MLB Trade Rumors: Cardinals Ace Becoming Trade Candidate

After bolstering their starting rotation in the offseason with notable acquisitions including Sonny Gray, the St. Louis Cardinals have seen only a modest improvement in team performance.

The Cardinals' continued struggles, despite a better ERA, hint at deeper roster issues that might necessitate significant changes.

Sonny Gray, who has excelled early in the season is emerging as a potential trade candidate as the Cardinals evaluate their strategic direction, according to Joel Reuter.

Gray, 34, joined the Cardinals on a hefty three-year, $75 million contract after a standout season with the Minnesota Twins, where he was the runner-up in the AL Cy Young voting.

This season, Gray holds a fantastic 2.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, with 44 strikeouts across 35.1 innings and six starts.

His impressive start to the season makes him an attractive prospect for teams seeking an experienced pitcher to bolster their rotation.

Drawing from strategies employed by the New York Mets last season, as noted by Reuter, who successfully traded veteran pitchers by absorbing a portion of their hefty contracts, the Cardinals might consider a similar move with Gray.

This approach would enable them to acquire promising young talent and potentially free up financial resources, aligning with a broader strategy to restructure for future competitiveness. Such a move positions Gray at the center of trade talks, reflecting the Cardinals’ possible shift towards a more extensive roster overhaul. Photo Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports