It seems like a day cannot go by without someone bringing up the possibility of a Oscar Taveras for Jurickson Profar trade. The latest coming from former GM Jim Bowden on ESPN Insider (subscription required), who labels it as a "challenge" trade--one that could define the GM's careers.
Of the face of it, the trade seems to make sense. Profar is generally consider the top prospect in baseball, but is blocked at the major league level by Elvis Andrus. Taveras is considered the 3rd best prospect in baseball, but is blocked by a loaded Cardinals outfield.
The Cardinals need a long-term solution at short, where shortstop Pete Kozma has done admirably in his short tenure, but there is skepticism as to whether he can keep it up. On the other hand, the Rangers need a replacement for Nelson Cruz, who will be a free agent after this season.
One concern for the Cardinals is that Carlos Beltran will be a free agent after this season and Taveras is seen as the heir apparent in right fiel...