Who do you think is the best trade piece that the St. Louis Cardinals have?
Dakota Hudson. I’m sure he could open and close a lot of negotiations with other teams. If the Cards go in this direction, he could add the bat piece and the bullpen piece that I think they need. Hudson should draw a lot of interest from other teams.
Despite his struggles at the dish during his short MLB career I would go with Carson Kelly. A .150 career average would scare teams off, but that has come in just 107 at-bats. Kelly is never going to get a chance to play in the near future barring Yadi getting hurt again. Soon to be 24, Kelly has shown he has the defensive skills, all he needs is his bat to translate to the bigs and his AAA numbers should be enough to convince teams he can turn things around.
The best trade piece the Cardinals have is Jack Flaherty. He is showing he can hang in the majors with the best of them. I do not think it is Reyes right now due to injuries and I do not think it’s Hudson because he hasn’t shown other teams he can do it at the MLB level. My second pick would be Weaver, and then Kelly because Kelly is a good defensive catcher with high upside – every team needs that.
Alex Reyes and Dakota Hudson. Reyes was once considered untouchable, and it still might be that way in the eyes of the organization. However, with his significant injury history, I would deal him for the right guy. Hudson does not have that injury history and has a 2.59 ERA in 246 career minor league innings. I do not think Flaherty is a trade piece at this time. He’s proven too valuable at the major league level and I now think he’s the untouchable guy.
I think Michael Wacha, once he is healthy, would be a great candidate to sell high on. Even with his trip to the 10 day DL, he is pitching like the guy we saw in the 2013 playoffs against the Pirates and I think now would be a great time to flip the 26 year old.
Jedd Gyorko, Patrick Wisdom, and Rangel Ravelo are names that the Cardinals should post out there for trades. Gyorko I’d hate to lose but recognize his value (especially in light of SD still paying some of his contract). Wisdom has no future with this team and needs to be playing in the majors. Ravelo is a rising star. That said, he- like Wisdom- probably has nowhere to go in this system unless the team moves Jose Martinez to the AL and I only see that happening if the team becomes complete sellers (which I think would be a mistake this season).
Carson Kelly is the best option, for sure. He is going to be blocked by Yadier Molina for the foreseeable future, and he is not developing like we thought he would. There is still enough buzz and defensive skill for his name to be worth something, though, Just do not trade Dakota Hudson, like, don’t even consider it.