Rockies Charlie Blackmon's name has surfaced again as a St. Louis Cardinals possible.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has been on the St. Louis Cardinals radar in the past.

During this very quiet off-season, thus far, not a lot of hype going on about any of the free agents available.

However, a lot of speculation regarding 'where players' will land; or should, has filled the must write something pages for sports writers.

In past seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals have 'shown' interest in Colorado Rockies Charlie Blackmon. A strong defensive player who did well at the plate. But as much as Cardinals fans were dreaming of bringing Carlos "Cargo" Gonzalez on board, they also would have taken Blackmon as well. Three seasons ago.

Even at that time, I did not want to see "Cargo" come to St. Louis. Too much hype for a player that would not have been a good fit for our Cardinals. Just my opinion. He hit well at Coors Field (.290 BA), but away from home, I felt he was not be as effective as many professed he would be. Which he did leave the Mile High City after 2018. In 2019 one half season with the Cleveland Indians, a .210 BA. Second half of 2019, he held a .175 BA with the Chicago Cubs. He proved, my own view, to be true.

At the July deadline this past season, Scott Wuerz for The News-Democrat, was not all about the Cardinals going head over hills for Blackmon having to give up pitching to do so. Point well taken because not only pitchers, but the money left to be paid Blackmon and what the Rockies wanted. Cardinals walked away.

Today, I came across an article by Tim-Kelly, KMOX News Radio, November 30. "5 Potential Blockbuster MLB Trades that could happen".

Again, Charlie Blackmon is the point of 'conversation' regarding the Cardinals. With a new twist to get him.

" Charlie Blackmon is one of the most popular players to ever play for the Rockies, but the 33-year-old has rapidly declined defensively over the past two seasons. While he's still productive as an offensive piece, he's taken a step back from his peak in 2017, when he slashed .331/.399/.601 with 37 home runs and 104 RBIs.

With Trevor Story and Jon Gray both eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, the Rockies could stand to get out from under the up to $73 million remaining on Blackmon's contract.

The Cardinals, while probably not eager to take on the bulk of the money still owed to Blackmon, would improve their World Series chances by adding his bat to a lineup that already includes Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong. This type of trade may be their only opportunity to part ways with Dexter Fowler, who is owed just shy of $30 million over the next two seasons.

There obviously would have to be more going back to Colorado than just Fowler, but swapping one bad deal for another that looks like it won't age especially well is an interesting concept."

Evidently he is not a Fowler fan and presumes, from my take of his statement, he will decline once again in 2020. I don't believe so and what Tim-Kelly does not mention, Fowler does have a 'no-trade' clause in his contract. Swapping, in my mind, is not an option.