No. 1: Paul Goldschmidt
The clear-cut National League MVP so far, Paul Goldschmidt has to be the most untouchable player for St. Louis.
Tied for the WAR lead in all of baseball at 4.4, Goldschmidt is setting the league on fire, hitting .341/.423/.625 with 19 HR and 65 RBI. Goldschmidt leads all of baseball in OBP and OPS+, and the National League in runs, hits, average, slugging, and total bases. Goldschmidt is arguably the most feared hitter in all of baseball at this moment.
Goldschmidt is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career and has proven that his age cannot deter him from mashing baseballs. Goldschmidt remains one of the best defensive first baseman at age 34, and with the addition of the DH in the National League, he will be able to be an extremely valuable player, even if his range begins to give way.
On top of his MVP run in 2022, Goldschmidt is still under contract at a bargain price the next two seasons, making $22 million per year. Ken Rosenthal recently detailed how deep his impact goes for the Cardinal organization for The Athletic.
If teams were to call St. Louis about Goldschmidt’s availability, the only question to wonder is how many seconds it would take for the phone to be hung up. Goldschmidt is the best player the Cardinals have had since prime Albert Pujols, and the club will look to hold onto him as long as they can.