Well, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just over a month and the baseball season is getting closer to us, which means the offseason is almost over. This offseason, John Mozeliak and the Cardinals have made key additions in relief pitcher Brett Cecil and center fielder Dexter Fowler. I, for one, think the Cardinals have improved a bit by making these additions. No, not enough to win back the division, but a step in the right direction and hopefully a wildcard spot. However, some would argue that Dexter Fowler isn’t the guy that the Cardinals needed. Some would also say that the Cardinals need another starting pitcher, and the majority of Cardinal Nation agrees that the Redbirds need to acquire another bat. So, we will play a game of would you rather…
Throughout this offseason, the Cardinals have been ‘rumored’ to be in on almost any player out there. Was it all true? I would say most of it was false, but what do I know? Cardinal Nation has discussed the possibility of Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, Justin Turner, Edwin Encarnacion and so on, but guess what. The Cardinals acquired none of those guys.
Most would say that they now don’t expect Mozeliak to make any moves, because as everyone knows, he isn’t the guy to make any big deals unless it’s a do-or die-situation. But, even if we know he most likely isn’t going to make a move, why not still dream about it?
Trumbo was reportedly offered a four-year deal worth more than $50M by the Orioles, but that offer was taken off the table, and it is un-likely that he re-signs with Baltimore, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. I would expect Trumbo to sign a two or three-year deal eventually, for around $15M+ a year. In 2016, Trumbo held a .256/.316/.533 slash line, while he hit 47 home runs and drove in 108 runs.
Bautista on the other hand is reportedly looking for a one-year deal, now that his market hasn’t turned out like expected. The Blue Jays are still in talks with Bautista about a return, according to reports, but they wouldn’t be upset to see him go elsewhere. I would expect Bautista to sign a one-year deal and get a hefty amount of money for that year. Last season with Toronto, Bautista held a .234/.366/.452 slash, as he hit 22 home runs and drove in 69 runs in only 116 games.
If the Cardinals were to sign either of these players, you would most likely see Matt Carpenter move back to third base. If it were Trumbo, he would likely take over first himself, but if it were Bautista, some have suggested moving Piscotty to first and play Bautista in his usual spot, right field.
Bautista has only played first base for 154 innings in his whole career, held a perfect field percentage, but saved -2 runs, according to the defensive runs saved stat. Trumbo has played 3046.0 innings at first and has committed only 22 errors with a .993 fielding percentage while saving 12 defensive runs. To me, Trumbo is obviously the better first baseman of the two and has pretty fine offensive numbers as well.
Both players have their flaws, but I don’t think either of them would impact the Cardinals in a bad way. My choice would be Mark Trumbo if Mozeliak decided to sign one of them, but we all know he most likely won’t. Anyways, who is your choice and how big of a deal would you give them?
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