St. Louis Cardinals: Predicting a potential Juan Soto trade

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 18: National League All-Star Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after winning the 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 18: National League All-Star Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after winning the 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 19: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals looks on against the American League during the 92nd MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 19: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals looks on against the American League during the 92nd MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The no-deal predictions

Ultimately, no deal has been agreed upon, and it is still very much up in the air whether or not St. Louis would be willing to part with what is necessary to acquire Soto. Other teams appear to be lurking as well, and the Nationals could even decide to wait until the offseason.

With that in mind, here are the writers who do not believe a Soto deal is on the horizon for the Cardinals.

J.T. Buchheit (@jbuc14)

A lot of people seem to think that you can make this trade without giving up your top prospects like Jordan Walker or Masyn Winn, which I think is laughable. Soto is obviously generational, but this would give the Cardinals essentially three chances to win a title before they become what the Nationals are now, and that’s if they manage to re-sign Soto.

They’d have a barren farm system and one guy who can mash after Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado retire. This isn’t the way the Cardinals have found success over the past two and a half decades.

Russ Robinson (@frrobinson1957)

I understand Juan Soto would be a great addition to the Cardinals. Definitely one of the great young players in the game. But I’m going to be the contrarian. A blockbuster trade at the Trade Deadline is not in the personality of this Front Office. The big trades or attempted blockbuster trades have been done in the off-season by this franchise. For example, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Aranado, and the attempted trade for Giancarlo Stanton were all during the offseason.

Additionally, the Cardinals are in desperate need of rotation help, especially since we now know Steven Matz is unavailable for the foreseeable future. However, if the Cardinals do pull off this trade, I like my crow well done.

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