The St. Louis Cardinals have already been busy this offseason in trade talks. Most important, the Cardinals have gotten seriously involved in the Giancarlo Stanton trade talks and have not been ruled out just yet. He has not said that he would accept a trade to St. Louis either, which has left the Cardinals in a bit of a waiting game.
Outside of the Stanton talks, the Cardinals have had ongoing trade discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays. New reports coming out are stating that they could try to land Evan Longoria from the Rays if they are unable to acquire Stanton from the Marlins.
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Needless to say, acquiring Longoria would not be cheap for the Cardinals. Tampa Bay will be open to listening to all trade offers and they likely would move Longoria at the right price. That being said, the Rays will not trade Longoria just to make a move.
Last season with Tampa Bay, Longoria recorded a .261 batting average to go along with 20 home runs and 86 RBI’s. He may not be the young up-and-coming superstar that he once was, but Longoria is still more than capable of making a huge impact on a game.
At 32 years of age, Longoria would be a nice fit for the Cardinals. It is obvious that St. Louis is not happy with missing the playoffs last year and they know that they have some work to do in order to get back into contention in the NL Central.
Looking ahead to next season, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers look like good bets to be No. 1 and No. 2 in the division once again. St. Louis would have to make a move or two in order to leap one of those teams. Longoria certainly could be the kind of addition that can help them climb the division ladder and compete a bit more seriously.
It will be interesting to see what the rest of the offseason has in store for the Cardinals. They are looking to make some moves and they are being aggressive with teams letting them know that.
Longoria doesn’t seem “likely” to be traded this offseason, but the Rays will certainly listen to teams with interest in acquiring the star third baseman. Don’t be surprised to see St. Louis seriously pursue Longoria if Stanton does end up being traded elsewhere.