Oct 12, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the 7th inning in game two of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
1. Trade for John Jay of the St. Louis Cardinals
After taking over the duties out in centerfield in 2011, Jay has been stellar defensively and just as consistent in the batter’s box as he has played a huge role in the Cardinals winning three NL Pennants (2012-2014) and one World Series Championship (2011).
However, Jay’s role has been limited in 2015 as he has been in a season-long slump and missed all of July and August due to a left wrist injury. In the 70 games he has played this season, Jay has slashed a career low .216/.301/.266, as well has posting the fewest home runs, RBIs, and WAR in his 6-years in the league.
Not only has Jay has struggled, the Cardinals need for his talent has slowly dwindled as rookie Tommy Pham has taken over the the starting spot by storm. With Jay becoming a free agent after the 2016 season, the Cardinals may want to unload him and let Pham officially take over.