The St. Louis Cardinals are going to need some help if they are going to make another World Series run in 2012.
The bullpen needs some serious realignment, and the team could use some help at second base if the right player is available.
General manager John Mozeliak pulled off a huge trade last season, trading Colby Rasmus for key relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, sparking an improbable World Series championship.
This year’s version of the Cardinals needs a similar blockbuster trade if they are going to repeat last year’s magic.
Here are three trade chips the Cardinals should consider using to acquire some much-needed help.
Matt Adams, 1B
Adams is a powerful first baseman who can also hit for a decent average.
Unfortunately, he is blocked by Allen Craig and Lance Berkman at first base, so he won’t get much playing time at the big league level.
With the way Craig has been playing this season, he could be the Redbirds’ long-term answer at first base.
If that’s the case, trading Adams for a reliable reliever would be a good move for the team this season and into the future.
Matt Carpenter, Util
Carpenter has shown how versatile he is on the field, playing the corner outfield spots, third base, first base and even some second base.
He has some power at the plate and hits for a good average too, so he’s a valuable all-around player.
The Cardinals have Daniel Descalso to be the utility infielder, though, so Carpenter is expendable.
Even though Carpenter is the better offensive player, he has more trade value, so he should be the one in trade talks this month.
Steven Hill, C/IF
Hill’s greatest value is as a catcher, but he’s blocked by Yadier Molina and backup Tony Cruz on the Cardinals roster.
The Cardinals have a great catcher already and also have plenty of utility infielders, so Hill probably won’t make an impact on the Redbirds roster any time in the near future.
Good catchers are hard to find in baseball, so Hill definitely has some value on the trade market.
He could be a key part of a deal to get a valuable relief pitcher or two.