Who is one offensive player you think can fix the St. Louis Cardinals lineup?
I’ll go with Mike Moustakas, especially since I just put a piece up on him. Low cost low risk and likely the Cards can sign to an extension if they want. He can’t carry the Cards himself, but he would fit nicely in the lineup between Martinez and Ozuna.
I also think Mike Moustakas can fix the Cardinals lineup. Moustakas would bring power from the left side of the plate and could form a solid 1-2 punch with Ozuna. Add in Martinez and a surging Carpenter and we could see more two and three run home runs instead of solos.
I will go with Matt Chapman from the Oakland Athletics. The guy is one of the best defenders in the league, he has a lot of team control left, and he can swing it. He would solidify the infield defense and he would be a great number 5 or 6 hitter which would move Molina down to where he should be. These teams have done deals before and this is the kind of splash that could reconfigure the roster/infield and get this team clicking again.
I really like Whit Merrifield. The Royals are awful and their minor league system is rated dead last by most outlets so they need to deal some of their good players to replenish their system. He isn’t a free agent until 2023, so it might take a few good prospects to get him. But, we need to upgrade at second base (sorry Kolten Wong) and he’s a good fit.
The Cardinals have very few players who are good on both sides of the ball on the infield. Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez have been doing well offensively lately but are definitely below average in the field. That makes Mike Moustakas a great addition, but my best option would be Jose Abreu. I’d love to see his .281 average and 11 homers right before or after Ozuna in the lineup.
We talked a great deal about Moustakas during the offseason. Likewise we talked about Chapman and Merrifield in the recent podcast. I like all three of these names but my gut tells me that the Cardinals will do nothing and should do nothing.
One more hitter would simply go missed in this lineup unless others start hitting too. The perfect example of this is the time when Jose Martinez was on a tear and the others were not. The Cardinals need more than one hitter to make a difference and thus need to find this on the current team.
Whit Merrifield comes to mind. More so than anything else, it is his position. Kolten Wong has been great on defense, but the St. Louis Cardinals offense needs to score runs for that to matter. So even if Merrifield is not the option, the hope is that a move can be made to get more production from whoever is penciled in at second base, game in, and game out. Another name I like is Nicholas Castellanos. He could be extended by the team, but he is also expensive.