Without putting them in any specific order, the Cardinals have several top prospects that they could put on the market as the trade deadline approaches. For the pitchers, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Tyrell Jenkins are often regarded as top prospects. Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong & Matt Adams lead the position players.
The question I have this afternoon is if a player like Cole Hamels or Zack Grienke becomes available who, of the seven prospects I listed above, are off limits?
Think about it before you make the jump where you’ll find my answer.
The answer for me is simple. Shelby Miller, Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong. I still have a great deal of faith in Shelby Miller for the long term and it’s hard for me to see trading a pitching prospect of that caliber when they are so close to the majors.
Oscar Taveras is, for me, a future core player on the team. I think is defense is chronically underrated (though now most will say he will be a very good right fielder, which is better than the original prognosis) and that the potential exists for him to play centerfield early in his career.
Meanwhile, Kolten Wong may be the answer to a long term problem at second.
Meanwhile, Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez both look like very good players to me but I’d move them under certain circumstances. Matt Adams looks redundant behind players like Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig. Tyrell Jenkins remains too far removed from the majors for me to be significantly concerned with trading him. There’s too much development and uncertainty there to deem him untouchable.
So there you go – Miller, Taveras & Wong are off the board. Agree? Disagree?