San Francisco Giants Possibly Looking to Cardinals for OF Help
By Jake Mastroianni
With the St. Louis Cardinals logjam in the outfield, the San Francisco Giants could be looking to make a move with them to fill a need in their outfield.
Interestingly enough, the Giants biggest competition for Giancarlo Stanton is looking to get rid of some outfielders.
According to a story by Derrick Goold in the St. Louis Dispatch the Cardinals could move an outfielder or two this offseason.
The Cardinals currently have seven outfielders on their 40-man roster. That includes Dexter Fowler, Randal Grichuk, Jose Martinez, Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty.
Those are the five who I think the Giants could target.
I don’t think Fowler is going anywhere because of his contract, and the fact he’s a good player the Cardinals want to keep. This isn’t just a dump by the Cardinals, they want to compete in 2018 just like the Giants want to do.
Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham are both very interesting. I think both are capable of hitting 20-plus home runs playing every day.
Pham was actually a 20-20 guy in 2017 with 23 home runs and 25 stolen bases.
Both of them will turn 30 next year though, so it’s not like you’re getting a young, up-and-coming prospect.
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I think Grichuk and Piscotty are the ones to target here.
Both have had their moments in the big leagues. Piscotty hit .273 with 22 home runs in 2016. Grichuk has hit 20-plus home runs in back-to-back seasons, but has struggled to get on base with a career .297 on-base-percentage.
Both of them are currently 26-years-old and will turn 27 next year, and both are inexpensive.
There are obvious holes in both players, and I don’t think either is the best option for 2018. But, if they can get one of these guys at a good price to leave room for a bigger move, then it makes sense.
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I don’t know what the Cardinals would want in return for either player. My guess is they’d want a tier one and a tier two prospect. Maybe like a Bryan Reynolds and a Matt Krook-type prospect.