Everyone assumes that Oscar Taveras is the heir apparent to take over for Carlos Beltran in right field in 2014. However, with the way Matt Adams has started out of the gate this season, its entirely possible that Adams starts at first next year with Allen Craig moving to right.
But, if that should happen, where does that leave Taveras?
Its a nice problem to have, as it shows the Cardinals depth and overall talent level is high. But, when you have a special talent like Taveras and a masher like Adams, you want their bats in the lineup as much as possible.
Something has got to give...
....which brings me to John Jay.
Jay has been an excellent table setter for the Cards over the last 3+ years, hitting a combined .295/.353/.398 in either the leadoff or #2 spot in the order. However, he has little power and little speed and could easily be replaced by Taveras.
For his part, Taveras has shown he is capable of playing center field, having started nearly 60% of his minor league ga...