St. Louis Cardinals: Four offseason scenarios for the Cardinals

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals tags out Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals at home plate to end the first inning at Nationals Park on September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals tags out Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals at home plate to end the first inning at Nationals Park on September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 21: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks smiles after the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on September 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

The St. Louis Cardinals have a lot of work to do this winter. From needing to sure up the bullpen, to adding an impact bat, and potentially adding depth to the starting rotation. There seem to be four impact bat scenarios floating around and each seem to be beneficial.

Scenario Three

Trading for Paul Goldschmidt. Trading for Goldschmidt is good in theory and we’d all probably still be more than happy with it.

However, there are a couple things to consider.

  1. Goldschmidt is in his final year of his contract. He would be expensive to trade for and there’s no guarantee they would be able to resign him.
  2. Almost certainly trading for Goldschmidt would also mean taking on Zack Greinke. While this helps bring depth to the pitching staff – Greinke would be 35 and still contracted through 2021 being owed $31.5M, $32M, and $32M in each of those seasons.

While both men would be great additions for 2019; the future with them is very unclear.

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