Could Cardinals fans soon be giving thanks for a new slugger?
Possibly, according to ESPN’s David Schoenfield. In an article posted at ESPN.com detailing the top offseason priority for each team, Schoenfield says the Cardinals need to add a big bopper.
That’s no surprise to Cardinals fans who watched the 2018 team struggle to score and ultimately miss the postseason for the third consecutive season.
But the big news from the Schoenfield piece is that St. Louis has reportedly had talks with Arizona about Paul Goldschmidt. Earlier in November, Schoenfield laid out why the Cardinals should trade for Goldschmidt and pitcher Zack Greinke.
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Ken Rosenthal also says the two teams that have had the most substantial discussions about Goldschmidt are the Cardinals and Astros.
While no move appears imminent, a trade could be struck during the Winter Meetings that start Dec. 9 in Las Vegas.
In the piece, Schoenfield also suggests that the Cardinals could ultimately forgo a trade and instead try to sign a free agent. He specifically mentions Josh Donaldson, who would take over third base and allow Matt Carpenter to stay at first, which would also help improve the team’s defense.
How much interest do Cardinals have in Michael Brantley?
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the St. Louis front office is keeping tabs on free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.
Earlier this week, Cardinals team President Bill DeWitt III said the team had the money to chase a bigger free agent — namely Bryce Harper.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold countered Morosi’s tweet, saying the team would have to miss out on other players before committing to Brantley.
Brantley, who has been an all-star each of the past two seasons, is coming off a year in which he played 143 games, hit 17 homers and batted .309 for the Cleveland Indians. Baseball Reference lists his 2018 WAR as 3.6 as he helped Cleveland win the AL Central for the third straight season.