MLB Trade Rumors: Would Trading David Ortiz to the Cardinals Work?

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 22: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox talks with a teammate while waiting to take batting practice before the start of the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 22, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Big Papi is on a tear.

While the cellar-dwelling Red Sox dwindle, management is at a crossroads that could involve some crucial decisions for the future of the Red Sox organization as we know it.

Before his injury, fan favorite Kevin Youkilis was the subject of many a trade rumor. Younger and better defensively than Ortiz, Youk showed up on the radar of every contender needing a corner infielder.

With older stars like Manny Ramirez, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek gone, the Red Sox have lost a huge part of the identity that made them two-time World Series champions last decade.

Two-time champion Josh Beckett, once as a young Florida Marlin and again more recently as the Red Sox's ace, has become public enemy number one in Boston.

Fried chicken, beer and off-color comments may have finally sealed his fate.

With so much negativity going on, it seems that the Sox are destined for doom—at least for the near future.

Recently, the Cardinals lost long-time rival-turned-hero Lance Berkman to a nasty knee injury, which puts him out for 8-10 weeks. The question is, can the Redbirds rely on Big Puma to completely regain his health for the rest of the season and the postseason should the Cards look to become repeat champions?

With the Cincinnati Reds moving into first place in the NL Central, the sky certainly isn't falling but it should cause concern for a change.

The starters are starting to cool off from impressive starts, and everyone in St. Louis is still awaiting the much anticipated return of stud ace Chris Carpenter.

Now that you've been provided with a quick overview of the state of affairs in St. Louis, there are a few things to consider when discussing the possibility of picking up Ortiz. 

  • Ortiz is a DH who would be coming to the NL. The only position he could possibly play is 1B.
  • Although he is 36 years old, the Red Sox are going to be selling extremely high. Is he worth the price?
  • How will it affect the St. Louis clubhouse to bring in a foreign leader?

Responding to each inquiry or question in order:

When Berkman returns from injury, it's going to be best to baby him for a few weeks if the Cardinals currently sit in a playoff position. When he makes a full return, there is room in the outfield for him. The development of Jon Jay can take a hit for one more season if it means another championship.

Yes. In the position the Red Sox are in they can either sell high or just hold on to Ortiz who may not be a crucial part of the Sox's future, but selling a fan favorite is never a good idea. Would it take Shelby Miller? Probably not, but the Cards would give something up of significance and value. 

Positively for the most part. With Albert Pujols gone, the team really belongs to Yadier Molina. Berkman worked out fine last year as did Beltran this year. Berkman was a huge figure in the Astros organization and he's very well-liked. I don't see any unforeseen headbutting for a rental like Ortiz.