In the episode of Yakker Jacks above, host Brian Swope talks with Mark Saxson about what the Cardinals should do at the shortstop position.
This is the time of year that fans wonder what their team will do in the off-season. What route will they take? Are they going to burn it down or reload? Are we trading or spending money? Who is available? Who is the best fit?
One of the big off-season moves was pulled off by the St Louis Cardinals in the trade for third baseman Nolan Arenado. The Cardinals sent Left-handed starter/reliever Austin Gomber and Minor leaguers Mateo Gil, Tony Locey, Elehuris Montero, and Jake Sommers. Mozeliak and the company also coaxed the Rockies into paying $50 million of Arenado's salary. Probably one of the biggest thefts of ALL-TIME in baseball.
That was last season, and this November will start a new off-season. That begs the question, how do you top last season? While many fans look at the rotation, bullpen, or bench as areas that needed an upgrade. There is a growing number who want to see a change at the Short Stop position.
The current occupant of that position is Paul DeJong.
DeJong is an Illinois State University graduate. The St Louis Cardinals drafted him in the fourth round of the 2015 MBL draft.
He came to the majors in May of 2017, going .285/.325/.532 with 25 home runs and 65 RBIs. He was thought of as the future at SS
that has been statically his best season. Although he did have 30 home runs and 78 RBIs in 2019. This year he has been somewhat of an offensive shell of himself. .185/.286/.385 12 home runs 24 RBIs. Defensively he is still outstanding. But with Paul Goldschmidt and now Arenado, the need is not just power but also the ability to hit for average.