8. Give your own trade idea for the Cardinals to make, whether that be as buyers or sellers.
Josh: Harrison Bader, Sandy Alcantara, Luke Weaver, Jordan Hicks for Giancarlo Stanton. In this deal, the St. Louis Cardinals will take on the entirety of Stanton’s contract. In turn, this allows the Cardinals to not cripple their entire farm system to add the slugger. The Marlins get money off the books and pieces for their rebuild, everyone wins.
Dr. Miles: I would send Wong and other prospects to Toronto for Troy Tulo. I would also send Carpenter and prospects to Miami for Stanton. It isn’t my money, so that’s what I would do. I would then move Aledmys Diaz to third, Gyorko to second, and keep Voit at first and platoon him with Piscotty there when Stanton plays RF. Oh, and find a way to get Grichuk involved in either going to Toronto or Miami!
Tito: I would trade Luke Weaver, Delvin Perez, Harrison Bader, and Alcantara for Stanton. Would the Marlins do that? Probably not, but what do they know?
Nathan: Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees for infielder Jorge Mateo. Mateo is 22 and signed internationally by the Yankees in 2012. He’s at the double-A level. Formerly the organization’s top overall prospect, he had a rough season last year and has fallen a bit off the radar. However, he is still the team’s fourth overall prospect.
He has a blend of speed and defensive skills that are premium at the shortstop position, and his offensive game has seen positive development this season. With the amount of outfield and pitching depth the Cardinals have at the minor-league level, expect them to target infield talent should they be sellers at the deadline.
Brendan: The Mets might be convinced to take a flyer on outfielder Randal Grichuk, and I like the idea of the Cardinals adding Addison Reed. I haven’t given up on Randal myself, but he’s certainly not untouchable.
Perhaps a package featuring Grich and a low-level prospect would be enough given the fact that Reed’s contract expires in 2017. The Cardinals could add bullpen help without having to give up much of their future. However, that depends greatly on how each of these organizations view Grichuk.
Shane: I don’t have any blockbuster deals in mind. Instead, I can see the Cardinals trading for a middle to low tier player like Chicago White Sox outfielder, Avisail Garcia. These are the type of moves Mozeliak and the front office often make. Nothing that breaks the bank, but they are trades that cost little while still adding value to the team. Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer of the Kansas Royals would also be in this level of players.
Dan: Lance Lynn to the Yankees for Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield. If you think the Cardinals have an outfield logjam, the Yankees really do. They need starter help to compete for a wild card spot. The Yankees could flip assets received from the Indians in the Andrew Miller deal to get Lance Lynn for their playoff run.
The Yankee rotation lacks consistency. Lance Lynn is a model of consistency. Mo should pull the trigger on this if possible.
Jedd Gyorko to the Red Sox for Rafael Devers. The Red Sox have a black hole at third base because Pablo Sandoval is visiting an all-you-can-eat donut buffet for the rest of his career. Sell high on Gyorko. He causes too much roster confusion to remain on this team. He is an over-achieving super-utility player.
Rosenthal to the Nationals for Victor Robles and Austin Voth. The Nationals keep losing games due to their beleaguered bullpen. They likely will not give up Robles for Oh, but they need to throw in another prospect if they want the better guy with more control who throws 100. The Nationals will do this deal.
With the middle infield depth the St. Louis Cardinals have with Kolten Wong soon returning, the team can afford to give away some of its current middle infield talent to fill needs both now and in the future. While Brach could immediately come in as the closer for the team for the short-term, Mountcastle is a versatile prospect on the offensive and defensive end the Orioles are pushing to develop at shortstop.
While the 20-year old’s lack of arm strength will somewhat limit what positions he plays, the combination of speed, power, and vision will make the loss of the hot-hitting DeJong in the trade worth it in the long-term as well.
Trevor: Personally, I think the best trade deal lies with the Tigers. So that being said: J.D. Martinez and Justin Wilson for Harrison Bader.
Larry: Lynn and a secondary prospect or a middle infielder to the Yankees for Didi Gregorius. The Yanks could really use the pitching, and we could definitely use a proven shortstop til we sort through who else is capable of everyday play there. Plus, it would open up other post-season deals since we have an abundance of middle infielders (DeJong, Diaz, Wong, Garcia, Mejia, Carp if Voit succeeds at first base) from which to choose a second baseman and utility infielder.