MLB Trade Rumors: Cardinals Linked To Ace Starting Pitcher

The St. Louis Cardinals, initially expected to be sellers, have turned their season around with an impressive 8-2 run over their last 10 games.

This surge has brought them just 1.5 games out of a National League Wild Card spot and five games back in the NL Central, prompting a potential shift in their trade deadline strategy from sellers to buyers.

The Cardinals are now exploring ways to strengthen their roster for a postseason push, with a particular focus on bolstering their pitching rotation.

One key target for the Cardinals is Chicago White Sox ace pitcher Erick Fedde.

According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden and Sports Illustrated's Patrick McAvoy, Fedde has emerged as a prime trade candidate for St. Louis.

Fedde has been stellar this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts. His recent success in the KBO, where he led the league with a 20-win season and a 2.00 ERA over 180.1 innings, has translated seamlessly back to the majors.

Signed to a club-friendly two-year, $15 million deal, Fedde offers both immediate support for the Cardinals' playoff ambitions and stability for the 2025 season.

Acquiring Fedde would provide the Cardinals with a reliable and affordable arm to enhance their rotation. Given their recent hot streak and shift towards contention, a move for Fedde could be strategic, addressing their pitching needs without a hefty price tag.

With the White Sox likely seeking a mid-level prospect package in return, the Cardinals might find this an attractive opportunity to bolster their pitching staff and solidify their postseason chances.

Prior to playing in the KBO in 2023, the 31-year-old recorded a 5.23 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, with 291 strikeouts across 388.2 innings and 88 appearances (74 starts) with the Washington Nationals from 2019-22.

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