The St. Louis Cardinals have a lot to be proud of in the first half of the 2022 MLB season. A 43-35 record has them trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by only 1.5 games for the NL Central lead, opening up the door for the Cardinals to be buyers ahead of this year's trade deadline.
Being buyers means that the Cardinals might have to part with one of their top prospects if it means landing a bigger name. As per The Athletic, team insider Katie Woo thinks that outfielder Alec Burleson is the prospect that the Cardinals are most likely to part ways with.
Cardinals Trade Rumors
Though Woo sees Burleson as being close to MLB-ready, she says that an "outfield populated by Tyler O’Neill, Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson" makes it tough for the prospect to crack the lineup. The best thing for St. Louis to do is to capitalize on Burleson's value instead of wasting him away.
The 23-year-old has done his best to prove that he's too good for Triple-A this season. Through 64 games with the Memphis Redbirds, Burleson has already racked up 16 home runs and 58 RBIs while slashing .341/.387/.584. Those stats alone are enough to get other teams interested.
The power-hitter has spent most of his season in leftfield, where he has a .978 fielding percentage with two errors. He's also played some innings in rightfield and at first base in previous seasons. That sort of versatility only adds to his value.
It's understandable if some Cardinals fans don't want to see a top prospect like Burleson leave. However, it's the price to pay if the club wants to solidify itself as a potential World Series contender.
Cardinals World Series Odds
The type of return that the Cardinals could get for Burleson might be enough to put them on the path to championship success. St. Louis currently has +2800 odds (No. 9) to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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