As the MLB deadline ended on July 31 to make non-waiver trades, some teams took advantage of the time by buying or selling. There weren’t really any big name trades this year like we are use to seeing in years past, but trades were still made. On the other hand there were some teams that made no noise during the trade deadline, one being the St. Louis Cardinals.
The only trade the Cardinals made was left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales (coming off of Tommy John surgery) for Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill. Many were excited to see what the Cardinals were going to do this trade deadline, especially due to the fact that former GM, John Mozeliak was promoted to Head of Baseball Operations and new GM Mike Girsch took over. The Cardinals were in a tough spot on what they should have done during the deadline since they are only floating around a .500 record, but are in a wide open NL Central Division race. In the end they opted to not make any moves and stick with the guys currently in the clubhouse.
The biggest name the Cardinals have who was thought to be traded is Lance Lynn. Lynn, who is having a good year coming off of Tommy John, is set to become a free agent after this season. It seems like the Cardinals just wanted to hold on to him to help with their playoff push and have a better chance of re-signing him at the end of the season. It was also rumored that the Cardinals were trying to make a package late including Stephen Piscotty for pitcher Sonny Gray. Gray was then traded to the Yankees and the Cardinals closed up shop for trying to make any trades.
Teams can still make trades by putting players on waivers, but it seems unlikely the Cardinals will make any since they don’t typically “make a splash.”