We are less than a week away from the All-Star break and moving closer to the MLB trade deadline on July 31st. Many fans are wondering whether or not General Manager John Mozeliak will be making a move to bolster the team’s offense. While we hear all of the different rumors of trades, let’s think back to the best trades the Cardinals have made. Here are the top 5 St. Louis Cardinals trades of all time.
5.) Kent Bottenfield and Adam Kennedy for Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds is arguably the best center fielder to put on a Cardinals uniform. Edmonds was known for making amazing catches on the field but he also had some power from the plate. The most memorable hit – his extra-inning home run against the Astros in game six of the 2004 NLCS to send the team to game seven. Edmonds had 385 career home runs, eight Gold Gloves and was a four-time All-Star.
4.) Leon Durham and Ken Reitz for Bruce Sutter
The Cardinals acquired Bruce Sutter in December of 1980 from the Atlanta Braves. Sutter helped the Cardinals win the 1982 World Series. He finished his career with 300 saves and was the 1979 NL Cy Young award winner. Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.
3.) Eli Marrero & JD Drew for Ray King, Jason Marquis and Adam Wainwright
This is the trade that still is one of the best trades the Cardinals have made. In December of 2003, the Cardinals acquired Ray King, Jason Marquis and Adam Wainwright for Eli Marrero and JD Drew. The Braves would hope to retain JD Drew, but he would move on from the club which makes this trade look even more favorable for the Cardinals. Marquis won 15 games for the Cards in 2004 and Wainwright is still one of the most dominant pitchers in the league. Wainwright has been in four World Series, winning two of them, and is still looking for his first Cy Young Award of his career.
2.) Gary Templeton for Ozzie Smith
This was close to being our pick for the #1 Cardinals trade of all time – Gary Templeton for Ozzie Smith. “The Wizard” is perhaps the greatest shortstop of all time. The Cards acquired Smith in 1982 from the Padres. Smith earned 13 Gold Glove Awards, 11 with St. Louis. He also played 14 of his 15 All-Star games as a Cardinal. Smith was famous for his home run from the left side of the plate that led to Jack Buck’s famous call: “Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!”
1.) Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz and Doug Clemens for Lou Brock and two others
The Chicago Cubs may have cursed themselves even more in 1964 with the curse of the Brock. Or maybe it was just a huge mistake on their part. Lou Brock went on to six All-Star Games and helped the Cardinals win the 1967 World Series. He is known for his base running skills. In his career, Brock stole 938 bases and had 3,023 hits. Brock was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1985.