COMMENTARY | With baseball clearly already focused on the "hot stove" season, fans are busy dreaming up creative and unreasonable ways to focus on upgrading their favorite team's roster.
Fantasy sports and video games have turned everyone into a credible general manager, and St. Louis Cardinals fans are no different.
It is clear that the Cardinals, and general manager John Mozeliak admitted as much in a recent press conference, are interested in making a substantial upgrade at the shortstop position. The name all Cardinals fans want to focus on is Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.
The Cardinals have a bevy of young, cheap talent and the Rockies have a lot of needs to address in order for the Colorado franchise to take the next step toward contention. Everyone is chiming in on how St. Louis and Colorado may be a possible match, with Tulowitzki as the centerpiece of a possible deal.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com even chimed in with a hypothetical trade proposal, offering the following ridiculous take:
"Tulo to the Cardinals for - deep breath now - first baseman Allen Craig, right-handers Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal and a fourth, lesser prospect, with the Rockies paying a chunk of Tulowitzki's remaining $130 million."
Rosenthal is usually a pretty level-headed reporter and generally has a nice grasp of what is happening in the game. He goes on in his piece to explain that this trade will likely not happen.
But this trade proposal is beyond crazy.
First, the St. Louis Cardinals are not going to be moving Allen Craig. Period. End of story. Craig is too productive in the middle of the Cardinals' order, with his 97 RBIs in 134 games played. Craig is too flexible with his ability to play both first base and the corner outfield positions. Finally, Craig is too cheap. His five-year, $31 million deal that he signed with the Cardinals last season is too much of a bargain for Mozeliak to trade away.
Trading Allen Craig will likely not happen, but moving Matt Adams as part of a package is much more likely.
Next, Rosenthal's trade proposal suggests that the Cardinals trade not one, but two very high-profile young pitchers with unlimited upside and that simply is not reasonable
Miller, Rosenthal, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez are the type of prospects used as the lone centerpiece of a deal. The Cardinals are lucky to have four of these guys, capable of being front-line starters, like Wacha and Miller, or dominant relievers, like Rosenthal and possibly Martinez.
The Cardinals may very well trade one of these chips in a deal, but moving two of them would be extremely difficult and highly unlikely, considering that the strength of this Cardinals team figures to be centered around pitching for years to come.
While Rosenthal's trade proposal is certainly absurd, it does point out the unlikelihood the Cardinals will land Tulowitzki. The asking price is too high. There is no way that Mozeliak deals away this much in assets for an injury risk like Tulowitzki.
Maybe Rosenthal was simply trying to set those expectations for Cardinals fans. That trading for a shortstop like Tulowitzki is going to come with a higher price than people in St. Louis believe.
But it should be noted that the Cardinals are in a position of strength as they search for a new shortstop. Mozeliak has what few others in baseball possess and the Cardinals would be better suited to build around that strength of young, power pitching rather than trade it away for a shortstop with an injury riddle past and a high price tag.
Let the crazy trade proposals continue, but let's expect that any action by Mozeliak and the Cardinals will be much more reasonable than what Ken Rosenthal projects.
Corey Rudd is owner/editor of StlSportsMinute.com and co-host of Fan Interference on CBS Sports 920 AM in St. Louis. Rudd writes about the St. Louis Cardinals , St. Louis Rams and Missouri Tigers football team as a contributor for Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter here.
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