Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Elvis Andrus is available. Should the Cardinals be interested?

According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Rangers have apparently made everyone available, including short stop Elvis Andrus. The team is seeking another bat, given the uncertainty surrounding Nelson Cruz and a potential suspension from Biogenesis, with Jim Bowden indicating that they are targeting outfielders, not DH's. 

Given the Cardinals need for an upgrade at short, would trading for Andrus make sense?

Well, that depends on what the Cardinals might have to give up for him.

If the Rangers want Oscar Taveras, I would hang up the phone and walk away. 

The Cardinals could offer up Matt Adams, but he is not an outfielder and the Rangers might want more.

Of course, the Cardinals and Rangers could make the often rumored, but never really discussed trade of Jurickson Profar for Taveras, but we've been down that road before and its unlikely to happen.

Finally, do the Cardinals really even want Andrus at this point?  After signing a 8-year, $120 million extension with the Rangers, Andrus appears to be suffering from post-big contract syndrome, hitting only .250/.310/.289.  His .599 OPS is only slightly better than Pete Kozma's .584 mark. 

So, even though Tim Dierkes of MLBtraderumors thinks Andrus would be a logical fit for the Cardinals, I just don't see the Cards making that move at this time.

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