Cardinals: 5 teams that should trade for Harrison Bader

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the on-deck circle against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the second inning at Oracle Park on May 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the on-deck circle against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the second inning at Oracle Park on May 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 28: Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on July 28, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 28: Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on July 28, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Guardians

Another club with a huge hole in center field, Harrison Bader would be a major upgrade over Myles Straw if the Guardians want to sneak into the postseason in 2022 or prepare for a run in 2023.

The first name the Cardinals should be calling about is Shane Bieber. Bieber has yet to regain his Cy Young form this year, and there are some concerns with his dip in velocity, so the Guardians may feel compelled to move off of the right hander for the right package. Bader, Burleson or Yepez, and a few prospects could compel the Guardians to upgrade both their offense and their farm system at the expense of their ace.

If the price is too high or the Guardians would like to wait on that sort of move, starters Zach Plesac, Cal Quantrill, and Triston McKenzie would all make terrific upgrades to the St. Louis rotation. The advantage of moving a guy like Bader is when a team values him, he lessens the level of prospects the club would need to part with, which will be critical for maintaining roster flexibility.

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