MLB Rumors: Mariners, Cardinals In Trade Talks; One Big Name Taken Off The Table

There's no doubt, at this point, that the St. Louis Cardinals will be sellers this month as we approach the trade deadline on August 1st. At 35-51, it just doesn't seem like this season is going to turn around for the Redbirds. 

According to the latest from MLB Insider Jon Morosi: 

The Cardinals will listen to offers for their young position players in trades that would bring back controllable starting pitching.

They have spoken with the Mariners, but it’s already apparent that George Kirby is off-limits in any such discussion.

Kirby is one of the top young starters in the game, and it's no surprise that the M's are not interested in parting with him. Kirby sports a 3.21 ERA in his second major league season, showing impeccable control with a major league-best 0.8 walks per nine innings.  

As for their own pitchers, Jordan Montgomery and Jack Flaherty are likely on the way out this month, so there will be many holes to fill in the St. Louis starting rotation.

The Cards, of course, have an abundance of outfielders to draw some trade bait from, and teams will no doubt have interest in the likes of Lars Nootbar, Tyler O'Neill and Dylan Carlson. Youngsters like Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker would undoubtedly be off-limits from their end. 

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