So I was talking baseball this morning with my father got me thinking about who might the Cardinals be willing to trade. I'll include every player that I have predicted stats for for next year (39) plus a few others (who I have not yet predicted). Here are my tiers (* means not on the 40-man roster):
Fan Favorite - Beyond "untouchable," because of the allegiance to the fans, the player would have to ask to be traded publicly before considering - "not gonna happen":
Tier 2 Nearly Untouchable - I would have to see a significant player coming back in return to consider this:
Allen Craig Jon Jay Lance Lynn Carlos Martinez* (I do not have my projections for him done) Shelby Miller Trevor Rosenthal Oscar Taveras* Michael Wacha* Kolten Wong*
Tier 4 Go ahead and ask - I would be more willing to give these up than the protected players listed above:
Mitchell Boggs Randy Choate Daniel Descalso Rafael Furcal Joe Kelly Edward Mujica Fernando Salas
Tier 7 There is a 90% chance or higher that these guys will play for us at some point this year if you don't want them:
Barrett Browning Adron Chambers Sam Freeman Ryan Jackson Pete Kozma Shane Robinson Eduardo Sanchez
Tier 8 We are intent on trading them, what's your best offer?:
Minors Prospects Tier Not figured up for next year, but not on the 40-man roster (basically others in the top 15 prospects on Fangraphs or top 20 on MLB.com):
Steve Bean* John Gast* Scott Gorgen* Tyrell Jenkins* Carson Kelly* CJ McElroy* Stephen Piscotty* James Ramsey* Robert Stock* Jordan Swagerty* Charlie Tilson* Patrick Wisdom*
I don't think that anybody else is exactly worth mentioning. They would be in the "others in the minors" Tier.
Onto the trade proposal: I think for Giancarlo Stanton, I would give up Beltran, one pitcher AND one hitter from Tiers 4-7, Schumaker (if they want him), and any two players below that. What do you all think?
(Please allow this to morph into a post regarding any other trade avenue that you would like to go down. Mods, if there's a better spot for this, please adjust accordingly.)