Whom should the Cardinals take if they could take any player? Here are some ideas. Players are sorted by position and listed with their age, contract status (how many years and dollars are left; “team control” includes arbitration years), and three-year total of Baseball-Reference’s wins above replacement metric (some players listed have less than three years service time).

CATCHERS

PLAYER

2012 AGE

CONTRACT

09-11 bWAR

Brian McCann

28

1 yr/8.5m + 12m team option

9.8

Buster Posey

25

Team control until 2017

4.4

Carlos Santana

26

Team control until 2017

6.1

Joe Mauer

29

7 yr/161m

15.1

FIRST BASEMEN

Adrian Gonzalez

30

7 yr/154m

19.7

Miguel Cabrera

29

4 yr/86m

18.4

Prince Fielder

28

9 yr/214m

14.0

Albert Pujols

32

10 yr/240m

21.3

Eric Hosmer

22

Team control until 2018

1.3

Joey Votto

28

2 yr/26.5m

16.6

FIRST BASEMEN

Dustin Pedroia

28

3 yr/28m + 11m team option

15.2

Robinson Cano

29

1 yr/14m + 15m team option

15.8

Ben Zobrist

31

4 yr/25.4m, inc. 2 team options

15.2

Dustin Ackley

24

Team control until 2018

2.5

Ian Kinsler

30

1 yr/7m + 10m team option

14.1

Chase Utley

33

2 yr/30m

13.2

Rickie Weeks

29

3 yr/31m + 11.5 team option

7.9

THIRD BASEMEN

Evan Longoria

26

5 yr/39m, inc. 3 team options

20.3

Brett Lawrie

22

Team control until 2018

2.8

David Wright

29

1 yr/15m + 16m team option

7.8

Ryan Zimmerman

27

2 yr/26m

12.8

SHORTSTOPS

Jose Reyes

29

6 yr/106m + 22 team option

8.8

Hanley Ramirez

28

3 yr/46.5

11.0

Starlin Castro

22

Team control until 2017

2.8

Troy Tulowitzki

27

9 yr/148m + 15m team option

17.5

CORNER OUTFIELDERS

Jose Bautista

31

4 yr/56m + 14m team option

15.8

Mike Stanton

22

Team control until 2017

8.4

Jason Heyward

22

Team control until 2016

7.2

Ryan Braun

28

9 yr/127.5m + 20m mutual option

18.3

Justin Upton

24

4 yr/45.25m

12.1

CENTERFIELDERS

Jacoby Ellsbury

28

Team control until 2014

9.0

Mike Trout

20

Team control until 2018

0.9

Bryce Harper

19

No MLB service time

N/A

Andrew McCutchen

25

Team control until 2016

12.4

Matt Kemp

27

8 yr/160m

18.0

Carlos Gonzalez

26

6 yr/76m

9.7

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CC Sabathia

31

5 yr/117m  + 25 vesting option

16.2

David Price

26

Team control until 2016

10.0

Matt Moore

23

8 yr/37m, inc. 3 team options        

0.2

Justin Verlander

29

3 yr/60m

18.3

Jered Weaver

29

5 yr/85m

16.7

Dan Haren

31

1 yr/12.75m + 15.5m team option

13.2

Felix Hernandez

26

3 yr/58m

16.7

Roy Halladay

35

2 yr/40m + 20m vesting option

21.2

Cliff Lee

33

4 yr/86.5m + 27.5m vesting option

15.2

Cole Hamels

28

1 yr/15m

12.1

Stephen Strasburg

23

Team control until 2017

2.3

Clayton Kershaw

24

Team control until 2015

15.7

Tim Lincecum

28

2 yr/40.5m

14.3

Madison Bumgarner

22

Team control until 2017

5.4

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