As the MLB trade deadline draws near one name that could move to the forefront of a decision for the St. Louis Cardinals is Patrick Wisdom.
Drafted by St. Louis in 2012, Wisdom is eligible to become a minor league free agent after this season if he is not part on the team’s 40-man roster. So while there technically is plenty of time before a decision has to be made, the upcoming trade deadline could speed up those plans.
Since making the managerial change, the Cardinals have gone 4-5 and fallen to 8.5 games back in the NL Central and 5.0 games out of the Wild Card. This may not mandate a fire sale, but there has to at least be consideration as to what moves could keep the team competitive for this season, but also put them in a better place for seasons to come.
Does the shuffle at third base make the most sense moving forward or could a deal better serve all involved?
There’s no rush or movement to run Jedd Gyorko or any of the other infielders out of town, but with the versatility he provides and friendly-enough contract, that could be the sort of piece a contending team would like to add to the puzzle.
Is Yairo Munoz the future at third base or will Matt Carpenter continue to rotate between the corners?
If the Cardinals believe that Wisdom could be part of their future, then why not allow for a second half audition? Regarded as a plus-defender at third base, Wisdom could help upgrade the defense while at the same time showing how his bat will play in the big leagues.
Currently at 13 home runs, Wisdom hit 31 homers last season for Memphis and is just four doubles shy of the 25 he hit last year.
“He took his power–his sort of raw power became more playable in the game a lot more than it had been and he hit a bunch of home runs and had a really good year,” said General Manager Michael Girsch recently. “This year, he’s cutting his strikeouts down and improving his batting average and just becoming a better overall season.”
Wisdom enters tonight hitting .294 on the season with 100 strikeouts and 41 walks. He hit .243, walked 38 times, and struck out 149 times last year.
If the Cardinals feel that Wisdom is not part of their long-term plans, then it would seem that he could be part of a package to find another way to improve the club during this reset process.
And with a flurry of moves this afternoon, it may behoove any team looking to make a deal to act sooner than later as the buyers are already stocking up with what they need.
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