The St. Louis Cardinals need more production from the offense as a whole. In Baltimore, there is a player who has the versatility that could help.
The St. Louis Cardinals offense can explode if the night is right, We have seen the bats blow out teams every once in a while, but all too often do the bats go silent and the team rolls over and loses.
This needs to be addressed.
Multiple players are underperforming for sure, (see Matt Carpenter/ Paul Goldschmidt) but the talent and personalities on this team need to be altered. Whatever the plan was from the beginning of the season isn’t working.
Regardless of what the standings say, anyone watching the games could tell you this isn’t a good team right now. A bat needs to be added to the lineup regardless of where and who it replaces.
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As bad as some of us may believe the Cardinals are, they are not even close to the worse team in the league. That would be the Baltimore Orioles. Currently, the Orioles are 22-58 and are 30.0 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that they are rebuilding, so it wouldn’t be surprising for them to try and sell off a player or two.
Of the names on their roster, there are a couple of players that are intriguing, but none more than Trey Mancini.
Mancini is currently 27 years old and was an 8th round draft pick in 2013. He’s been quietly putting together a very solid start to his career after his debut in 2016 but this year has been the best by far.
Mancini currently sports a .303/.362/.557 slash line with 17 homers and 37 RBI’s. If you are going strictly by OPS+, adding Mancini would immediately make him the Cardinals best hitter by 21%.
The 6-4/215 pounder is primarily a left fielder or first baseman, but he’s played both corner outfield positions and given the current performance of the team, I don’t care who has to shuffle around in the outfield, his bat would play. Mancini isn’t anything special in the outfield, he has the same DRS in right field as Jose Martinez (-8) and he’s exactly average at left field.
Now Mancini likely wouldn’t be cheap, he is obviously still at the beginning of his prime and won’t be a free agent until 2023.
I don’t care about the price. Make the team better.
If I were the Cardinals, I would start the package with Tyler O’Neill. There’s going to have to be a young pitcher or two in there because a rebuilding Orioles team won’t have any interest in veteran outfielders.
This year feels like the team needs a shakeup like what happened in 2015 when John Mozeliak traded away Allen Craig and Joe Kelly for the feisty John Lackey. There needs to be a culture shock for this clubhouse and someone has gotta go for that to happen.
Mancini isn’t a name that I have heard at all really around baseball as a name who is even on the trade block, but it would make sense that Mozeliak could pry him from Baltimore. As the calendar flips to July, we should get a clearer picture each day as to how the team is gonna approach the trade deadline. If the Cardinals don’t wave a white flag on 2019 (they won’t), Mancini is a man who would definitely help.