This season has been a tough one for the St. Louis Cardinals as they are 48-46, which puts them 7.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The Cardinals will hope new intern manager Mike Shildt will be able to help turn things around in the second half of the season following the firing of Mike Matheny.
Here are three possible trades that could help the Cards get back into playoff contention:
The first trade would have the Cardinals making a splash by adding a middle -of-the-line-up batter in Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. He is hitting .252 with 13 home runs and has driven in 52 RBI. In return, the White Sox would receive three top 10 prospects in Tyler O’Neil, Andrew Knizner, Junior Fernandez. This trade would give the Redbirds the big bat that they need to improve their offense.
The next trade would see the Cardinals get some much-needed bullpen help, as their bullpen this season has an ERA of 4.48 which ranks 12th in the National League. Zach Britton has a 3.68 ERA with four saves in 15 games. The Cardinals could send the Baltimore Orioles Tommy Pham and two minors prospects in Patrick Wisdom as well as Austin Gomber.
Improving in the infield is key and adding Jed Lowrie from the Oakland Athletics would be wise as he is hitting.285 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. In return, the Athletics could receive Jose Martinez and Kolten Wong and maintain their young prospects. Wong has been too inconsistent during his six-year career as a change of scenery could help him tremendously. More importantly, this trade could give the Cards a steady two-way player.
Improving the roster is key if the Cardinals want to make a playoff run. Heck, the roster needs a shake up even if the front office decides this season is a wash as there could be a losing culture settling in. St. Louis prides itself on winning so the front office must be quick and swift in their decision making.