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.