Tick, tick, tick. Time is running out for St. Louis Cardinals ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
Am I mad? Slightly. Am I concerned that they still seem to have backlogs? Not really. Am I optimistic that they will make a few more moves before the deadline? Yes.
Having already traded Jordan Montgomery, Chris Stratton and Jordan Hicks, there are still names like Jack Flaherty, Dylan Carlson and Paul DeJong that have been heavily rumored to be on the move. Other names such as Tyler O’Neill, Ryan Helsley, Giovanny Gallegos, Juan Yepez, Alec Burleson, Tommy Edman or Brendan Donovan could also be on the way.
Of course, I don’t expect all of these names to be moved. But there is real potential for the Cardinals to make a few more “seller” moves while also pursuing a “buyer” move or two related to their 2024 roster. So far, the prospects they’ve gotten in return have outside options to help the club in a meaningful way next season, but most will have little impact until seasons after 2024.
However, the Cardinals have been clear they intend to right the ship by 2024, and they know part of that is happening now at the trade deadline. No, they don’t have to solve all their problems right now, but it would feel disappointing if there weren’t at least some answers to the questions we have after tomorrow’s deadline.