Ahead of the MLB trade deadline, it’s all about timing and needs.
The Miami Marlins are 57-50, third in the NL East and competing for a playoff spot.
The St. Louis Cardinals are 47-60, last in the NL Central and with no hopes of making the postseason.
The Marlins’ minor league system is filled with quality pitchers.
The Cards have more than enough bats, so many that they have a logjam at several positions.
The Marlins are desperately looking for offense.
St. Louis needs multiple impact arms, both at the MLB and minor league levels.
Theoretically, they match up perfectly for a hypothetical trade before 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
That’s exactly what MLB insider Jon Morosi is reporting.
“The Marlins and Cardinals are potential trade partners on this Deadline Day. Miami GM Kim Ng would like to add offense, and Marlins manager Skip Schumaker has close knowledge of STL’s available bats. The Cardinals also know Miami’s prospects well from sharing a spring complex,” he tweeted.
The Marlins and Cardinals are potential trade partners on this Deadline Day.
Miami GM Kim Ng would like to add offense, and Marlins manager Skip Schumaker has close knowledge of STL's available bats.
The Cardinals also know Miami's prospects well from sharing a spring complex.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 1, 2023
While the Cards would prefer pitching, they will also consider position-player prospects if they like a potential deal.
Baseball is so crazy that just last year, the teams were in opposite directions: St. Louis was a playoff-caliber team and Miami was nowhere near the playoffs.
That’s why teams need to capitalize on opportunities and windows.
The Marlins have developed into a solid team, but their offense is mediocre at best.
If they can add, say, Tommy Edman, Dylan Carlson, or Tyler O’Neill, the unit could improve considerably.
In theory, the match for a trade seems perfect.
Will they actually make a deal?NEXT: The Cardinals Are In Uncharted Territory This Trade Deadline