The club is primed to be active in the trade market, who should they be calling?
The St. Louis Cardinals have a variety of ways they could choose to improve this off-season, and the main way they may choose to do so is through the trade market.
Although the club has money to spend, they are likely priced out of the biggest names on the market, and there are not a lot of clear fits within their projected payroll constraints. The Cardinals are not afraid to make a splash when the value is there, but in their organization’s history, that tends to be through the trade market, rather than handing out mega-deals in free agency.
On top of the payroll implications, the Cardinals have a lot of assets that they can pool together right now. From a variety of young players already on the major league roster who are fighting for similar roles on the club, as well as a deep farm system that has some elite talent, they can afford to cash in their chips to improve the club’s chances in 2023.
There are also a lot of interesting trade partners out there this off-season. Typically, teams who are looking to contend are calling rebuilding teams to acquire that new talent. In today’s game, there are a lot of contenders looking to trade from areas of strength to improve in areas of weakness, making trading with fellow contenders more and more normal. There is a good mixture of sellers and buyers that St. Louis should be calling. Here are a list of the top team’s they should be on the phone with.