Trade Rumor: Cardinals Dealing With Twins, Rangers


It's no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals' pitching staff is in a bit of disarray these days. Ace Jack Flaherty has been out since the beginning of June, and the team has gone into a funk since then, losers of 17 of their last 23 games, wallowing in 4th place in the NL Central, a full 6 games back. 

Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has been scouring the trade market for viable starting pitching help, and sources say that Jose Berrios and Michael Pineda of the Minnesota Twins, and Kyle Gibson of the Texas Rangers, all of whom are having very strong seasons, have been in the Cardinals' sights

The Twins may feel that they won't be able to afford Berrios when he becomes a free agent after next season, but his asking price will be high. Former major league GM Jim Bowden feels it'll take at least two top-5 prospects to land Berrios. Pineda is another Twin having a fine season, and is also an impending free agent. 

Kyle Gibson has been the ace of the Texas staff this year, with a 5-0 record, and 2.17 ERA, by far the best numbers of Gibson's career. Is it sustainable, is the question. 

The Cardinals have stated they are ready to shake up the rotation. Starters John Gant and Carlos Martinez have been dreadful, with only the ancient Adam Wainwright proving reliable on the bump these days. 

Flaherty isn't expected back from his oblique injury until after the All-Star Break at least, so if the Cardinals can't turn things around in a hurry, the 2021 season may be lost. 

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