Cardinals: These are the best trade partners this off-season

Aug 4, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak reacts in the dugout before the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak reacts in the dugout before the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 20: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on from the dugout during the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Tyler Schank/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 20: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on from the dugout during the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Tyler Schank/Getty Images) /

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have already been one of the most active teams this winter, making a variety of trades to clear 40-man roster spots for their emerging young talent. The Rays have always been one of the most unique front offices in baseball, and it appears they will be operating like that once again.

The Rays will be looking to acquire Major League talent, especially for their lineup, while flipping their excess of young pitching to improve in that area. While St. Louis will be competing with Tampa Bay for the likes of Sean Murphy, they could help each other out with their needs pairing well.

The Rays could be interested in the likes of Juan Yepez, Alec Burleson, Nolan Gorman, Lars Nootbaar, and Dylan Carlson, and provide the Cardinals with more rotation depth, high-level bullpen arms, or maybe even an ace like Tyler Glasnow.

The problem for St. Louis is that they will not be the only team calling the Rays, and with most of the league eying their pitching, the Cardinals will have to be careful in order to get good value here. But the Rays are in a place where they have so much good pitching that they may be forced to trade some, and the Cardinals need to be ready to pounce.

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