St. Louis Cardinals
Current OF depth
Dexter Fowler (34) – Career WAR: 19.8 in 1,422 G (FA: 2022)
Harrison Bader (26) – Career WAR: 5.6 in 298 G (FA: 2024)
Tyler O’Neill (25) – Career WAR: 1.5 in 121 G (FA: 2025)
Tommy Edman (25) – Career WAR: 3.9 in 91 G (FA: 2026)
Lane Thomas – (24) Career WAR: 0.6 in 34 G (FA: 2026)
The Cardinals are a team known to churn out talent from their farm system and turn them into franchise cornerstones, such as Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and company. From time to time, they’ll spend some money in free agency as well.
Ever so rarely do you see them trade for top talent in the game, but they recently did so with Paul Goldschmidt. With the lack of young proven talent at the outfield spots and with Dexter Fowler on his way out in the next couple of years, they could use another veteran presence with pop.
Unlike the Giants, the Cardinals play in a small market. However, the Cardinals often rank in the top half, if not the top 10, in spending each year. The Cardinals, along with the Giants, were noted as a team that was interested in Stanton when the Marlins were shopping him, but with that no-trade clause, Stanton was able to finagle his way to the Bronx.
Why would the Cardinals do it? They always want to compete, and although they don’t shy away from giving their homegrown guys a chance, teams like the Cubs, Brewers and Reds are all looking to compete in the coming years, so the Red Birds will have to keep pace.