Sticking in the American League, the St. Louis Cardinals should seriously consider the needs of the New York Yankees as they relate to a prosperous trade for both teams.
The St. Louis Cardinals have made deals with the Yankees in the past and, probably more importantly, former Cardinals have found their next home with the Yankees after leaving St. Louis. These names include Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma, and Brendan Ryan (just to name a few from recent years). This year, the Cardinals should make a call to the Yankees to offer them a few sales.
That’s right, this idea focuses strongly on the Cardinals being sellers. Tito Rivera, co-editor here at Redbird Rants, broke the barrier of this idea with his recent rumor post about the Cardinals potentially sending Matt Carpenter to the Yankees to fulfill their first base need. In the wake of this, the Yanks have also developed outfield and second base/short stop needs as well.
This recent news indicated that Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks heading to the DL and Starlin Castro close behind. In fact, Castro left the game on Monday with a strain and will undergo an MRI before the team makes a decision about the DL. In response, the Yankees are promoting an unknown name from AAA.
Enter then the ideas of the Cardinals being partners in filling the Yankees needs. Solution names include Carpenter, Luke Voit, Paul DeJong, Greg Garcia, and maybe even Aledmys Diaz. If the Cardinals are sellers, these names would be great solutions for the Yankees who currently sit neck-and-neck with the Red Sox at the top of the AL-East.
Who might the Cardinals take in return? In all likelihood, the Cardinals would be seeking to offload names and money in this scenario and could take a few minor league players and/or cash as they ready themselves to strike at other teams and other names. This means that the Cardinals-Yankees trade rumor depends on the Birds being sellers.