Trade Brandon Moss
At the trade deadline this past season Mozeliak traded promising pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky to the Cleveland Indians for first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss. The trade did seem a little lopsided in Cleveland’s favor but at the time the Cardinals offense was scuffling and Moss was a proven power bat and although he was struggling in Cleveland he was just one year removed from a 25-homer, 81 RBI 2014. However, Moss continued to scuffle in St. Louis, hitting a mere four homers and driving in only eight runs.
Seeing as the Cardinals did give up a bit to get Moss, expect a one-year deal around $8 million as Mozeliak will seek some sort of return on his investment. Even if Moss does get a deal from the Cardinals, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will be around for Spring Training. Mozeliak could trade Moss over the winter, with teams like the Red Sox, Orioles, or Rays being potential suitors. With Stephen Piscotty showing his offensive power (.305/.359/.494, 7 HR), and Matt Adams, although coming off an injury that limited his production, both being younger and cheaper options at first, Moss is expendable if the Cardinals decide that they would rather just get some kind of return in a trade rather than block their two prospects. I believe the Cardinals should go ahead and trade Moss, as Piscotty showed he can handle the everyday duties at first base, and Adams being a serviceable backup with some pop.