The MLB season is a 162-game gauntlet. A gauntlet that players start to feel as the season goes from June to July, and from July to August.
When players start feeling that wear and tear and need a day off, that's when teams need superb utilitymen to step in and not miss a beat.
Enter Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas is one of the bigger free agents still available on the market. He brings with him a big bat — 38 home runs last season — and, at least historically, solid defense. Signing Moustakas would instantly solidify any team at the hot corner.
Now enter Jedd Gyorko.
Originally traded to the Cardinals from the Padres for Jon Jay as a utility man in 2015, Gyorko put up his best offensive season of his career with St. Louis while spending most of his time at the hot corner.
By signing Moustakas, the Cardinals would add solid depth by moving Gyorko back to the bench while keeping and likely improving production at third base.
In 2017 if you platooned Jedd Gyorko and Mike Moustakas— Swanklin Gutierrez (@hippiehoppin) December 21, 2017
.284 37 HRs 82 RBIs OPS would be around .900 ... OBP around .360
Though Gyorko was very serviceable against righties (.255/.329/.424), he absolutely smashed lefties to the tune of .327/.381/.594. Platooned with second baseman Kolten Wong, who hit .288/.380/.431 against righties, the Cardinals could own one of the best second base units in all of baseball.
And while team's don't usually tend to platoon star players, a Gyorko platoon with Moustakas would be absolutely devastating.
Gyorko's versatility also allows him to give Moustakas and shortstop Paul DeJong valuable days off to keep their bats fresh and bodies energized. It's a long season, and if Gyorko can replicate his offensive production from last season around the left side of the infield, St. Louis won't ever miss a beat.
And not only is hit bad solid, his defense is nothing to scoff over either.
This is all while Moustakas puts up another All-Star quality season at third base. At only 29 years old, Moose is right in the thick of his prime and would not surprise anyone if he had at least one or two career-years while playing at Busch Stadium.
Signing Moustakas would not only improve the Cardinals at third base, but improve them throughout the infield.