Oscar Taveras Rumors: Cardinals Internally Discussing Calling Taveras Up

The St. Louis Cardinals may stay quiet at the trade deadline this year, and one of the reasons why could be the proximity to the majors of top hitting prospect Oscar Taveras. Taveras has been tearing through Double-A this year, hitting .324/.385/.578 with 19 homers and 75 runs batted in and is considered by the industry to be one of the absolute best hitting prospects in the minor leagues.

The Cardinals have had issues in centerfield this season, and are reportedly discussing bringing Taveras up to the majors.

Jon Jay started off the year on fire, but sat out over a month due to injury and has struggled mightily since returning. His replacements have been inadequate, and though the team can slide Carlos Beltran over to center, that's not his ideal position. If the Cardinals do call Taveras up, it's highly unlikely that he would assume a starting role, but he could be a needed shot in the arm in center.

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