The St. Louis Cardinals had a very busy trade deadline this year, trading away assets on expiring contracts and loading up on pitching prospects to bolster the farm system.
However, the team failed to add a controllable starting pitcher for next season, meaning that they’ll still have three rotation spots to fill in the offseason.
The Cardinals’ pitching has failed them this season, and it stands to reason why they are in last place in the NL Central.
But MLB Network analyst and St. Louis native Greg Amsinger believes that the Cardinals have at the very least laid the groundwork for their offseason, and he predicted that the team will make a big trade to add a controllable starter when the offseason gets underway, via 101 ESPN St. Louis.
— 101 ESPN St. Louis (@101espn) August 3, 2023
Amsinger believes that the entire pitching staff will receive an overhaul over the winter.
He then made his prediction, that the team will make a blockbuster trade to add a starting pitcher who has several years of club control left.
There are several key pitchers that will soon be free agents.
Aaron Nola, Blake Snell, and Julio Urias will all be on the market.
However, Amsinger believes that the team will go in a different direction.
He predicted that the Cardinals will still sign a free agent starter, but that their big offseason acquisition for a key starter would come via trade.
The Cardinals do have an outfield logjam at the moment, and Amsinger believes that in the offseason, the Cardinals will address that logjam and trade from it to get a starter.NEXT: MLB Insider Comments On Cardinals' Deadline Haul