Re-tooling the St. Louis Cardinals Roster for 2020

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: General manager John Mozeliak on the field before Game One of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: General manager John Mozeliak on the field before Game One of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 22: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals gestures skyward as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Busch Stadium on June 22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 22: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals gestures skyward as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Busch Stadium on June 22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images) /

Trade #1: Three team trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Cleveland Indians

Cardinals get: Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles

Blue Jays get: Alex Reyes, Tyler Freeman, Luis Oviedo, and Yu Chang

Indians get: Marcell Ozuna and Jose Martinez

Start with a blockbuster, huh? Stroman and Giles are attractive pitchers for this type of re-tool due to their extended contractual control. They fit the bill for competing next year, while also improving upon what is currently in St. Louis.

The Indians need outfield help more than any team in baseball. That makes two big-hitting corner outfielders that much more attractive. This would solve a big need in Cleveland, without completely selling off the future.

Toronto gets the big haul they desire for their best pitchers. Reyes is a former top prospect with an electric fastball and knee-buckling curveball. Slowed by injuries, a change of scenery may be just what he needs.

Freeman (Indians #3, MLB #86 prospect) is a 20-year old bat first middle infielder who is currently in A ball. Oviedo (Indians #8) is a hard-throwing right-handed starter with three reliable secondary pitches. He is also currently in A ball. Lastly, Chang (Indians #11) is a right-handed SS/3B power bat. Currently in AAA, Chang has the potential to hit for power at a premium position.

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