Wow, times they are a changing. Building from with-in has turned into a novelty, and all Cardinals fans should prepare for an interesting 24 hours. The fun began early this morning when the St. Louis front office made the big league club better and proved how much Harrison Bader has put himself on the map.
Charlie Tilson grew up in Chicago and may be returning very soon as he was dealt to the White Sox for LHP Zach Duke. This deal is a great move for both sides in my opinion, not unlike the move last summer for Brandon Moss. Duke comes with a year of control and extensive experience in the NL Central. The former Pirate phenom has donned the Cincy uniform as well as turned he career around while a member of the Brew Crew bullpen.
Tilson, on the other hand, was added to the 40-man roster last Winter but honestly needed this move to have a real chance at making his dent in the majors. He wasn’t having a bad season for Memphis but the depth chart was full ahead of him with Bader storming the gate. Would things have turned out differently had Tilson not lost a year due to injury? Well some things we will never know but wish him luck moving to the AL Central.
Duke can be used in a number of ways, and this might be the only deal made by the Cardinals. Bullpen help was a must, and now there are a trio of lefties Matheny can use to get past the Cubs. Of course since there is plenty more time left before tomorrow’s trade deadline, check back as the fireworks are far from over!