Talk to any fan of the St. Louis Cardinals about what they are excited about and the majority will mention prospect Oscar Taveras. The adoration from the fans is well-earned. The problem for the Cardinals is simple: How does Taveras get playing time in the big leagues?
The result is rumors all over the league about who the Cards may be willing to trade in order to create room for Taveras when he is promoted. It has fueled rumors about when he may be promoted to gain some exposure in Major League Baseball. It has even produced rumors about why Taveras has yet to be promoted.
Taveras has done everything he could possibly be expected to do this year. After suffering an injury last year, seeing limited time due to nagging injuries in spring training and starting the season with even more missed time, he has found a way to come back strong. Through 49 games at Triple-A Memphis, Taveras has posted a slash line of .325/.373/.524 while hitting seven home runs, 15 doubles and driving in 40 runs. He has compiled exactly 100 bases through his first 191 at-bats in 2014.
That success has sparked rumors around Busch Stadium on how to get the impressive youngster playing time. Four of those rumors are summarized here.