The St. Louis Cardinals have money to spend this offseason, and an MLB insider is reporting they will be in on the superstar shortstop market.
According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to join a number of teams in pursuing the top shortstops on the market this offseason – Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, and Dansby Swanson.
The Cardinals have been utilizing breakout star Tommy Edman as their primary shortstop this season, but could use a major upgrade at the position and move Edman back to second base. St. Louis already has one of the best lineups in all of baseball, but adding one more major bat at the shortstop position would allow them to compete with the likes of the Dodgers and Braves in the National League.
Here are the different shortstops available this offseason and what it may take to get each of them for St. Louis.
The best shortstop available this offseason. Trea Turner would not only be an huge upgrade at shortstop for St. Louis, but he would be the perfect fit for their lineup as well.
The 29-year old is slashing .300/.345/.471 with 20 HR, 97 RBI and 26 SB on the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Turner would slot in as the perfect leadoff or two hole hitter for St. Louis, areas of their lineup that have been in constant turnover all season.
Turner is a great defensive shortstop as well with the flexibility to play second base and the outfield as well. In recent seasons, Turner has had his OPS above .900 and OBP close to .400. Turner is an elite player who can make a true MV3 with Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
The two major issues for St. Louis in pursuing Turner is his price tag and desire to play on the East Coast. Turner has openly talked about his desire to return to the East Coast at some point, and it’s hard to imagine a market outside of Los Angeles keeping him away from there. The way to do that would be to make him an offer he cannot refuse, and Turner is already expected to receive a deal approaching $300 million.
Unlike last year’s shortstop market, Turner is the kind of player who can live up to a $300 million deal. The question would really be whether or not St. Louis is comfortable with that number, and if Turner would come to play there.