Cardinals Trade Partner: Miami Marlins
Miami is one of the most interesting trade partners out there for St. Louis, and the Marlins and Cardinals could provide each other exactly what the other needs to take their respective MLB club to the next level.
Miami is in desperate need of help in their lineup, as their starting pitching is frequently undone by their lack of production at the plate. St. Louis desperately needs starting pitching, as they often fall out of games and rely on their offense to fight back.
Match made in heaven.
The Marlins are listening to offers on all of their players outside of Sandy Alcantara, making Pablo Lopez a top trade target for the Cardinals before Aug. 2. Lopez is 26 years old and is controllable through 2024, making him a potential top-of-the-rotation starter for St. Louis for this season and two more to come.
Lopez was a borderline All-Star this season, sporting a 3.03 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 116 innings of work in South Beach. Adding this good and controllable arm would cost more than Gorman, though, making this a very interesting discussion internally for St. Louis.
For Miami, adding a bat like Gorman to their young core would help boost an offense that needs to keep up with their dominant pitching. Miami has plenty of pitching on the big-league roster, and more arms coming up through their system (even after the loss of Max Meyer), so they are turning their eyes toward improving that offense to compete in future years.