The St. Louis Cardinals need to make changes this offseason and one place they should look would be to free-agents-to-be who are playing now in the postseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians have made nice trade partners in the past and this could be rekindled in the offseason yet again. Rather than making a swap for players, the Cardinals might target one (or more) of the 13 to-be free agents from the Indians.
Of course the big name in question is Josh Donaldson. Donaldson went to the Indians as a rental that didn’t actually increase their odds of surviving the postseason as the Cleveland front office had hoped. Would he make a good addition to the St. Louis Cardinals?
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If they made this move, the Cards would need to devote a good deal of money. Donaldson earned $28M in 2018 but his value is approximately only $18M. The best guess on him, however, is that he will go to the team who offers him $30M or beyond.
Outside of Donaldson, I would love to see the St. Louis Cardinals take a stab at Oliver Perez, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen. All are relief pitchers who could dramatically help the Cardinals in 2019 and beyond.
I’d love to see the Cards offer Allen $11M, Perez $2.5M, and Miller $10.5M. I think they could be had for those figures.
Stay tuned for more trade rumors as additional teams are eliminated from postseason play.
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