Greetings LA. I'm a Cardinal fan who appreciates good shortstop play, which means I'm not too keen on watching Peter Kozma play shortstop longterm, but I also appreciate realism, which means I don't want to sell an entire farm system for Troy Tulowitzki or Jurickson Profar. I remember there being rumblings over the offseason about Dee Gordon trade possibilities and I was wondering if I could get some comments on the likelihood of him being a trade piece around the deadline for the Dodgers, and if so, for what value. I generally like to ask fans of the other team about (imaginary) trades rather than my own Cardinal fan friends, because it just is more entertaining and realistic.
The impression I get is that Gordon is getting a second chance after a bad sophomore slump season. I'm not too updated on how he has done this year, so I'm not sure where his value has gone since the offseason, but back then people were talking about him in conjunction with Skip Schumaker. Most insane Cardinal fans thought that was a good value and most sane ones did not, and that was obviously proven right. So I get the impression that his value would be on the small package level for back of rotation pitching and near everyday bench depth, with appropriate prospects to make up any extra difference. Play around with the players if a bullpen pitcher was added with him in the trade. But again, feel free to correct me on his value since I haven't kept track of him. I see him as someone who still has high potential but also question marks about whether he will reach that, which brings his value down from what it would have been.
From the Cardinal fan side, just know that its unrealistic to think that the Cardinals would include Oscar Taveras or Shelby Miller in any trade (including for Profar), and Adams, Carlos Martinez in any but a blockbuster. Trevor Rosenthal, Kolten Wong and Michael Wacha are almost on that level too, they have high value (Wong more to the organization) but I'd have to say they're on the fringe of tradeable.
Pieces that are definitely in the tradeable cateogry would be more along the lines of Matt Carpenter (consistent hitter, highly versatile able to play 1B, 2B, 3B and both corner outfield spots) , Joe Kelly (good back of the rotation potential proven last year, good heat, bullpen flexibility) , #7 prospect Tyrell Jenkins (promising, high upside, but a few years off).
Anyway, I'd love to hear your input on where his value is at, is he viably tradeable, what assets you would want to gain around deadline time for him, etc. Thanks!