Back in December 2021, I suggested that the Cardinals package together Juan Yepez and a few other prospects to go after Tyler Glasnow, who was on the mend after Tommy John surgery. I still believe St. Louis may have been able to pull of a steal of a deal had they done a move like that, and they should still explore Glasnow now that he is healthy.
Glasnow fought his way back from his surgery all season and made it a point to be ready by the playoffs, looking great in his 6.2 innings of regular season work before giving the Rays 5 shutout innings in his playoff start against the Guardians.
Before going down with his season ending injury in 2021, Glasnow had thrown 88 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 123 SO, showing just how dominate of an ace he can be when he is heathy. He has mentioned that his injury was something he had been pitching through for awhile, so now that he had surgery, he is feeling great and ready to dominate.
The Rays, similar to the Guardians, would likely be open to trading their ace for prospects or immediate help in their lineup. Tampa Bay extended Glasnow for two-years in August, so he is under club control through the 2024 season. The Rays have never been shy about trading away top players with a few years remaining of club control, and this is an opportunity St. Louis needs to jump on.