St. Louis Cardinals: Time to speed up the off-season plans
This has been the slowest off-season in recent St. Louis Cardinals memory.
This off-season was hyped as one that would feature incredible activity on both the free agent and trade fronts. What we got instead was an immensely annoying waiting game concerning Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Otani, one big trade by the St. Louis Cardinals, and not much else.
Yes, that’s right, the St. Louis Cardinals were supposed to be one of the most active teams this off-season. Has that come to fruition? Well, the Cardinals made a big splash by making the best pitch for Giancarlo Stanton, but he did not want to play here and was eventually sent packing to the Bronx.
Swiftly following the Stanton trade, The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna. That was awesome and Ozuna should be the big bat this team needs, and he is reportedly going to generate a ton of smiles.
But, then what happened? There was a run on mid-level relievers signing 2-3 year deals, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs each signed back of the rotation starters. That is not very exciting.
Being teased About potential trades
Then came the teases. We were teased about a possible blockbuster involving Tampa Bay potentially dealing Chris Archer, Alex Colome, and Evan Longoria. The rumored suitor for all three? You got it, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Did that happen? No. Longoria, the least exciting player of the three was shipped to San Francisco to add to their aging overpaid core. Colome and Archer remain on the Rays.
Then we were teased about Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado. The best suitors for both? You got it, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Did those deals happen? No. The Orioles recently said they were moving on from Machado and Toronto thinks it can compete next year for some reason. Both teams are making terrible decisions in keeping their star third basemen in their walk years when they have no chance in a stacked American League East.
Other names that have surfaced on the trade market are Michael Fulmer of Detroit, Danny Duffy of Kansas City, Zack Greinke of Arizona, Gerrit Cole of Pittsburgh, and Jose Abreu of Chicago. Have any of those players switched teams? No.
What has happened? Surely in the face of all of these rumored trades and fits for free agents some big move has occurred. Right? Right??? Nothing.
Not one of the top 10 free agents landed new jobs. None of the top starting pitchers landed new jobs. If you are a power-hitting position player, you are still unemployed.
J.D. Martinez had a historic second half of the season and hit 45 homers last year. Does he have a job? No.
Eric Hosmer was one of the best offensive first basemen in baseball last year. He found a job, right? Wrong.
There are top-flight bullpen arms available in Wade Davis, Greg Holland, and Addison Reed (to name a few) and none of those guys have jobs.
The St. Louis Cardinals Should Ignite the Hot Stove
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Many of the above-listed players could help the St. Louis Cardinals leapfrog the Chicago Cubs as favorites in the NL Central (nobody cares about you and your Yovanni Gallardo signing Milwaukee – go home, you’re drunk).
The St. Louis Cardinals were bandied about as poised to be one of the most active teams. At times, the press reported interest in an impact bat (in addition to Ozuna), a closer, and a potential deal for an ace. Go out and get all of the above!
The St. Louis Cardinals need to take advantage of the slow-moving market and strike to acquire the targets that will make this team not only a contender but also a favorite to win the division. The inactivity has gone on long enough and this team needs to pull the trigger on some deals. Hell, we need something else to write about over here!
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What do you think? Will the St. Louis Cardinals be the team to ignite the transactional frenzy that will be January? Who is on your wish list to sign/acquire? Leave a comment or a reply on Twitter and let me know what you think!