Midway through the offseason, and the Cardinals have already made their team better. However, there are still a few more holes. Corner infield comes to mind, and Mike Moustakas mike fill that hole.
Moustakas has played in Kansas City all six years of his career. He has always been a prominent force in that Royals lineup, but now, entering free agency, it seems as a near guarantee that he will be on a different team in 2018. Being only 29, he’s relatively young, and that could be exactly what the Cardinals need. Moustakas has been nothing but consistent with his stats over the past three years, hitting 67 long balls since 2015. He dealt with injuries in 2016, however, outside of that he has also been able to stay on the field most all of his career. On top of his obvious home run threat, Moustakas also has the ability to hit for average, showing it in 2015 when he batted .284, but over his career, he’s only hit .251, but the potential is there. The two time all star struggles a bit on defense, being a career .960 fielder, which isn’t awful, but definitely isn’t a gold glover.
What could the addition of Mike Moustakas do for St. Louis? Well, he would be penciled in the middle of the lineup everyday, more than likely behind Ozuna, Carpenter, and DeJong. It would keep Carpenter at first base, which might not be a bad thing, considering that if he moved positions, it would be the third time he’s moved. It would also keep Jose Martinez in a similar role as last year, 4th outfielder and backup first baseman, a role he thrived in. However, it would also move Jedd Gyorko into a bench role, similar to what he was in 2016, when he had a breakout season. Also a Moustakas signing would force a competition in spring training for the last bench spot too, more than likely. Greg Garcia would almost have to be the favorite, but guys like Luke Voit, Breyvic Valera, Yairo Munoz, and Edmundo Sosa could all change that and earn a spot if they have good spring trainings.Finally, you have to think that Moustakas would fit here because he has experience with the state of Missouri. Playing every year of his career in Kansas City, he is at least a bit familiar with the weather and atmosphere of the state of Missouri.
So, really, why wouldn’t an add of Moustakas work? Yes, his defense isn’t the best, but, he doesn’t strikeout a ton, only 94 times in 2017, he has mad power, hitting 38 home runs last season, and all but one of those would of gotten out at Busch. On top of that, who wouldn’t want to see a potential lineup that would include Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, Mike Moustakas, Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham, Yadier Molina, and Dexter Fowler?