A Trade that Should Happen

Blue Jays Get

-Jaime Garcia, RHP
-Bryan Anderson, C
-Pete Kozma, SS
Cardinals Get
-AJ Burnett, RHP

Blue Jays Perspective
-Trading Burnett now would be a way to unload some payroll and restock the farm system. He’s not pitching very well and his value is lower than it could be but nonetheless, there are some contending teams out there that are absolutely starved for starting pitchers… like the Cards. While they probably wouldn’t be willing to send over their best prospect for him (Colby Rasmus), a combination of lesser prospects shouldn’t be a problem to work out. Like all teams, the Jays could always use some young pitching… hence Garcia but the big catch here would be the catcher, Bryan Anderson (no pun intended). He’s one of the top catching prospects in baseball and could prove to be the Jays long-term answer behind the plate. Kozma is a mid-level prospect but could serve as a decent backup in the middle infield one day. To sum it up, the Jays could end up with a very promising catcher and a pitcher that they could plug into their bullpen immediately and could eventually start for the team down the road. 

Cardinals Perspective
-In my opinion, this is a fair price for Burnett. Although he’s not pitching his best and is injury prone, the Cards wouldn’t have to completely gut their farm system to get him. Everyone knows that Burnett has the stuff to be a top-of-the-rotation starter when he’s going well and he could recapture that magic on his return to the NL. The Cards have a good chance to make the playoffs this season but no one knows how long their makeshift rotation will hold up. Guys like Kyle Lohse, Todd Wellemeyer, Joel Pineiro and Braden Looper have been pitching better than anyone thought they ever would and ever have before. Adding Burnett would give them extra insurance so they wouldn’t have to rely on question marks heading into the postseason. Once Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright return, the team would suddenly have a strong rotation, capable of going head to head with the best of the NL. The best part about this trade is they wouldn’t have to subtract from their major league team. Garcia was just promoted last week to join the bullpen and could be replaced by Wellemeyer or Looper (who were both relievers before they became starters). Anderson is a minor leaguer who is not needed now with the emergence of Yadier Molina and Kozma does not quite have as much potential as Brendan Ryan