The St. Louis Cardinals are apparently considering offering the whole shebang for Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado, and our speculation following the prized Matt Liberatore trade we thought could pay future dividends for the team is turning out to have legitimate merit.
The latest reported offer from the Cardinals' camp is the following: outfielder Tyler O'Neill, pitchers Dakota Hudson and Carlos Martinez, plus -- you guessed it -- the young gun Matt Liberatore.
Hudson was a consistent starter for the Cardinals' rotation in 2019, and posted a 16-7 record with a 3.35 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He also had the highest ground ball percentage (56.9) and lowest fly ball percentage (21.3) in the majors.
Hudson and Martinez are two of the highest-rated arms in the Cards organization, but the latter has caught the injury bug as of late. He was a two-time opening day starter in '17 and '18, but began the 2019 campaign on the injured reserve with a strained-rotator cuff.
Martinez ended the season with closing duties, saving 24 games in 27 appearances. O'Neill, meanwhile, had 37 hits and five big flies on the year in limited time.
The Cards are not the only team in contention for Arenado's production, though.
The Rangers, Cubs and many others are all viable contenders for the highly sought-after slugger. The Arenado trade talks are just beginning, but the Cards have solidified themselves as a top contender with this offer, should it prove true.