Alex Ferrario (@FerrarioKMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After the St. Louis Cardinals learned the frustrating news that Matt Adams may be out for the season, the team has to decide what is best for the rest of the season. There are a few options within the team, and the team could also look at outside options.

Here are my Top 5 replacements for Matt Adams:

5.) Mike Morse
It seems like a crazy idea for the team to trade for the expensive first baseman from the Marlins. But, the team is familiar with him from the NLCS last season between the Giants and the Cardinals. Morse possesses similar attributes and power that Matt Adams has, and he’s a right-handed hitter. The problem? He’s owed $8.5 million next season, so if it were to happen, Miami would need to eat a good chunk of money on that contract.

4.) Allen Craig
This would be something very familiar for the Cardinals. Craig is not panning out well for the Red Sox (being that he’s in their minors). Craig struggled through his last season with the Cards, but plenty of speculation was that he was hurt. Perhaps Mozeliak would bring the former first baseman back and see what he can do.

3.) Xavier Scruggs
He’s in house – can it get any better than that for Mozeliak? Scruggs has hit at least 20 home runs in his last four seasons with the Memphis Redbirds. The team has given him plenty of time to grow in the minors, so now could be the time to bring him up and see what he has in him. Scruggs is only batting .211 for Memphis, but the team could take a chance and see how their prospect fares in the majors.

2.) Ryan Howard
This seems to be the fan-favorite first baseman. The St. Louis native is a proven winner with the Phillies, and the under-performing Philadelphia is trying its best to unload his major contract. The problem? He’s owed a huge $25 million next year, and the Phillies would need to eat a large chunk of that contract if they were to make this move. Howard would be a great fit at first for the team, but Mozeliak would have to work his magic on this deal if it were to happen.

1.) Mark Reynolds
Stick with what you know. Reynolds has proven his ability this season, earning plenty of playing time and being a huge part of the team’s success early on. But can the Cardinals really give Reynolds the first base position and over 300 at-bats the rest of the season? Reynolds has been a strikeout machine during his career, and even though he provides a lot of power to the line-up, would the Cardinals want to risk it? Reynolds seems like the likely answer until the trade deadline; it’s his job to lose right now. But I wouldn’t cross your fingers that he will be there in August and September.

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