The Cardinals’ Biggest Question This Off-Season: Nolan or Nolan?


The St. Louis Cardinals went into this offseason with two goals in mind, adding pitching depth and adding a power bat to the lineup to complement Paul Goldschmidt. The Cardinals went out this off-season and got Kwang Hyun Kim, a Korean pitcher who could either be their 5th starter or a long reliever out of the pen. That may solve some of their pitching problems but the Cardinals’ biggest question this offseason was, how would they improve their offense? Their lack of production was on full display in the NLCS, where the Cards put up a .130 batting average with only six runs scored! With the potential loss of Marcell Ozuna, who may still resign, the Cardinals need to add a difference-maker at the plate, which leads us to wonder who that may be.

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Cardinals and Rockies have been in contact about a possible Arenado deal.

Arenado to St. Louis?

The Cardinals are in the running for Arenado, but the price may be too high. The main piece that would possibly be going back to the Rockies may be the Cardinals #2 prospect in Nolan Gorman. Gorman, who has such raw power, won the 2017 High School Home Run Derby in Florida. Gorman would also play in the Under Armour All-America baseball game in 2017 along with the under-18 USA national team in 2018, helping lead them to gold! As a high school senior, Gorman hit .421 with ten home runs. After getting drafted by the Cardinals in 2018, he has hit .263 with 32 home runs in the minors. Gorman is only 19 and has the bat to anchor the Cardinals offense in the future. Gorman is projected to reach the Majors in 2021, which makes an Arenado trade a little more plausible with the Cardinals in win-now mode.

Is Two Years Worth the Risk?

With Arenado, you know you’re getting the best third baseman in baseball, who has tons of pop at the plate. He would solve the Cardinals hole in the middle of the lineup and would fix the Cardinals’ defensive woes at the hot corner. It seems like an easy decision, but is it? Arenado has an opt-out after 2021, so the Cards could lose him after only two years. Is that worth your future at third base? That’s the biggest question facing the Cardinals, who have to be sure they can keep Arenado or rework his contract before agreeing to any deal that would include their future at third base. With deals heating up right before spring training, will we see a new Cardinals third baseman, or will we see another season of uncertainty at the hot corner? Only time will tell!

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