In a surprise development, Cardinals are reportedly “very much” involved in talks for Brian Dozier:
The Cardinals spent big to sign Dexter Fowler and they were linked to Justin Turnerbefore he agreed to re-sign with Los Angeles, so it’s not surprisingly to hear they’re in on Dozier. St. Louis clearly wants another middle of the order power bat and Dozier qualifies. Their lineup with him could look something like this:
We see plenty of rumors each year that simply don’t make sense for whatever reason, usually because the team already has a quality player (or highly paid player) at that position. This is one of those rumors that does make sense. Dozier fits what the Cardinals need.
Right now, the Cardinals have Gyorko penciled in as their starting second baseman with Kolten Wong behind him on the depth chart. Gyorko hit 30 home runs last season but also has a .296 on-base percentage in over 1,800 career at-bats, so he’s close to a one-trick pony offensively. Play him every single day and he might get exposed, as the Padres learned from 2014-15.
Wong regressed big time last year, so much so that the Cardinals shipped him to Triple-A and had him spend time in the outfield. So, while the club has some options at second base in Gyorko and Wong, Dozier is a clear upgrade, and would allow the other two to slide into utility roles, which is where they may be best suited at this point of their careers.
Assuming rookie righty Alex Reyes, arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, is off-limits, the Cardinals still have a healthy prospect base from which to deal. Righties Luke Weaver and Jack Flaherty, and outfielder Harrison Bader are among the team’s top non-Reyes prospects. I don’t think we should rule Wong out as a trade chip as well. St. Louis has the prospect capital to deal. No doubt about it.