The trade deadline has officially passed.
The St. Louis Cardinals were in an unfamiliar spot, as they were sellers for the first time in John Mozeliak’s tenure as president of baseball operations.
The team had hoped to acquire some Major League ready starting pitching, and while they were unable to do that, they still managed to add a hefty amount of prospects.
Jack Flaherty was one of many players who ultimately was traded.
With minutes to spare, the right-hander was shipped to the Baltimore Orioles.
After the trade was complete, Adam Wainwright took to Twitter to bid farewell to his friend and teammate and wish him well in Baltimore.
— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) August 1, 2023
Flaherty first reached the Major Leagues in 2017 and became a reliable starter for the Cardinals the following year.
Wainwright was around to watch Flaherty develop into a star and mentored him along the way.
Flaherty emerged as an ace for St. Louis in the second half of the 2019 season, but after injuries derailed him, he was never quite able to regain his form.
Still, Flaherty was a popular teammate, and like all players who have been with the Cardinals over the past two decades, was close with Wainwright.
The veteran right-hander will be retiring at the end of the season.
In his tweet, he expressed sadness over the fact that the Cardinals were forced to trade several key players, including Flaherty.
The 41-year-old tagged the Orioles in his tweet and informed them that they were receiving “a winner.”
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