MLB Hot Stove: What Chris Davis could mean for Cardinals
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- As the weather finally gets colder, the Hot Stove League is heating up in Major League Baseball’s offseason. FOX Sports is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals have had conversations with the agent for free agent Chris Davis, most recently of the Baltimore Orioles. Davis, a corner infielder and outfielder, has been one of the top HR hitters over the past few seasons, hitting 159 of them over the past four seasons. St. Louis is looking to add some bigger bats for 2016, but we don’t know if the team sees Davis as an option 1a in the event Jason Heyward signs elsewhere or as an addition. The need to make a significant move for the rotation following Lance Lynn’s elbow surgery makes that a more difficult question to answer right now.
Here’s a glance at how adding Davis to the mix would impact the Cardinals’ look in 2016.
Where he plays: If Heyward also re-signs, then Davis, a lefthanded hitter, figures to get most of his at-bats at first base. He could also see time in the outfield, third base and Designated Hitter for interleague matchups. Adding someone like him is one step in the team’s quest to field a getaway day lineup that doesn’t resemble a starting nine for the Memphis Redbirds.
Who Loses Out: Bringing Davis in could mean the end here for Matt Adams and Brandon Moss. Davis and Moss can also play in the outfield, but Stephen Piscotty does too and does it better. With Matt Holliday,Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk ,Jon Jay and potentially Heyward also in the mix, there’s no more room at the inn.