St. Louis Cardinals: Goldschmidt’s impact on the Cardinals depth
The Paul Goldschmidt trade was an incredible deal and brought the St. Louis Cardinals along in a big way, but it isn’t enough to be satisfied.
The St. Louis Cardinals have more than enough payroll and assets to keep the offseason acquisition train running. They have pieces, they have needs, and they have money, so the Cardinals should not be complacent simply because they made this move. We all know that there is still plenty of work to do.
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I don’t need all of these moves to happen for me to be happy; in fact, I don’t need any of them to happen. However, I do need the St. Louis Cardinals to do something more to fill the other needs that this team has.
Many of the assets that the Cardinals have will not have a value higher than it is right now because of Goldschmidt’s addition, so it is a good idea in my opinion to try and trade Martinez and Gyorko.
A caveat to all of this is that I looked at each of these moves individually. If the Cardinals trade for a left-handed bat, Dexter Fowler suddenly becomes more appealing to trade. If Patrick Wisdom isn’t ready to back first or third up, then maybe it would serve the team better for Martinez to remain in St. Louis as a backup.
Whatever the case may be, the Cardinals should be happy by this move not only for what it adds to the team, but for the moves that it potentially opens up. There is no doubt the Cardinals had plenty of assets to trade before this deal, and the team should try and take advantage of the overwhelming and expendable depth they currently have.