The St. Louis Cardinals are feeling the pressure with the Chicago Cubs skyrocketing in the National League Central division race. They are quite a ways back of the Cubs and quite simply are seeing their Wild Card hopes continue to diminish. Now that Matt Holliday has gone down with yet another injury, the Cardinals could be looking to make a trade.
According to a report from ESPN, the Cardinals are trying to trade for Houston Astros’ outfielder Carlos Gomez.
Gomez hasn’t had a good season in Houston, but there is no question that he can be salvaged. He has shown major potential in the past and perhaps being traded to a new situation in St. Louis would be what he needs to get his career back on track.
Throughout the 2016 season with the Astros in 85 games, Gomez has recorded a .210 batting average to go along with five home runs and 29 RBI’s. His numbers certainly don’t represent the talent that he possesses. St. Louis would be very wise to buy at a low price and do everything they can to help him turn things around.
At 30-years-old, Gomez is the type of veteran presence that the Cardinals need to pick up to help replace Holliday. He may not be the exact player that would fill the gaping hole that Holliday’s injury has left, but there is the chance that he could be exactly the needed acquisition.
Another name that has been brought up as a potential trade target for the Cardinals is Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Jeff Francoeur.
No matter what the Cardinals end up doing, they have to get the ship righted in the near future. They cannot continue losing games and falling even farther behind the Cubs and back in the Wild Card race. St. Louis is currently just half a game back from the second Wild Card spot heading into today’s action.
Expect to hear more coming out of St. Louis about the Cardinals in the near future. They are in the market to make a move and it wouldn’t be shocking if they end up landing Gomez.