While the Cardinals are shopping for a shortstop—Troy Tulowitzki, Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus, Erick Aybar, et al—they are also interested in Oakland’s Jed Lowrie, who can give them length in their batting order. The Athletics could trade Lowrie and send Addison Russell to the majors this season. Russell has drawn comps to Barry Larkin, and one NL scout says “he has uncanny skills to drive the ball and drive it hard in and out of the park in the alleys.”
While agents are roaming the area stirring business for free agents, one says, “the fact is, most of what the general managers are talking about here are trades. The free agent stuff will come in awhile. Remember, this is just the beginning of the trade and market season.”