St. Louis Cardinals: A week until the trade deadline

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JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 16: General Manager John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 16: General Manager John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 21: Randal Grichuk
CHICAGO, IL – JULY 21: Randal Grichuk /

The Washington Nationals are in need of healthy bodies. Could the Cardinals match up with them for a trade?

After adding Adam Eaton to their roster, the Washington Nationals felt they would finally have the roster to make the final push to a World Series title. Since then, the Nationals have suffered a rash of injuries, leaving their starting roster depleted. This is where the St. Louis Cardinals can come in to play and help themselves as well.

If the Nationals are still committed to winning this season, while playing through some tough luck injuries, then the Cardinals could be an extremely helpful ally. For a team that started the year with one of the best outfield in the game, injuries have caused real roster problems in D.C. The Cardinals are in a position where outfield depth is not an issue, and could easily move some in a deal.

Offering the Nationals Randal Grichuk in a deal could net the team a prospect or two. They may not be prospects close to competing in the majors, or even that impressive, but they would add to the team’s farm system. Things get interesting if the team tried to include Lance Lynn in any potential deal with the Nationals.

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This past weekend the Nationals saw Stephen Strasburg leave a game in the second inning after throwing fifty-one pitches and walking three batters.

The Nationals starting rotation could use another piece, especially with Tanner Roark having a disappointing season and Joe Ross hitting the DL after requiring Tommy John surgery.

Lance Lynn could slide right in to the Nationals rotation and fill a hole this team can’t afford to have when the playoffs come around.

A deal involving Grichuk and Lynn would net the Cardinals a very solid piece. Even though the Nationals did deal a lot when they added Adam Eaton in the off-season, there are still some enticing pieces left. If the Cardinals decide to sell, then the Nationals need a call from Mozeliak.

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