Lately things have seem to be quiet in regards to some of the free agents that are there like Justin Uptin, Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, and Dexter Fowler. I consider these four as players that could be the main anchor for the Cardinals but I tend to think that they would rather trade at this time instead of roping in a free agent. With the recent signing of Gerardo Perra I believe the Rockies are now ready to move one of three players, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson or Carlos Gonzalez. This afternoon Jon Heyman reported the Colorado Rockies could trade an outfielder, either Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon or Corey Dickerson, “now” and Gonzalez “makes sense for rebuilding the team.” He had also reported that the Orioles, Cardinals, White Sox, Angels, Giants and Nationals all have inquired about Gonzalez. I tend to think if there is one player the Cardinals should consider its Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez has two years remaining on his contract with Colorado. He’ll earn $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.
He’s a career .290/.347/.524/.870 hitter who has averaged 31 homers and 98 RBIs per 162 games in his career. Gonzalez has benefited from playing games at Coors Field. He’s a career 324/.382/.604/.986 hitter at home compared to a .255/.310/.441/.752 hitter on the road.
I expect the Rockies to make a move sometime soon. The Cardinals could take on Cargo’s contract with no problems. If they are able to add Gonzalez, Jason Heyward would be a mere memory. He would be a better upgrade that would help balance the team and improve their power at the plate.