might try to package Lance Lynn in a deal as well.