St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Team Wisely Looking to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton

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Rumors circulating around Cardinals Nation suggest the St. Louis Cardinals are looking to make major changes in an effort to remain relevant in the N.L. Central race. One of those rumors involves Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. At just 24, Stanton is reaching his peak and is in fact demoralizing pitchers to the tune of a .296 average, 11 home runs, 40 RBIs, and a .985 OPS in 37 games.

Of course for this to happen, the team would have to give something up-namely a young arm and either the bats of Allen Craig or Matt Adams, plus possibly Jon Jay or Peter Bourjos. The Marlins are not known for actually attempting to keep good players, yet for some reason, they keep developing them. It is not entirely clear the club is not acting as a defacto farm system for teams trying to win championships.

Craig has struggled, and while Adams has hit for average, his power his been minimal. Insofar as the young arms go, those would seem to be Shelby Miller or Lance Lynn, though Joe Kelly, or Kevin Siegrist can’t be ruled out as possibles. The Cardinals have to do something because the team is hitting as if they are afraid of injuring the ball. The team cannot be expected to contend with such a lackluster offense. Moreover, Stanton is the kind of big gregarious personality, and game-changing power bat, the Cardinals have lacked since Albert Pujols, and it is time for pitchers to quake in their boots again.

The Cardinals are still interested in stomping the NL, but it may take Bigfoot’s arrival to do it.

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  • dbutler3

    jay grichuk and lyons for Stanton and Donavan solano

    • cardinals fan

      That would be lovely if your a Cardinals fan.

      Jeffery Loria is not exactly a good GM, but if he made that trade everybody would be calling for his job. You cant trade arguably the best young outfielder not named Mike Trout for a guy like Jay and 2 rookies that have yet to prove themselves.

  • NoNames7225

    LOL! I can’t believe I actually clicked this nonsense!

  • Paule Glandt

    Id make that trade all day and twice on Sunday,basically giving up nothing for a top notch player.It would be stupid to not make thaty deal

  • Ron Pecinovsky

    Stanton would be one player worth a hitter, a throw in, and a pitcher. He would be invaluable as a player and crowd draw. It all depends if Mo believes in the players he has or wants to shake things up. The club has a wealth of talent in the outfield and pitcher in the minors. Let it play out. I would love to see some offense.

  • Patrick Keller

    Stanton stays in Miami for 2014 and watch the Red Sox grab him for 2015 . I would love to see him as a Dodger but i just don’t see the Dodgers giving up on Puig and a Ace arm . Would like to see him in Detroit also but not going to happen . Move over Trout ,Harper here comes Stanton 325. 11 hr 42 rbi 611 slg 1049 ops .

  • AB4EYE

    As dumb as that is you should be happy someone ran with it. Because its going to take a fuck load more than Miller and Craig to get Stanton. The Dodgers would give up what ever it took to bring back home including Puig.

  • AB4EYE

    More like incompetent.

    Mo isn’t giving up the kind of talent that it would take to get Stanton in a bidding war, when he knows he’s got to then pay him a ton of money to keep him.

  • Ray DeRousse

    Like I say in the article, the source is someone in the organization. We’ve been right multiple times. If it’s wrong or doesn’t happen, oh well… Such is the nature of these things. But I couldn’t pass up discussing it. You can choose to discount it; I really don’t care.

  • AB4EYE

    A broken clock is right twice a day.

    Its not even realistic to think the Cardinals would spend all this time building up their pipeline only to part with the off the charts amount of talent it would take to get Stanton in a bidding war when everyone would be after him.

    Then once you rape your system of at least 4 good players and give up international money you will have to lock him up. And that could be 300M since the kids the games best HR hitter and just turned 24 six months or so ago.

  • Ray DeRousse

    I’m not sure what the Marlins might want in return for Stanton (I know I’d ask for the moon), but this is a known fact: Loria is one of the worst baseball minds to ever own a baseball team. He thinks money before anything else. I don’t believe he has any intention of paying Stanton (one reason why this rumor has some merit), and the Cardinals are in the best position to trade players to get him. The big question (if the Cards really want him) is this: what combination gets it done?
    Personally, I don’t think the Cards consider it without losing a higher-salaried player like Craig. Adding $10-$15M for a Stanton deal (in addition to Craig’s money, already budgeted) fits better than paying the whole $25M AAV it would take to keep him. Again, that’s another reason why I considered the source’s rumor more substantial that idle chatter.