ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated Wednesday – Entering the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings the St. Louis Cardinals had a full deck of outfielders, most with MLB experience, to do with what they will.
Current outfielders on Cardinals 40-man roster (as of Wednesday at 12:10 a.m.):
Marcell Ozuna, Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Randal Grichuk, Jose Martinez, Oscar Mercado, Tyler O’Neill and Tommy Pham.
Here’s a wrap up of how that has changed, or might soon change:
Marcell Ozuna trade
With confirmation still pending, the Cardinals have reportedly acquired the Miami Marlins outfielder in a trade that involved Sandy Alcantara. Reports also say St. Louis will send an outfielder and more pitching to Miami.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today, one of the first to report the deal, tweeted saying the deal for Ozuna will include a “more valuable prospects in #Stlcards trade than Stanton and Gordon trades combined with package of pitchers and position player.”
A player like Bader or Sierra, who proved they deserved a spot on a major league roster, could be getting a chance to play everyday in Miami.
Stephen Piscotty to Oakland
The deal looks to be pending a physical by Piscotty.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, Piscotty is a major target for the Athletics and they may be offering one of a few prospects. Here’s Slusser’s assessment:
“While the A’s will not discuss any of their top young players, one name that has been discussed, according to one industry source, is infielder Yairo Munoz. The Cardinals have interest in relief help, too, and have asked about Liam Hendriks previously. Frankie Montas is another possibility, as is power-hitting corner infielder Renato Nunez, who is out of options.”
Piscotty is from the Bay Area and went to school at Stanford. He is signed through 2022, with a team option for 2023, and the A’s specifically have been looking for a young right-handed hitting outfielder under long-term control, reports Slusser.
Grichuck to Tampa Bay?
The Cardinals got one “impactful bat” in Ozuna, but are likely still looking for a second one – and a closer. Both of those could be solved in a rumored deal with Tampa Bay that would include the 2017 AL saves leader, Alex Colome and third baseman Evan Longoria.
Project starting outfield in 2018 (with no particular positions): Ozuna, Pham, Fowler.