USA Today’s Nightengale Thinks Cards Could Be Offseason’s ‘Most Fascinating’ Team

Another MLB trade deadline in the books and some Cards fans will no doubt be non-plussed at their favorite team’s stance, but this offseason could be different.

At least that’s what USA Today’s Bob Nightengale thinks; and while it may not make fans feel any better at the moment, it also makes sense given their surplus at certain positions.

“They’ve got so many guys in the same position. A million outfielders (and) second basemen,” Nightengale recently told Bernie Miklasz. “Use those guys for the winter because you’re not going to get anything now for them.”

Indeed. They didn’t get anything for anybody, though it likely wasn’t from lack of hearing offers or trying. Reports within the past 24 hours had the Indians as the latest team potentially interested in Tommy Pham or Randal Grichuk.

Whether or not Pham becomes an offseason target remains to be seen, but Nightengale wouldn’t discount considering offers for him or most other Cardinals.

“I’m not saying, ‘Trade a Tommy Pham,’ but Tommy Pham’s trade value now is higher than it’s ever been,” Nightengale said. “You’ve got guys performing well. You’ve got a lot of young prospects…I think, come this winter, I would put everybody on that table except for Carlos Martinez and kind of reload.”

With the Cards being the “in-betweeners” they have been this season, it wouldn’t have made sense to make a deal without a nice return. It was general knowledge Lance Lynn drew interest, but ultimately not as much as Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish as both were dealt near the 11th hour. John Mozeliak and company likely aimed for a better return than the compensatory pick they’ll get should Lynn walk.

But the Cards are still missing lots of pieces and need a fresh approach with some fresh bodies. It’s somewhat understandable they didn’t land them before today, but fans likely won’t think the same this winter.

“I think the Cardinals have a chance to be the most fascinating team of the offseason,” Nightengale added. “Just because I think they’ll make Major League trades for Major League players.”

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