Randy Arozarena was arguably the best player in the MLB Playoffs, and even though baseball is a team sport, he helped carry the Rays to the World Series.
In fact, without Arozarena, it’s unlikely that the Rays would have managed to sneak by the Yankees in the American League Division Series. But Arozarena was a one-man wrecking crew, and he did damage agains the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers. No pitcher could continually get him out, and he scored the only run in the team’s World Series elimination game on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals actually were the first MLB team to have Arozarena on their roster, as they signed him as a free agent back in 2016. But the team traded him away in January, and Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak recently took the blame for the pivotal mistake.
Every front office swings and misses from time to time, but it’s scary to think how good the Cardinals offense could have been this season with a red-hot Arozarena in the lineup.