If the St. Louis Cardinals really want to compete with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, the team will need to do something.
There appear to be some holes in the St. Louis Cardinals roster that need to be addressed. and many more.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals made a major move to address a much-discussed issue: Paul De Jong. The shortstop is sent to the Cardinals AAA affiliate in Memphis, where he will work to improve his hitting ability. He hits .130/.209/.208.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals will try to find another solution at shortstop, which will keep their eyes on Edmundo Sousa, Brendan Donovan and Kramer Robertson, the latter of whom Grew up on De Jong’s moves.
Second baseman Tommy Edman will also look at shortstop. According to MLB.com’s John Denton, the Cardinals have been reluctant to short Edman because “he’s been one of the most productive offensive and defensive players in the league this season.”
Edman hit .290/.388/.460 with three homers. He saved eight defensive runs at second base for the Cardinals.
Many fans hoped that if Edman was named shortstop, it would ensure that Nolan Gorman would advance to second base.
That issue, coupled with ongoing concerns about pitching, means the Cardinals have a lot of work to do. The team will need some help this summer and may have to make some trades to achieve their ultimate goal of going further in the playoffs.
Let’s take a look at some of the candidates who might be in the Cardinals trade block.