Tyler O'Neill joins his former teammate in New York
Cardinals receive: RHP Clayton Beeter
Yankees receive: OF Tyler O'Neill
This is obviously a smaller deal than the one made previously in this story with the Yankees, but it's another scenario worth monitoring.
Although Carlson has a lot of upside still as an outfielder, his bat just does not have the track record that O'Neill has, or at least hasn't reached the heights he has. The Yankees may prefer a smaller deal for O'Neill because of that bat, which is where I can see this fit here.
Even though Beeter just pitched in the MLB Futures Game and is in Triple-A right now, he's not even a top prospect in the Yankees system. Beeter has the kind of stuff the Cardinals often lack from their pitching prospects, which is why taking a flyer here just makes a ton of sense to me.
Trading O'Neill has a chance to come back to bite St. Louis, but it just feels like the path they will be going down here this week. It could be the Yankees or a number of other teams.