April 11, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball Essential)


The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the most successful teams of the last decade in the National League, making the playoffs six out of 10 seasons while also winning a World Series in 2011. St. Louis appeared in the postseason every year from 2011-15, losing in the World Series in 2013 and the National League Championship Series in both 2012 and 2014. From 2016-18, they failed to make the playoffs, but last season they returned to October baseball, losing in the NLCS to the Washington Nationals.

Their success over the last 10 years, especially in the first half of the decade, boils down to trades that they made before 2010, like acquiring postseason hero David Freese in 2008 from the San Diego Padres for Jim Edmonds and acquiring Adam Wainwright from the Atlanta Braves in 2003. When it comes to their recent winning seasons, the front office did a great job of drafting and developing. Dakota Hudson, Jack Flaherty, and Michael Wacha were all drafted by St. Louis, while others like Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong were picked up via the Amateur Draft.

Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League…

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