By Illya Harrell on June 30, 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals, as of June 30, are in a five-way tie for the three NL Wild Card spots. Playing in the NL's toughest division, the Central, they need to bolster their injury-prone starting staff and improve their middle infield if they want some breathing room in September. These are a few of the guys who they should move.
Randal Grichuk will be forever known as the guy who was drafted one pick ahead of Mike Trout. He's a defensive wiz, and was tabbed best minor league glove in right by Rawlings last season. At the dish, Grichuk has the discipline of an espresso-jacked chimpanzee. He's still only 22 years old and could be packaged in a deal for Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.
Tyrell Jenkins, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher, turned down a football scholarship from Baylor to sign with the Cardinals in 2010. Lat and shoulder injuries have slowed his progress through the farm system. Fully recovered, he's pitching in high-A ball. He throws a mid-90s fastball and a hard curve. If Jenkins stays healthy, he'll likely hit the majors in 2016. He, along with Grichuk, would be more than enough to land Utley.
Something needs to be done about the clogged St. Louis outfield. Even with a career .293 batting average, Jay appears to be the odd man out. There don't seem to be many shortstops available at the 2014 trade deadline, but if the Cardinals can find one, Jay is available.
After what would have been a career year last season, the Cardinals signed Jhonny Peralta to a hefty four-year deal. He slashed .303/.457/.815 a year ago with the Detroit Tigers in a PED suspension-shortened season. There is no sane GM who will pick up his contract. That leaves Texas and GM Jon Daniels as the only option. The Cards should trade him for a bag of Ruffles.
The Cards keep saying they won't trade their No. 1 prospect. Taveras will end up a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate. He's been compared to (sans steroids) Gary Sheffield. With David Price on the market and only 28-years-old, a one-two punch of Adam Wainwright and Price is too good to turn down.
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