St. Louis loads up for 2022 and beyond
If this deal gets pulled off in the coming days, the Cardinals will have found a way to load up for 2022 while not compromising the long term future of the club, and solidifying themselves as legit contenders in 2023 and 2024 as well. This framework is honestly the best case scenario for St. Louis.
Giving up Gorman and Winn stings, but neither player will come close to the level of player Soto is. Gorman was most recently a top 100 prospect and has shown great potential. But keep in mind, Gorman is only 1 year younger than Soto, and is now slashing .223/.229/.411 in 194 PA for St. Louis. HIs .710 OPS and 9 HR are respectable for sure, but his major struggles against left handed pitching a high strikeout rate are still concerns.
Winn is rising up prospect boards around the game as he is thriving as an elite defensive shortstop and now showing promising results at the plate. It would sting to see the shortstop making highlight plays in Washington, but again, parting with him for a generational bat is a no-brainer.
While its hard to tell whether Carlson or other prospects will complete the package, we now know the Cardinals would be boasting a lineup with Soto, Goldschmidt, Arenado, Edman, O’Neill, Bader, and possibly Carlson, with another elite talent in Jordan Walker likely joining the fold next season. This is some legit firepower that likely no one else in baseball could replicate.
For 2022 and beyond, the Cardinals would hope that Corbin would be rejuvenated a bit coming to St. Louis, being a patchwork arm for now and possibly even regaining some of his success to be a dependable, back end of the rotation lefty for the foreseeable future. With Steven Matz landing on the IL this week, adding some kind of arm is much needed.
Whatever happens, it is clear that a deal with Washington for Soto is no longer league speculation, but a legit reality on the table for St. Louis right now. Keep your push notifications on, as their could be a blockbuster brewing.