Bold St. Louis Cardinals predictions for the 2020 season
The Cardinals make a significant mid-season trade
This might be the boldest prediction on this list if you look at the Cardinals track record at the trade deadline in recent seasons. I’m also unsure how eager teams will be to make trades in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. With the economic landscape of the sport up in the air in the short term, it’s possible we’ll see some teams looking to shed salary.
It’s also possible that more teams will still be realistically in the playoff race and thus less likely to trade away assets from their major league team. I can’t say with any certainty how I expect the trade deadline to shake out this season, but I’m predicting a splash from the Cardinals.
With some money coming off the books after the season and even more after the 2021 season, alongside a consistently loyal fanbase that will probably be ready and willing to rush back to Busch Stadium whenever fans are allowed again, the Cardinals might be in a position to pounce on a deal if a difference-maker is available.
Another thought here is that the Cardinals might see this as their last potential run with Adam Wainwright and/or Yadier Molina (both have expiring contracts) and might try to puncture this era of Cardinals baseball with another run for a title.