Cardinals Trade Partner: Los Angeles Angels
There are multiple names that St. Louis is linked to on the Angels, and with the club looking to rebuild or at least retool to prepare for 2023, Nolan Gorman would make a lot of sense for the club.
The name that has been linked most to St. Louis is Noah Syndergaard. The former standout ace of the New York Mets, Syndergaard signed a one-year deal with the Angels in the offseason, and has been good, but not great, so far this season. His 3.83 in 80 innings of work could actually see improvement if he were to come to St. Louis, something we dove into in another article.
Giving up Gorman for a guy whose name seems to be worth more than his production at the moment seems a bit irrational, but other clubs are calling about Syndergaard as well, so it may require someone like Gorman to get the deal done. A deal could certainly happen without Gorman in the package (St. Louis’ preference), but it makes sense why the Angeles would be asking for him.
If the Cardinals really want to make a splash, though, including Gorman in a package to acquire two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani would do the trick, which we covered in this piece on the site. Ohtani would be the best pitcher available for the Cardinals to acquire and give the team a superstar bat in their lineup, something easily worth parting with Gorman (and many more assets).