Cardinals Rumors: 5 Starters St. Louis will look to acquire
By Josh Jacobs
The Detroit Tigers are looking to sell now at the deadline and have multiple pieces that could be up for grabs in the midst of this disappointing season. The most interesting name of the bunch and the one the Cardinals should pounce on is left hander Tarik Skubal.
Skuball has been one of the few bright spots for Detroit this season. The 25 year old is 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 19 starts, and strikes out 9.4 hitters per 9 innings. His 2.93 FIP suggests he would benefit greatly from a change of scenery.
Trading for Skuball will cost a sizeable prospect package due to his young age, having four more seasons of team control, and pitching at a very productive level thus far this season. Detroit does not need to move the left hander now, so Mozeliak will need to offer legit value to pry him away from the Tigers.
Grabbing Skuball gives the Cardinals rotation a nice left handed option under team control, and someone who strikes out players at a better rate than the club has. Skuball would perhaps become close to a frontline starter with the support he’d receive from the elite St. Louis defense.
The second Cleveland Guardians starter on this list, Zach Plesac could be a great addition to the St. Louis rotation while also not costing an arm and a leg for the club.
The 27 year old right hander is 2-8 this season but has a 4.09 ERA in those 99 innings of work. While his numbers are nothing to write home about, most people around the league see Plesac putting up better numbers than he is at the moment, and being backed up by a Gold Glove defense could do that.
Plesac is also controlled through the 2025 season, making him the second most controllable arms in this least. The right hander could help stabilize and give innings to the rotation this season, and grow into being a high impact starter for St. Louis over the next three seasons.
The Guardians are not for sure selling pieces, but it does sound like they are open to dealing a guy like Plesac of Bieber to help boost their offense. Plesac is not the most exciting name on the market, but his impact would be immense for the Cardinals.