BenFred: Good news for Cardinals is affordable power is for sale this free agency | Ben Frederickson

The first two either didn’t play or barely played in 2020. Count me out.

The other one, Braun, is quite disliked in St. Louis. Would that be the case if he was hitting baseballs into Big Mac Land for the Cardinals? I don’t think so. Color me intrigued. The soon-to-be 37-year-old has knocked 20-plus home runs in four of his last five full seasons. He’s an obvious DH if his power is on, or he could spend time at third base or corner outfield. His worse-than-usual 2020 still featured more home runs (eight) than any current Cardinal.

Here’s another buy-low option to consider: Edwin Encarnacion.

The White Sox declined the slugger’s $12 million option after a disappointing season included . . . 10 home runs. No Cardinals hitter had more than seven. Maybe Encarnacion is toast after a batting line of .157/.250/.377. Or, maybe he had a bad year in

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