MLB Rumors: Cardinals Linked To Marlins In Trade Talks

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, if the Miami Marlins are really looking for a trade partner for one of their pitchers, they need look no farther than the St. Louis Cardinals. 

"The teams have engaged in at least preliminary trade discussions, sources said," writes Rosenthal, while noting that the Cardinals "are in a position to satisfy the Marlins’ need for offense," with a glut of outfielders. Once they promote top prospect Jordan Walker, one of Lars Nootbar, Tyler O'Neill or Dylan Carlson will become superfluous, and can be used in a trade to get them some pitching.

Making a Marlins/Cardinals marriage even more likely is the fact that Skip Schumaker, the Cardinals’ bench coach last season, is the Marlins’ new manager. 

The biggest problem the Cards are facing in the pitching department, notes Rosenthal, is that four of their starters — Adam WainwrightMiles MikolasJack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery — are eligible for free agency at the end of the season. They need to fortify that rotation for the years to come. 

Pablo Lopez would be one of the targets from Miami. He has two years of club control remaining, but their other young starters could be of even greater interest to St. Louis: Edward Cabrera, Jesus Luzardo and/or Trevor Rogers. 

Sounds like there's a match there somewhere to be made.

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