Ryan Helsley, for one. I need to do a bit more research and I can have a few more possibilities later.
There aren't too many like him although he is mostly a DH and probably better suited to the other league. Harper and Machado will be out there. On a lesser scale, Moustakas and Michael Brantley. Perhaps a trade for someone like David Peralta. A lefthanded hitter with pop is sorely needed to assist Carpenter.
Until further notice, Matt Carpenter is the first baseman. Hopefully, no more of that switching back and forth between third and first. It's tough watching him try to make that long throw. Moustakas is a lefthanded hitter who may be able to play more games than Gyorko.
How many teams are trading "proven" No. 1 starters? And how many of those are there, really? For that matter, I kind of like a guy who was 18-4 (Mikolas) as a No. 1 guy and they already have him.
That's one way of looking at it although going into it, you don't sign a player like that expecting to lose him in three years or so. You're in it for the long haul unless you want to trade him at some point.
Bud Norris' season-long battle with a sore hip and some assorted late-season injuries have taken him out of the Cardinals' free-agent radar. He had a terrific four four or five months but I don't see them re-signing him when he might be able to get a better deal somewhere else.
They seem to like Hudson more as a multi-inning reliever and then starter. Hicks will remain in bullpen. He should get better. He's only 22 and no hitter in the league wants to face him in the eighth or ninth inning.
I'm sure there would be but I don't envision the D-backs being eager to trade their franchise player.
I like Carlos. I would like to seem them ask him, at least.
I would hope they would stop at two, if they even brought Donaldson in. And I don't see any earthly reason why they would sign him. He wasn't healthy virtually the whole season and he isn't a lefthanded hitter. Two would be my limit for any third baseman signed because the Cardinals have two on their way, including their first pick this year.
Yelich basically wasn't available to Cardinals then as the Marlins, when it came time to move Stanton or Ozuna or both, wanted to hang onto Yelich _ before Milwaukee made them change their minds.
That's a lot to give up for Torres. I want to keep Martinez anyway. You don't trade away a pitcher with an arm like his for a second baseman, when you already have one, albeit one who spends too much time on the disabled list. I think Harper would like to see Martinez on his team.
The best place for Jose Martinez is right where he is. The good teams in the American League already have DHs. And he isn't even arbitration eligible yet, so there is no need to trade your No. 2 RBI man, even if there was a lot of interest, which I feel sure there isn't.
I would look into anybody like him or Conforto of the Mets, among other young outfielders. But they probably need somebody better.