The Cardinals may look to trade outfielder Randal Grichuk this offseason, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The 26-year-old had an up and down season with the Cards this season.
Grichuk battled inconsistencies all season that led to his demotion to Triple-A where he played in 14 games this season. Still, Grichuk managed to play 61 games in the first half as well as the second half of the season, and his numbers improved during the latter part of the season.
In the first half, Grichuk struggled to a .215/.270/.408 (.678 OPS) with nine homers and 30 RBIs, but he improved in the second half hitting .265/.303/.550 (.854 OPS) with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs. Overall, he finished with a .238/.285/.473 with 22 homers, 25 doubles and 59 RBIs.
The Cardinals have a number of outfielders competing for playing time in Dexter Fowler, Stephen Piscotty, Tommy Pham as well as Jose Martinez, Harrison Bader, Magneuris Sierra and prospect Tyler O’Neill. With this log-jam in the outfield, the Cardinals could pull from these assets to upgrade other parts of the roster or farm system.
Coming off a disappointing 83-79 season where they finished third in the NL Central, the Cards will look to shake things up on the roster this winter to field a postseason-contending team in 2018.