While Cardinals look over free agent pitchers, a trade thrown in is possible, too?

St. Louis Cardinals executives, CEO Bill DeWitt Jr, along with his son, Pres. Bill DeWitt III, Pres. of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak and GM Mike Girsch are in attendance at the current Baseball Winter Meetings being held in San Diego this week.

Reportedly they have interest in two starting pitchers, free agents, LHP Dallas Keuchel and very recently, possible a part of the LHP Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes.

Also, Cardinals may be looking for a trade to help lift their offense from it's sluggish 2019 season. And to accomplish such, outfielder Tyler O'Neill, along with prospect outfielders Randy Arozarena, Justin Williams, Adolis Garcia and Lane Thomas "may be" - "could be" trade targets for a strong/solid bat.

Since the "rumor' is roaming that Cardinals former leftfielder, free agent Marcell Ozuna, is set to be signed by the Chicago White Sox 'today', they do have a position opening up. (Still the information 'shared' from the Dominican Republic reporters has already been shot down by American reporters like Bruce Levine and Jon Heyman. Two, stateside/Chicago sports writers, who are privy to White Sox news.) By days-end we will find out for sure who is in the know.

Even if the above 'rumor' is true or not, Cardinals are evidently planning to go forward without Ozuna's presence in 2020 (and beyond). What the absence of Ozuna presents was his offensive ability in the clean-up spot of the line-up.

Yes, Cardinals do have internal options with the aforementioned players who are expected to be part of their Spring camp beginning in February next year. "IF" they have not been traded away.

Of those, which would be qualified to take over the #4 spot for the Cardinals?

For those who may not be totally familiar with Cardinals list of player/prospects - I share the following 'food for thought'.


OF Tyler O'Neill (24) has spent the most time in the majors with the Cardinals from the Memphis Triple-A league. On the "yo-yo" train, so to speak, between Memphis and St. Louis. His debut was April 19, 2018. He played 61 games that season, while logging 60 games in 2019. Last season, even though dealing with injury, he held a .262 BA/.763 OPS/5 HR/16 RBI with 58 total bases. Even though he does possess speed, he only had 3 stolen bases between the two seasons played.