The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly active in the shortstop market
Prior to this tweet, Morosi was on MLB Network and connected the Cardinals to the shortstops further.
"One team that I think has been a little quite, but I am sure is active in the shortstop market is the St. Louis Cardinals…they’ve been waiting for a long time to make a major free agent splash, this might be the winter they do that, with shortstop."
There have been conflicting reports this off-season about how much interest the Cardinals would have in a major shortstop, as both Jon Heyman and Derrick Goold have linked St. Louis to the market in some form or fashion. Should we expect them to go as hard as other teams may go after Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, or Dansby Swanson? Probably not. But this report seems to indicate they are doing more than just “checking in” on the star shortstops.
The Cardinals remain heavily linked to Oakland Athletics’ catcher Sean Murphy as well, which could be a reason why they are also probing the shortstops. If they pull of a trade for Murphy, it will surely require Nolan Gorman or Maysn Winn as the centerpiece, opening up a move for Tommy Edman to second base long term if the Cardinals want to go after a shortstop.
Expect news of this to ramp up over the course of today and the rest of the Winter Meetings, as many expect multiple of the shortstops to sign by the end of the week.