While the Cardinals’ focus in free agency will be the bullpen, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that they’re going to be actively seeking out bats as well. And because the market for middle-of-order sluggers figures to be so costly, they’ll be looking to engage in trade talks to land a big-time position player or two.
Goold specifically names Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, both of whom have been mentioned at various points as being available this winter. Yelich has a much more team-friendly deal and is perhaps less likely to be dealt as a result, but Stanton and the $285 million he’s owed over the next decade doesn’t really fit Derek Jeter’s modus operandi. But wait, wouldn’t that kind of shoot the hell out of the idea that the Cards are a small-market, homegrown team that doesn’t buy wins?
[T]he Cardinals have reportedly made one of their best young pitchers available if the Derek Jeter ownership will take back some of the money… Peter Gammons
Because the Marlins have a stated desire to flat-out dump salary, the return for Stanton might not be commensurate with his actual value. If they’re willing to eat some …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider