Should the St. Louis Cardinals Trade for Alex Colomé?
During this year’s annual MLB GM Meetings, word circulated about the Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto being open to listening to offers for many of their club’s players.
After hearing that Seattle could possibly be sellers, I wrote an article of Mariners players that I could see the St. Louis Cardinals being interested in, or at least enquiring about. You can read that here:
While some of the names I mentioned, may not have seemed like complete upgrades or true fits, there was a name that I omitted that could be of interest to St. Louis.
The soon to be 30 year old reliever got traded to the Mariners last season along with Denard Span from Tampa Bay, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore and minor league pitcher Tommy Romero. Colomé had been closing for the Rays and went from having 37 saves in his 2016 season (where he was named an All-Star) to earning 47 saves for Tampa Bay in 2017.
After being acquired by Seattle, he was slotted into the bullpen alongside closer Edwin Diaz. In 46.1 inning of work for the Mariners, Colome pitched to a 2.53 ERA, with 49 K. He also accumulated a W/L record of 5-0 out of the pen in ‘18.
Last off-season, there were plenty of trade rumors linking Alex as a pitcher of interest for the Cardinals. However nothing came of it, as they apparently didn’t view him as a closer, electing to go the route of acquiring Luke Gregerson, Dominic Leone & Bud Norris as the bullpen upgrades.
Gregerson & Leone spent their 2018 seasons camped out on St. Louis’ disabled list and Bud Norris is now a free agent despite pitching well for a majority of last season.
Seattle is looking for a DH with Nelson Cruz now a free agent, and the Cardinals have a player in José Martinez who would be best suited in a DH role. If the Mariners wanted pitching in return, St. Louis has that too.
Unsure of what both sides could come up with in negotiations, it would be at least something to consider for a Cardinals team that isn’t quite ready to anoint Jordan Hicks the closer role.
While that may not be the role they would feel comfortable putting Colome in either, it would strengthen the late inning options of a struggling bullpen, and allow them to focus on adding a lefty reliever next.
Colome is arbitration-eligible in 2019 & 2020.
Would he be an arm that you’d like to see the Cardinals acquire this off-season? If so, what player(s) would you be willing to part with in an offer to Seattle? If not, who are some bullpen arms that you’d like to St. Louis go after?
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