Who do you most want to see the St. Louis Cardinals trade?
Dexter Fowler and Brent Cecl are a too easy responses and hard to deal. I hate to say this, but Kolten Wong. Wong’s defense is superb and he has hit in the past. With a fresh take from a different hitting coach, he may excel.
If the Cards add a Moustakas or Machado, he is the one that becomes expendable in my opinion. Carpenter and Gryko can move around, and you don’t want to get rid of Jose Martinez, your best hitter. Wong could draw some interest from other teams, since his contract is affordable to absorb.
Whether it’s obvious or not, Dexter Fowler is my choice. The team can offload him as they’ve shown with Mike Leake. Some team will take a chance on Dexter, but it should not be us. He has been terrible and his effort – especially on defense – has been lackluster at best. There is no reason that someone as athletic and fast as he is should be so terrible in right field.
It is also interesting that a guy who is supposed to be a good clubhouse guy is becoming such a toxic media presence. We heard nothing about him not fitting in well in St. Louis last year when he had a pretty good year (other than injuries). It’s pretty telling that you are hearing things about him not fitting in this year – when he is struggling. News flash, you don’t fit in here if you don’t play to your potential. This isn’t the Chicago Cubs and we do not accept long periods of mediocrity – our focus is winning.
I think we should try to deal Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong. Fowler is the second worst player in baseball according to fWAR, behind only Chris Davis. He is well below average in all aspects of the game. He’s already 32. Do you think anything is going to get better at this age/point? Bad contract by the St. Louis Cardinals.
I have rooted for Wong since we drafted him. While he is a superb defensive player, he just has never amounted to anything at the offensive level, posting an OPS+ of 88 for his career. If we can deal him for an upgrade at second or third, do it.
Jose Martinez. I don’t really see this happening but he is the club’s best chance to land someone from the AL. Martinez sucks as a first baseman, has too many errors, but has a great bat and that would look really nice for an AL team needing a DH.
In a perfect world, Kolten Wong goes away. This goes back well before this year. I have never believed in him, and he just keeps getting opportunity. If the team were hitting, and his defense were there, then that would be helping the team. However, without offense, the defense is just not as important. I know they won’t trade him, but that my ideal trade chip.
Thank you for reading, keep an eye out for next weeks roundtable. Let’s hope for some movement from the St. Louis Cardinals!