J.D. Martinez would provide a veteran presence
J.D. Martinez has been an intriguing option as an outfielder and, most recently, a designated hitter.
During his final season with the Boston Red Sox, he hit .274/.341/.448 with an OPS of .789. He knocked 16 home runs and 62 RBI. While his numbers were a little lower in 2022 than in the previous season, it’s possible the righty could use a change in scenery.
Playing St. Louis could provide just the change in scenery Martinez could use. He would be adored by fans the second he came to bat just for the possibility. He would feel that love and become energized to take charge at the plate or whatever position he is placed in.
While he is 35 and on the decline, Martinez could get a jolt from the exciting environment that St. Louis provides. This season, he could become the needed right-handed designated hitter option the Cardinals seek.
Martinez could be a lower-cost, high-benefit option for the Cardinals could benefit during the long season ahead, as they need his bat. He could also provide a veteran backup for a young and struggling outfield. It’s an option the Cardinals should look into.