Tyler O’Neill, St. Louis Cardinals (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals are fighting backmost into contention, but that won’t support these players connected nan roster done nan waste and acquisition deadline for various reasons.
Don’t look now, but nan St. Louis Cardinals are starting to look for illustration nan shot squad we thought they’d beryllium coming into nan 2023 season.
After nan Redbirds sewage disconnected to a historically bad commencement to nan year, they’ve now won 7 of their past 10 games and are now conscionable six games nether .500 and 5.5 games backmost of nan Brewers atop nan NL Central. That mightiness not look great, but it’s miles amended than wherever they were earlier successful nan season. And each of this makes nan trade deadline successful a mates of months each nan much fascinating.
If nan Cardinals’ atrocious commencement had remained nan inclination for this squad passim nan year, nan belief was that they could beryllium sellers. But now if this bounce-back effort keeps up, they could move nan narratives and beryllium buyers. No matter which broadside of nan coin they extremity up on, though, location are immoderate players connected nan roster who won’t beryllium successful St. Louis past nan waste and acquisition deadline.
STL Cardinals rumors: 3 players who won’t past nan waste and acquisition deadline and why
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Tyler O’Neill looks for illustration nan overseas man retired of nan STL Cardinals outfield
This one’s been beautiful evident for a fewer months now, but it’s starting to consciousness for illustration it would beryllium much shocking if Tyler O’Neill is still a personnel of nan Cards past nan waste and acquisition deadline than if he’s connected different team.
We each cognize by cognize that nan 27-year-old outfielder was benched early successful nan play owed to a deficiency of hustle. He’s now been put connected nan IL for a fewer weeks now but wasn’t performing arsenic St. Louis had surely hoped anterior to that, slashing conscionable .228/.283/.337 successful 29 games this play pinch only 2 location runs to his in installments arsenic well.
Even nan Cards cognize that, erstwhile healthy, O’Neill is tin of overmuch much than that, mostly because he’s shown that successful erstwhile seasons, astir notably successful 2021 erstwhile he looked to beryllium 1 of baseball’s budding stars pinch a .912 OPS and 6.3 WAR complete 141 games. So location should beryllium a waste and acquisition marketplace for him.
Given that St. Louis desperately needs to find solutions for their rotation if they scheme connected continuing to surge up nan standings and backmost into contention, dealing 1 of their outfielders seems for illustration a formality arsenic nan nine is loaded astatine nan position pinch O’Neill, Dylan Carlson, Lars Nootbar, Juan Yepez, Alec Burleson and apical imaginable Jordan Walker. So if they look to upgrade pitching, it seems for illustration 1 of those guys is going to beryllium dealt to do so.
O’Neill is nan astir apt campaigner successful my eyes. His flashes astatine nan major-league level could beryllium capable to entice immoderate teams, peculiarly if packaged pinch different subordinate and/or prospect, to move connected from a value starter astatine nan waste and acquisition deadline and, connected apical of that, his early-season woes apt didn’t curry him immoderate favour pinch Oli Marmol and nan beforehand office. As such, nan safe stake remains that he’ll so beryllium traded astatine immoderate constituent this year.