Mike Trout would make St. Louis Cardinals the clear favorites in the National League
Mike Trout. Paul Goldschmidt. Nolan Arenado. Do I need to stay anything else?
Look at the potential lineup the Cardinals could roll out on Opening Day of 2023.
CF Dylan Carlson
RF Mike Trout
1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Nolan Arenado
DH Jordan Walker
2B Nolan Gorman
LF Tyler O’Neill
C Andrew Knizner/Ivan Herrera
SS Tommy Edman/Paul DeJong
If that doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of pitchers around the league, no lineup will. The club has 3 legit MVP level players batting 2, 3, and 4 in their lineup, with a budding superstar in Jordan Walker who could land in that conversation sooner than later. The depth that this roster has will allow Trout to DH more often, play centerfield less, and take more days off to care for his long term health.
If the club wants to acquire more pitching, guys like Tyler O’Neill, Tommy Edman, and Paul DeJong could be on the block to bring in controllable arms, with the likes of Brendan Donovan and Lars Nootbaar ready to step in.
On top of all of that, the club would still have guys like Winn, Hence, and others coming through the pipeline to provide future big league contributors to keep the roster in tact. This is one of the few organizations that could take on Mike Trout, compete for a World Series right now, and be set to compete for years to come.
To some fans, this deal may seem far fetched. But so would have a Soto, Mookie Betts, Goldschmidt, Arenado, and eventually Ohtani trades until they came to be.