St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz warned us a while ago that the St. Louis Cardinals should trade Matt Adams at the own risk. Miklasz made this warning before the acquistion of Peter Bourjos and before Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went off the market.

Adams is expendable. If all goes as expected, Oscar Taveras will be the right fielder on Opening Day rather than spending more time in Memphis. It’s always possible that Taveras gets more seasoning in Memphis being that he only played in 47 games last year–all but one in AAA. I feel that having Taveras playing every other day in platoon situations would not be to his benefit during the upcoming season.

There’s the question of whether Taveras projects better as a corner outfielder rather than center. In 5 seasons in the minor leagues, Taveras logged 211 games in center and 70 in right field.

With Carlos Beltran‘s time with the Cardinals at an end, right field is, in theory, free. You could play Allen Craig in right with Adams at first but I don’t see that happening in the long term. A lot of that has to do with his injury history.