Although it was to be expected, the St. Louis Cardinals decided to stand pat at the trade deadline. While it made perfect sense and is completely understandable, some fans are still annoyed at the lack of activity.
The 2020 trade deadline, as a whole, was more active than most imagined. The big winners were certainly the San Diego Padres. They are a team on the rise and took advantage of their position. For St. Louis Cardinals fans, it was more of what fans have come to expect.
The last significant midseason trade for the Redbirds was the John Lackey acquisition in 2014. While the Cardinals have had very few games with the whole team available, it made sense to stand pat. As a fan, I wanted to see some action or even some rumors. But the team needs to see what they have and adjust in the offseason.
We know the team has needs that should be addressed. The rest of the 2020 season should serve as an audition for several players, particularly in the outfield. To be fair, the Cardinals (and some local media) did their best to downplay expectations at this trade deadline.
It is not a surprise to see the Cardinals stand pat at the trade deadline. This season it made total sense to do so, even if it is disappointing to fans hoping to see some moves. With the short season and all that the Cardinals have gone through, it is only fitting that this team sinks or swims together.
The offseason will be here soon enough, and a rough finish to the season might (should?) be convincing enough that the front office needs to change course and make some notable moves.
For now, this is the team. St. Louis Cardinals fans should rally around this group and hope for the best. It is fair to criticize the front office for standing pat, but in this case, it was the right move. The team needs to see what they have in this group of players and it didn’t make sense to trade future assets for a short term fix this season.
I understand, and relate, to fans who are frustrated. The Cardinals in recent memory have been quiet at the trade deadline. Normally the criticism is fair. For 2020, the St. Louis Cardinals made the right decision to stand pat. They are still in a playoff spot today, let’s roll the dice on what 2020 may become with this group.