Elehuris Montero

Third baseman and Midwest League MVP Elehuris Montero of the Peoria Chiefs watches his 428-foot home run in a 2018 game against the Burlington Bees at Peoria's Dozer Park.  (Photo by Ron Johnson / Courtesy of Peoria Journal Star)

QUESTION: So much for the dream of Nolan Arenado playing for the Redbirds. He's extending with the Rockies. Now what?

BENFRED: Extend Paul Goldschmidt. Pick up the Matt Carpenter team extension. Cross your fingers that the pipeline produces a third baseman of the future. Good chance that it will, considering the names moving toward the majors: Elehuris Montero, Nolan Gorman, Malcolm Nunez.

And besides, what evidence is there to suggest the Cardinals would have been comfortable spending big enough to land Arenado if he did reach free agency?

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