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The Problem With "The Getting" is "The Giving"...

Christmas is coming. It's that time of year that we make our lists of wants, needs, dreams, and desires. We quickly write down all of these things without thinking of the consequences of how much will this cost? It's no different in baseball at this time of year as Cardinal fans across the country scribble the names of players we want to receive in our Cardinal-red stocking. Tulowitzki? Check. Ellsbury? Check. How about David Price? Check. It's easy to get carried away with your list due to the fact that there is no consequence for writing down a name, but maybe we should take a close look at what that consequence should be before we ask Santa for a new shortstop, center fielder, starting pitcher, or whatever you are dreaming of. For all of you drooling over us making a trade that would give us someone like Troy Tulowitzki, let's slow down a bit. Sure, it's fun to think about, he's the best offensive shortstop in the game and he pretty darn good with the glove too, but what would it cost us? The answer is simple, it would cost us a ton. Matt Adams, Carlos Martinez, Shelby Miller, and lets say Joe Kelly. Pull the trigger? No way. Just because we have an abundance of young talent doesn't mean we should be in such a hurry to unload it. Young talent is very powerful in this game and the main reason is because it is inexpensive. When you are giving up multiple, inexpensive years of having a Martinez, Miller, Adams, and Kelly, on your roster, you are taking a major risk. Think about this for a second. If you are trading both Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly for example, you are giving up a two members of your starting rotation that cost about 1/15th of what Tulo costs alone. If you have two players on your starting rotation that are easily capable of giving you a combined 300+ solid innings, 25+ wins, and they cost you $1mil/year combined, why would you want to get rid of that? Think of how much money that frees up over the next few years. Young, inexpensive, controllable, talent. Now, I do understand that doing nothing is also not the answer. We need a shortstop. I am not in favor of signing Stephen Drew, although I think he would be a great addition, overpaying him and giving up a draft pick is not appealing to me and I don't believe it is appealing to Mr. Mozeliak as well. Jhonny Peralta? Maybe. Trading for Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar? See above. Most likely too costly. I think the three players that make the most sense are Alexei Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabera. No, they aren't flashy names and they probably weren't names that you gave to Santa, but they fill a hole and they won't deplete your farm system. Cardinal Nation, who do you want as our 2014 starting SS? Remember, sometimes the best gift is not getting what you want. BT

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