The Cardinals’ search for starting pitching has taken them inside their division, as MLB Community’s Jon Morosi (Twitter link) reviews that St. Louis is without doubt one of the many golf equipment taken with Reds righty Tyler Mahle. With the Playing cards all choices for rotation assist, it solely is sensible that they’d be not less than checking in on Mahle’s providers.
The Phillies, Twins, and Mets are among the many golf equipment linked to Mahle for the reason that begin of the season, whereas the Rangers additionally reportedly had curiosity through the offseason. With Luis Castillo already off the board, it’s honest to guess that the majority pitching-needy groups have spoken to the Reds about Mahle, and on paper the Cardinals have the type of younger expertise that the Reds would certainly demand. Nevertheless, it’s doable Cincinnati would possibly desire a increased worth for shifting Mahle to a division rival — as Morosi notes, the Reds and Cardinals haven’t accomplished a player-for-player commerce since 1997, so it could depend as a shock on some degree if Mahle ended up in St. Louis.
Extra notes from across the NL Central…
- Simply because Castillo has been traded doesn’t imply the Reds are essentially likelier to hold onto Mahle, since CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson hears that Mahle and Brandon Drury are anticipated to each be on new groups after the deadline. Drury is a free agent after the season and thus an apparent commerce chip, although Mahle remains to be beneath group management by means of 2023. However, it now looks like Cincinnati goes to dive into one thing near a full rebuild, a course of that basically began over the winter after they moved a number of different veteran skills.
- The Blue Jays are within the combine for Pirates starter Jose Quintana, in line with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, together with such previously-reported suitors because the Yankees and White Sox. The veteran left-hander is having a bounce-back season after struggling in 2019-21, and Quintana may assist bolster an inconsistent Toronto rotation. Pirates GM Ben Cherington beforehand labored within the Jays’ entrance workplace, so this familiarity with the AL East facet’s prospects may assist the Blue Jays within the bidding, although the 2 sides haven’t accomplished a player-for-player commerce within the two-plus years since Cherington went to Pittsburgh.
- The Yankees have been one of many different groups taken with Edmundo Sosa earlier than the Cardinals dealt Sosa to the Phillies, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. Sosa would’ve been an fascinating depth add to the Yankees’ infield, and it’s even doable that Sosa may have labored his manner right into a timeshare with Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop.