At the trade deadline, the Juan Soto sweepstakes were the talk of the town.
Soto had just rejected the Washington Nationals’ contract extension offer of 15 years and $440 million.
Ultimately, the San Diego Padres were the team to land him, acquiring Josh Bell in the process.
The St. Louis Cardinals were a team that was said to be in on the slugger.
One Cardinals fan commented on the situation months later and expressed relief that the team did not trade for Soto.
Kinda glad the #STLCards didn’t mortgage their future by trading for Juan Soto
Embrace the future, they’re coming. pic.twitter.com/M5201Invfh
— Ryan (@The_Ryan_Shull) November 11, 2022
Why Soto Didn’t Make Sense For Cards
While Soto would have given the Cardinals an elite offense, they also would have had to have parted ways with some top prospects.
With both Walker and Winn making strides down in the minors, it makes sense that the Cardinals chose not to trade for Soto.
Plus, it would not have fixed the team’s most glaring need, which was starting pitching.
With Walker on the rise, there is reason to be excited if you’re a Cardinals fan.
Walker has been mashing down at Triple-A and in the Arizona Fall League.
Perhaps Walker could claim one of the team’s corner outfield spots out of spring training.
St. Louis is in need of some power bats this offseason.
With Walker in the system, one of those fixes could come internally.