It's possible. He is a GG fielder in left field, but O'Neill in the mix for DH is somewhere the Cardinals could find them.
He's been playable at the position. The Cardinals currently see him as a corner outfielder.
The Angels have been steadfast in their stance they're not going to trade him. Does that change if they crater again? Maybe. Then every team will be interested. The Cardinals need to get to a point where they are a player for the top talent coming out of Japan and Asia. They've done well when it comes getting Mikolas, for example, and bringing in other talents. Oh had a strong turn. Kim deserved better, truly. The recent moves for Brooks and VerHagen did not work out as well, though VerHagen has another year to prove he was the find the Cardinals insist he can be. But the next step for the Cardinals is for the stars of Japan who are coming over. The partnership with Orix should help. The Cardinals could be a bigger brand. Does it take a trade to make that happen? Not sure. But with Ohtani the news owners of the Angels are going to have the biggest say -- until he does as a free agent.
That's one viewpoint. Not sure that solves the Cardinals' concerns.
Whoa. What a couple of questions to get back to back. That has not been discussed. A lot to ask of a young player at the highest level ...
That's what they did with Carson Kelly and Andrew Knizner, so, yep.
To get the potential for power that isn't there at the moment. It's just an idea. Not a given. Not even a certainty. But it's one area the Cardinals could look for that hitter who changes what they put out there against right-handed pitchers.
I agree, as of right now, I think it would be real tough, but there are more names and more possibilities out there than just those two. There are some teams (Arizona?) that will be looking to turn outfield depth into something they need. Is that a place to go? Not sure of the match, but it's that kind of conversation that leads to potential. What's the opinion in here of Joey Gallo? Again, certainty isn't there ... So, will creativity be the compass?
I'm reporting what I can get confirm with sources and relay to readers. I've outlined, in print and elsewhere, the hesitation the Cardinals have with Conteras.
Another couple of names out there for hitters. Have not had any success connecting them to the Cardinals, but that could be how quietly they operate or that they just don't see the match. Conforto is interesting depending on the price. That has been something that has given teams pause. Cardinals for one.
Juan Soto would have filled that opening and forced them to nudge higher. He is in the arbitration window, and so there's cost-controlled. The Cardinals did tip their hand for how high they are willing to go for a superior talent, or what they think is one.
The Cardinals are going to take a long look at him in spring training, yes. He's going to get a chance to show what he can do -- and what level that fits.