This Cardinals-Rangers trade could give St. Louis the ace they desperately need

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The St. Louis Cardinals should try to trade for Texas Rangers ace Kyle Gibson on the deadline.

Per MLB Insider Jon HeymanGibson remains one of the most likely pitchers moved on the trade deadline as the Texas Rangers are clear sellers. Now that Joey Gallo may also be out the door, the Rangers can replenish their farm system by trading Gibson as well.

Heyman had this to say about the starting pitching market as a whole:

“Rivals see Kyle Gibson as slightly more likely to be traded than Jose Berrios. Meanwhile, a thin starter market and uncertainty about the availability of executives Gibson, Berrios and other stars ranging from opportunities to go (e.g. Morton) to long range (e.g. Scherzer) are slowing the market.”

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have been lacking a real ace for their pitching staff since Jack Flaherty’s injury. After a promising starting All-Star break, Mike Girsch is wondering if this team is worth adding to in pursuit of an NL Wild Card berth.

MLB Rumors: Could the Texas Rangers Trade Kyle Gibson to the St. Louis Cardinals?

Gibson has one more season to go with a $7 million clip, making him an attractive product for a Cardinals team building post 2021. Unfortunately, that also means they’ll have to pay to get him.

Acquiring a relatively unproven asset (before the season) is risky, and the Cardinals know that. That’s why Matthew Liberatore and Nolan Gorman are probably off the table. Ivan Herrera also looks like the catcher of the future when Yadier Molina retires.

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SP, Kyle Gibson

get rangers

LHP, Zack Thompson

C, Julio Rodriguez

RHP, André Pallante

Thompson is the Cardinals’ fourth candidate, while Rodriguez is in 12th place. Pallante, meanwhile, is the 20th ranked prospect in the card system.

So generally that’s three top-20 prospects. Rodriguez is blocked by Herrera in the system and Pallante is not projecting as a top-end MLB starter. Thompson is the big loss here.

It’s a high price to pay, but the Cardinals must be prepared.

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