It has been reported throughout the offseason that the St. Louis Cardinals are looking for left-handed bats. The rumor about the Texas Rangers looking to deal Nomar Mazara seemed to line up nicely with that goal. There were several reports, in fact, that put the Cardinals in the mix to acquire the young outfielder.
They did not, though. Mazara was traded to the White Sox in exchange for Steele Walker (a great name).
It is not prudent to lament on what we do not have, but to wrap things up, let’s briefly unpack what the Cardinals missed out on. As stated, Mazara is a lefthanded outfielder. He is nearly 25 years old and made his MLB debut on April 10, 2016. In that time he has 1.7 fWAR and a career wRC+ of 92. Steele Walker has an 80 grade name, but is a 24 year old outfielder in A ball. He has potential, but is a big question mark, of course.
There seemed to be a lot of hype around a potential trade involving this player, but... this is kind of a boring trade, right? Yesterday I found three tweets about this. One of the tweets stated that the Rangers were looking for the Marlins top big leaguers in return, but that does not appear to be close to what they got from the White Sox. Am I missing something?
So it did not work out. Perhaps a player like this is not the type of player the Cardinals should be in on. Kole Calhoun is left-handed. The Cardinals are not listed among the interested teams, but maybe they should be. Let’s discuss more of this later.
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