The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins have been connected for weeks, could a deal be possible?
Another day, another rumor out of Miami. The St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to every single starting outfielder for the Miami Marlins in the last couple months. This time though, the focus is on Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich.
According to Mark Feinsand, an executive report for MLB.com indicated that the Marlins had representation in attendance for Dakota Hudson’s last start. Hudson, whom the Cardinals selected 34th overall in last year’s draft, has been impressive to date. The 22-year-old out of Mississippi State has a 2.77 ERA for AA Springfield.
Trevor Hooth decided to come out of retirement to plead with the Cardinals to not move Hudson in a post for us again here at Redbird Rants.
The Cardinals have been attached to every single member of the Marlins outfield at different times in recent weeks. Being that a bat for the middle of the order is a necessity for this team, the rumors make sense. The Marlins- in typical fashion- have built a collection of solid players, unfortunately for their fans, the results haven’t been there. This is leading to yet another potential Marlins fire sale.
If the Cardinals do find themselves acquiring Ozuna or Yelich, fans will have to expect to see Hudson and then some on their way to Miami in return. Fortunately for Cardinals fans, both of these players are locked up past this season. Either one would make a great addition to the team, as long as the front office is willing to match the price it would cost.
The front office being willing to make a move like this remains to be seen. I recently wrote about the Cardinals front office and their inability to take risks. This move exemplifies risk in the Cardinals eyes.
Moving on from home grown prospects to take on a major league contract has not been the Cardinal way in the past. With the ever-changing landscape of Major League Baseball though, this is the type of move a team may have to make to stay competitive.