The St. Louis Cardinals began the 2022 season with a lot of questions, but the central story for a while was how the shortstop position would be handled throughout the season.
After beginning the season with Paul DeJong and Edmundo Sosa fighting for time at short, the club decided to call up prospect Nolan Gorman to play second base and moved Gold Glover Tommy Edman to shortstop. The move has proved to be the correct one this season, but now questions are arising about what to do with Sosa and DeJong.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that at least one AL West team has shown interest in Sosa, and with DeJong’s recent success in Triple-A and the Cardinals’ intention to make moves for pitching, it is easy to see how Sosa may be on the move with DeJong taking his place on the roster.
DeJong began 2022 off in the majors by slashing .130/.209/.208 with just a single homer and 7 RBI. His struggles were so bad that the club optioned him to Triple-A Memphis, where he has regained his old success, slashing .249/.313/.552 with 17 homers and 54 RBI on the season.
With Sosa being out of options and struggling at the big league level this year, finding his OPS at just .514, it may be wise for the club to capitalize on any interested teams and give DeJong another shot in St. Louis. Not only could it help them acquire pitching, but it may actually provide a boost to their lineup as well. Here is how a Sosa trade and DeJong promotion could greatly benefit St. Louis.