St. Louis Cardinals: Cards who could be traded in the off-season.

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 7: First base coach Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals playfully tugs on the beard of Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 7: First base coach Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals playfully tugs on the beard of Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 7: First base coach Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals playfully tugs on the beard of Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Several St. Louis Cardinals on the current roster could be traded during this offseason.  Some may surprise you, others may not, and some may be your favorite Cardinal.

The St. Louis Cardinals will be active in the off-season trade market.  There are holes to fill, questions to answer in the lineup, questions in the starting rotation, and questions in the bullpen.  To fill these holes and answer those questions, the Cardinals will likely have to trade some members on the current roster.

Even though the St. Louis Cardinals are in the middle of a pennant race, it’s not too early to start talking about the offseason and the moves that could be made.

The starting rotation doesn’t have an ‘ace’ on the staff.  Jack Flaherty may be the closest pitcher the Cardinals have on the roster who could be an ace. Miles Mikolas, although he has been steady all season, is at best a three-spot in the rotation.  John Gant and Austin Gomber aren’t likely to fill an ace role, while Luke Weaver needs to work out his issues in the bullpen.

Fans may be hopeful for a return of Michael Wacha and Alex Reyes in 2019 but there must be concerns about their long-term health.

Do the St. Louis Cardinals need another ‘big bat’ in the lineup?  Could they upgrade at third base?  Is Paul DeJong the shortstop of the future?  Will Carson Kelly be the catcher of the future?  Does Jose Martinez belong in the outfield?  These are questions the Cardinals will need to address in the offseason.

What needs to be done to the bullpen in the offseason?  A closer needs to be established.  Is the answer on the current roster?  Even though the bullpen was outstanding in August, it has been erratic in September. Who on the current roster should be kept and who should be traded?

Let’s look at some players who could be traded in the 2018-19 off-season in order to address these issues.

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