Dallas Keuchel was a potential fit for the Cardinals last season and could be again.
P-D colleague Derrick Goold, who is not one who just throws names out there, mentioned Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers as a name to know. The southpaw swinger is good for 20 homers a year but has never posted an OPS of .800 or above.
A lot of chatters are asking about Joc Pederson of the Dodgers. Nice power (36 homers last season) with a career-high OPS (.876) in a 2019 season that included a career-high at-bats (450). That's a good sign. Here's a concerning one. Joc slashed just .224/.240/.265 against left-handed pitching last season. He mashes righties and shrivels against lefties, so much so he had just 50 plate appearances against LHP last season.
Mozelaik said he's not interested in a platoon fit, so that would seem to suggest against Pederson -- unless Cardinals are OK with those bad splits.
With the Cardinals prefering a wait-and-see approach, I'm not sure how they find and land an outfielder that they feel better about than their long list of internal options at the position.
At the end-of-season presser, Mozeliak kind of pushed back against the notion of trading some of his young outfielders because he said that was, in part, what 2020 was about -- sorting through these guys to find out who is the future.
He said Monday that some might have to be traded before their future is known, a bit of an altered stance. I do wonder, still, if there's a name and trade partner out there that makes them decide to pull that trigger.