Trade Deadline Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

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Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

When your final game of the season comes on Halloween your team is doing something right. And when you can bring almost the exact same roster into the next season most people would expect you to be in a good position to make a similar run. Despite this, the St. Louis Cardinals are currently meandering around .500. With an organization with a high expectation of winning baseball and a well-stocked minor league system the Cardinals may be one of the biggest movers at the deadline.

The St. Louis offense excelled last season with runners in scoring position, a stat that carried them all year but let them down in the World Series. This season they are 19th in MLB in batting average wRISP. Players like Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta are well below their career averages.

The best way to counter bad hitting wRISP is hitting homers, and the Cardinals have no real power hitters. Peralta leads the team with 11 homeruns, and Matt Adams has caught fire in the last few weeks but the Cardinals still have the second fewest dingers in MLB. They are really missing the power of Carlos Beltran.

On the pitching side, the Cardinals have been everything you could ask for. They are sixth in baseball in ERA. That has been carried by the third best rotation ERA in MLB. Adam Wainwright has been masterful in nearly all of his starts, before injuring his shoulder, Michael Wacha was proving 2013 was no fluke and Lance Lynn has been going deeper into games. With Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia and Joe Kelly going down with injuries, the rotation is starting to be spread pretty thin.

The Cardinals have been unsuccessful in shaving games off of Milwaukee lead in the NL Central, but the last two times they made the playoffs as a wild card team they made it to at least the NLCS, so don’t expect any panic.

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  • john weitzman

    Interesting, your the first I have seen bring up names like Carter and Gonzales, Of which I would not give up any top prospects for ! If One of those two could be got for some lesser prospects its not bad.

    You mention Price which would be nice and I say nice not great ! He has not done well in the post season though he is in the AL east. Tampa would rape the Cardinals for him !

    You did not mention Longoria which is someone Mo should consider for 3rd and move Carp back to 2nd, Wong could than be utility or packaged in a deal. Longoria is price controlled for 4.5M , It makes sense to part with a few top prospects “Wong included” for a proven cost controlled player with power. Than Mo could go out and get a number 3 starter who can eat innings and not give up more top prospects.

    Its amazing how many people in the Post Dispatch are screaming for Beltre and his 17M which would be ridiculous to spend on an aging player on top of the prospects you loose even if he is having a good year.

    • Aaron Somers

      I get why the Cardinals would have interest in someone like Longoria, but why on Earth would Tampa Bay move him? He’s on a team friendly contract and he’s the clear face of that franchise.

      • john weitzman

        You just dont know especially since their sitting in the basement this year. For a handful of big lead ready prospects that the Cards are log jammed with Tampa just might deal him. Its just a thought since so many people are going crazy with out of their mind trades. like in many post people are screaming for Beltre and his 17.5M as an example !