MLB Rumors: NL Rival Expected To Target Aaron Nola In Free Agency

The St. Louis Cardinals are gearing up for a major move in the upcoming free agency period as they look to fortify their starting rotation.

This urgent need arises from the departures of key pitchers, including trades involving Jordan Montgomery and Jack Flaherty, and the impending retirement of the veteran Adam Wainwright.

The Cardinals are actively seeking to rebuild and strengthen their pitching staff, and their attention has firmly fixated on acquiring Aaron Nola, an established pitcher who has spent his entire nine-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Reports have surfaced indicating that the Cardinals are fully prepared to invest heavily in their pursuit of Nola.

In fact, they may even be willing to engage in a bidding war to secure his services.

While Nola has only earned a single All-Star nod, his reputation as a dependable and consistent pitcher aligns perfectly with the Cardinals' pressing needs.

The 30-year-old has had a bit of an unlucky season this year, recording an underwhelming 4.62 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, with 186 strikeouts across 181 innings and 30 starts.

However, the challenge lies in persuading him to leave the Philadelphia Phillies, a team he has been an integral part of during recent playoff runs.

Despite this potential obstacle, the Cardinals appear resolute and unwavering in their determination to make a compelling case for Nola to join their ranks.

Over his nine-year career, spent entirely with the Phillies, Nola holds a 3.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, with 1,566 strikeouts across 1,409.1 innings and 233 starts. Photo Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports