The Indians have shown interest in Cardinals’ outfielders Randal Grichuk and Tommy Pham, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Pham is having a season of career highs, slashing a healthy .311/.398/.529 with 14 homers. He’s also stolen 13 bases this season and partnered with Bradley Zimmer would be terror on the base path for Cleveland’s opponents. The speed bump here? Pham is under Cardinals control for the next four years.
Grichuk might be a little easier to acquire. The 25-year old will be arbitration-eligible in 2018. Grichuk was off to a rough start in 2017 but has since evened out, hitting .235/.285/.451.
St. Louis is known to be listening on both players but obviously have zero urgency to deal either of them due to their contract situations. The Cards have a surplus of outfielders, with newcomer Tyler O’Neill joining Pham, Grichuk, Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Magneuris Sierra and Stephen Piscotty as young options in the organization.
The Cardinals could fall on either side of the buy/sell divide at the deadline. Now just a few games out from first place in the NL Central, they’re in a decent position to make a postseason push and are open to dealing the outfielders if the price is right. They’ve also been linked to rumors about dealing starting pitcher Lance Lynn.