All of you St. Louis Cardinals fans better watch out, Mookie might be heading our way!
Although the idea might be a pipe dream, the potential is there and is something you can all get behind! The Cardinals are on the potential list and this blockbuster trade could be coming our way! (Believe it or not!)
Is a trade to St. Louis in the cards for Mookie Betts? | News Headlines
In a recent piece for The Athletic, Jim Bowden did what many baseball fans and media do this time of year. He speculated about a blockbuster trade.
As the Red Sox look to potentially restructure their club and trim payroll this offseason under new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, outfielder Mookie Betts is rumored to be on the trade block. In his article, Bowden took a stab at naming three potential landing spots.
Along with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals were on the list.
On paper, the Cardinals would be a tremendous fit for the 27-year-old former American League MVP. Even with a rebound effort from Dexter Fowler, St. Louis still ranked in the bottom half of the league in production from its center fielders and right fielders this past season.
As a whole, the Cardinals offense ranked 21st in OPS and 19th in runs scored across MLB. The addition of Paul Goldschmidt helped St. Louis reach the postseason again, but it didn’t land its lineup among the more productive ones in the league. It’d be easy to argue that Mookie Betts would change that.
Betts followed up his 2018 MVP campaign with a .295/.391/.524 batting line in 2019, leading the major leagues in runs scored (135) for the second straight season. Defensively, he spent the majority of the year in right field, where he compiled an excellent plus-15 Defensive Runs Saved Above Average. One of the most talented position players in the sport, Betts would make an immediate impact wherever he lands.
Given his contract status, that’s pretty much what he’d need to do if he’s going to be worth the price the Red Sox are sure to ask in exchange for his services.
Betts is due to hit free agency following the 2020 season, which is the main reason the Red Sox would consider trading him in the first place (though they should probably just pay the man and build their future around him, instead). In his final year of salary arbitration, Betts could earn in the neighborhood of $28 million for the upcoming season. If Boston doesn’t believe it can afford Betts on a long-term extension, it’s possible they move him for younger, controllable talent this winter rather than pay him for one more season before seeing him walk as a free agent.
While it would stand to reason that the Red Sox would request a king’s ransom from teams trying to pry Betts away, Boston would also have to be realistic about its expectations given Betts’ status as a one-year rental. It’s the reason these kinds of trades are often so difficult to execute, unless the team with the expiring control of its star player is dead-set in its desire to move on.
That’s where the Cardinals matched up with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the Paul Goldschmidt trade last December. St. Louis had a glaring need for an impact bat, and Arizona wasn’t sure a high-dollar extension for its franchise face was best for the long-term health of the organization.
For Goldschmidt, the D-backs got a quality starting pitcher in Luke Weaver and a potential starting catcher in Carson Kelly. St. Louis had the luxury of depth at both positions and felt it worthwhile to cash in some of that depth for the type of proven commodity it sorely lacked. The Cardinals also had the payroll flexibility that the Diamondbacks felt they did not, and inked Goldschmidt to a five-year pact before he ever played a game for St. Louis. So far, it’s fair to say the trade has panned out reasonably well for both sides.
On the heels of that move one year ago, though, it’s hard to envision the Cardinals being willing to repeat the same trick when it comes to Betts.
Bowden speculated that the Cardinals would be unwilling to part with young talent like Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Dylan Carlson and Nolan Gorman, all of which makes sense given the team’s track record of protecting elite prospects and its public commentary on such matters. Flaherty and Hudson represent the present and future core of the starting rotation. Carlson should arrive in the big leagues at some point in 2020; Gorman is a touted former first-round pick still a few years away.
St. Louis’ reluctance to include any and all of these names for a possible rental makes perfect sense.
Instead, Bowden suggested the Cardinals could offer outfielder Randy Arozarena, catcher Andrew Knizner and 21-year-old infield prospect Elehuris Montero to entice the Red Sox into sending Betts to St. Louis. While it’s likely in general that the Cardinals would be more agreeable to parting with the players in this group, the Red Sox would similarly prefer the names in the aforementioned tier of untouchables. It’s that give-and-take conversation that could leave Boston looking elsewhere for a trade partner for an elite-caliber player like Betts.
And that’s all assuming the Cardinals would make a genuine effort to pursue Betts in the first place.
As mentioned previously, Betts’ fit for the Redbirds is obvious. But considering the money the Cardinals have already committed to Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, Miles Mikolas and Dexter Fowler, it seems unlikely they’d be looking to add a mega-contract, regardless of how well the player who signs it might fit within their roster.
The Cardinals felt comfortable with Goldschmidt as their grand expenditure last spring because of his age; the first baseman in his early thirties signed his extension for just five years. Like Bryce Harper last offseason, the younger Betts will likely seek a longer contract to take full advantage of his big chance to take a bite from the free-agent apple.
Not to mention, we’ve already heard hints from the team this offseason suggesting it’s not planning any drastic increases to the payroll.
“You know, our payroll this last year I think was sixth in Major League Baseball,” Cardinals chairman and majority owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said earlier this month at the team’s end-of-season press conference. “Our revenue was eleventh. And I think this coming year it will be similar category as it was last year, which is a pretty robust payroll given where we stand revenue-wise.”
Therein lies the catch-22 of a Mookie Betts pursuit by St. Louis. The Cardinals don’t like to trade young talent for superstar rentals unless they intend to pursue a long-term extension, as we’ve seen in the past with both Goldschmidt and Matt Holliday. And though there’s certainly an argument to be made that the Cardinals could afford to add Betts to their payroll, it seems like one to which team ownership would not be particularly receptive.
It’s fun to imagine what the Cardinals lineup might look like with Betts added near the top of it—and if there’s ever a time of year to do it, this is the one. Unfortunately, when you weigh everything it would take to get a deal done, the likelihood of the Cardinals doing it all is rather low.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Beau Rothwell, the husband of missing St. Louis County woman Jennfier Rothwell, was charged Thursday night in connection with her disappearance.
Beau Rothwell was charged with tampering with physical evidence Thursday. An additional charge of 2nd degree murder was filed Friday. St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s office has not yet commented on what led to that murder charge.
A probable cause statement said he was caught on video buying cleaning products including bleach, carpet cleaner, and gloves on Nov. 11, the day before Jennifer Rothwell was reported missing. Two days later police obtained a search warrant for the Rothwell home where detectives found a wet carpet soaked with bleach and large areas of blood, police said.
Detectives used Jennifer’s parent’s DNA to compare it to the blood found in the house. That DNA was a match.
That search resulted in police transitioning the investigation from a missing persons case to a homicide investigation Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the search for Jennifer continued late Thursday. Officers were seen searching a wooded area in between where Jennifer Rothwell’s car was found and where she lives. Police have put crime scene tape up at Ross Avenue and Sparrowwood Drive.
Police said Jennifer Rothwell, 28, was last seen Tuesday at her home. Her car, a Hyundai Sonata, was found near Olive and Fee Fee in Creve Coeur around 9:45 that night.
She has no history of running off and is normally in contact with family members and friends on a daily basis, police said, but she hasn’t reached out to anyone since leaving her home.
Rothwell’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to her whereabouts.
Her mother, Robin von Hausen, said her daughter had just moved to West County with her husband. Rothwell works at DuPont as a chemical engineer.
“She works hard. People like her. She has a lot of friends at DuPont,” von Hausen said.
Her family said police found Rothwell’s cellphone in the car but her purse was gone.
Von Hausen said it was one of her DuPont co-workers who tipped them off that something might have happened.
“A coworker texted and said, ‘Hey, how is Jennifer?’ They assumed she just hadn’t come into work because of the weather or whatnot. So, it wasn’t until late 6 ,or so, in the evening before we even knew she hadn’t made it to work,” von Hausen said.
Beau Rothwell filed a police report Tuesday night and Wednesday posted to Facebook asking for help in the search.
According to Jennifer’s Facebook page, the couple was married in September of 2015.
Beau made his first court appearance Friday morning.
Anyone with information about Rothwell is asked to contact St. Louis County police or CrimeStoppers.
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