Could Harrison Bader Be In The Cards For The Red Sox?

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Last year on Opening Day, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader crushed a solo home run into the left field stands.  Bader would go back-to-back with Kolten Wong to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

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Bader could become a superstar in Major League Baseball.  He is the definition of hard work and work ethic.  Bader, 25, stands at 6-feet tall and 195 pounds.  The bread and butter of his game is his defensive prowess in centerfield.  If Hader is truly going to break out into a superstar, he will have to make sure he is grinding out each at bat. 

“The swings I’m taking in here, I need to prepare myself for Game 7 of the World Series.”  The Cardinals have missed the playoffs the last three seasons.  This comes on the heels of five straight seasons of making it into October.  The Cardinals seemed poised and ready to get back to where they belong. 

Major League Baseball is in need of stars who want to be at the forefront of promoting the game.  Bader can be one of the those stars, especially in the midwest playing for the Cardinals.  What I like about Bader is he works hard and understands that baseball is a grind.  Baseball fans love players they can relate to on the field.  Bader’s work ethic will allow him to connect with the fans of the game. 

“You know the notion of hard work, it really does tie Midwesterners and the people of New York City together.  Because the hard work is something that is instilled at a young age” said Bader to the Players Tribune. 

His teammate Matt Carpenter thinks Bader will have a breakout season saying “he’s a superstar talent who’s only got more and more room to improve.” 

Bader compares a lot like current Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.  If Bader turns into Kiermaier the Cardinals would be more than happy to have an athletic supreme defensive center fielder roaming the outfield.  No one will know what kind of offensive player Bader will become, but from the way he talks and what people think of him, he certainly has the opportunity to become a well rounded superstar for the Cardinals.  He will save a lot of runs in the outfield this season.  There is nothing better than a diving catch to save a nail biter of a game in the ninth inning. 

In 2018, Bader hit .264 with 12 home runs and had 15 stolen bases.  Bader is going to hit dingers and steal bases, but the Cardinals and fans will want that consistently.  I think Bader can do that. 

Bader is ultimately trying to forget the 2018 season and was ready to move on to 2019. “What continues to push me - those feelings of the season being over in 2018, and the feeling I had in my stomach….that just can’t ever happen again.” 

Shop for officially licensed MLB Jerseys from Majestic at Shop.MLB.comBader followed up his 2018 with this stat line: .205 batting average, 12 home runs and 39 RBI. 

Could Bader be a piece for the Boston Red Sox?  The Cardinals have a surplus of young outfield talent and could move someone this offseason.  New Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has moves to make and money to move. 

It’s been no secret the Sox are looking for dance partners for Mookie Betts.  Betts' uncertainty beyond this season means he’s likely to be dealt this offseason, or at the trade deadline at the very least. 

The Cardinals have a reputation in baseball on acquiring players a year from free agency via trade and then locking them up.  A prime example was Paul Goldschmidt last season in a deal with the Diamondbacks.  They’ve also done this with Scott Rolen, Jason Heyward and Matt Holliday. 

The Cardinals will need a replacement in the lineup with Marcel Ozuna rejected their qualifying offer a few weeks back. 

The Cardinals have players Bloom could want in a Betts to St. Louis swap.  The one player that should headline the deal is Harrison Bader, if the Sox are looking for young talented prospects, and/or big leaguers with some service time. 

Could Bloom pry away Bader and catcher Ivan Herrera and first baseman Rangel Ravelo?  The casual Sox fan just read that and said who the f… are these guys?  Just give me a quick minute.

Goldschmidt is signed through 2024, which basically seals the deal that Ravelo will ever see the majors barring an injury to the stud first baseman.  The 27-year old Ravelo has been a proven contributor at the minor league level.  He has also spent some time at the corner outfield positions to give the Cards more depth.  In 29 games with the Cards he hit .205 with two dingers and seven RBI.  It is a small sample size for Ravelo. 

Ivan Herrera signed with the Cardinals in 2017 when he was 17.  Herrera played very well in the Dominican Summer League by going .335 and 27 RBI in 49 games.  Herrera is currently projected to be offensively better at this point in his career than defensively.  The Red Sox have Christian Vazquez locked up right now, but Herrera could provide a long term solution if the Sox are looking to move Vazquez after the 2020 season to free up some money.  Herrera is blocked by catching prospect Andrew Knizner, who is the current heir apparent behind the dish. 

Now back to the Sox.  Could the following deal to the Cardinals happen? 

  • Cardinals acquire: RF Mookie Betts
  • Red Sox acquire: C Ivan Herrera | 1B Rangel Ravelo | CF Harrison Bader
This seems like a haul for Betts, who has one year of control, but the way the Cardinals convince players to stay after only a year of being in St. Louis bodes well for Betts staying long term.  Herrera and Ravelo may never see time in St. Louis with the current players blocking their path to the majors. 

The Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak isn’t exactly trigger happy, but he traded Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly and Andy Young for Goldschmidt last offseason.  Bloom and Mozeliak could swing another franchise altering deal in a few weeks. 

Bader is focused on 2020 and on ensuring he can be the best player he can be for the Cardinals.  For Bader, he is charismatic and under the Cardinals control for through 2024.  Bader checks all the boxes of a player an organization should hitch its wagon too.  He’s a flashy player, hustles in the field and grinds out at-bats.  Plus the ladies of St. Louis have said he’s not bad to look at either either. 

Bader is going to play with heart and hustle and Red Sox fans will eat that up.  If and when the Red Sox cut ties with Jackie Bradley Jr, Bader's elite defense in centerfield could help Sox fans forget all about JBJ. 



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