St. Louis Cardinals: Reacting to Jenifer Langosch’s roster predictions
Another sentiment that Langosch expressed was the fact that she still believed that the St. Louis Cardinals would trade Jose Martinez. I am not particularly surprised, as Martinez was displaced from the lineup, fits better on an American League team, and the Cardinals are not particularly thin in depth.
Guys like Jedd Gyorko and Tyler O’Neill will presumably serve as bench units, while Jose provides the perfect mix of cheapness, production, team control, poor defense, and incompatible age with the younger core of the St. Louis Cardinals makes Jose Martinez a perfect trade candidate for them.
But other teams know this too, which has presumably made it somewhat difficult to get the value back from Martinez that he should command. His .305 average and .457 OPS should make him an appealing DH option, but the lack of home runs paired with questionable discipline, speed, and defense all hinder Martinez’s value.
If the Cardinals can’t find a player that they believe will be a major contributor to the Cardinals in the next several seasons in exchange for Martinez, the Cardinals might as well keep him. You might be worried that he takes a 25-man spot from a younger player that deserves it, or even a 40-man spot later in the season.
However, based on the way he has hit over the past two seasons, Martinez should provide more than enough as an above average pinch hitter to justify a postseason roster spot.
At the end of the day, the St. Louis Cardinals should be doing all they can to appeal to Paul Goldschmidt enough for him to want to stay in St. Louis. While an extension would be amazing and would keep the contention window open, his very subtle decline over the past several years and his advanced age only makes this year’s success even more pivotal for the future of the team.
Thus, this should be a year that the Cardinals should focus on being good in the present day. If you can’t find something like that to exchange for Jose Martinez, then you honestly shouldn’t trade him.