While we all debate over the merits of such a move, Troy Renck of the Denver Post said he expects the Cardinals to purse Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki this offseason.
Renck said he thinks the Rockies would like to hang on to their franchise player. But he said it may sway Colorado to let Tulo go if the Cardinals are willing to part with a package of young, major league-ready talent. Names on the want list include Matt Adams, Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong and Carlos Martinez.
While Taveras has raised some eyebrows by missing half the Class AAA season with a more serious than originally believed ankle injury, Adams has raised his stock considerably of late with his recent power surge thanks to regular playing time. And Carlos Martinez could seriously enhance his value with more performances like his eighth inning of work Monday against the Washington Nationals.
I've said before that I thought the Cardinals are almost forced to trade from their strengths of pitching and lefty bats to fill holes in the roster because they have too many players to use them all.
Going into the 2014 season, the Redbirds have the following players who are legitimate contenders for a spot in the starting rotation: Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly, Martinez, John Gast, Tyler Lyons and Jaime Garcia. And lets not forget relievers Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal who have a history -- and a desire -- to be starting pitchers.
That being said, most residents of Cardinals Nation were of the belief that Taveras would be patrolling centerfield for St. Louis by now. If the Cardinals would have dealt Matt Adams at the trade deadline, the club would have Brock Peterson as its starting first baseman.
Anyway, it is interesting that Renck is so confident the Cardinals are going to make a bid for Tulowitzki while most of the fans believe the Rockies shortstop's contract would scare off any potential suitor.
I'd love to see Tulo in red. But if general manager John Mozeliak traded for him, it would be the riskiest move of Mo's career.