Paul DeJong to the Toronto Blue Jays
Blue Jays received: SS Paul DeJong and cash considerations
Cardinals received: RHP Matt Svanson
Let's be clear, Paul DeJong did not carry much trade value. Honestly, the fact that St. Louis got something of potential value at all is a huge win.
I know DeJong has rebounded a bit for St. Louis this year, but he's definitely cooled down after his hot start, and it took a Bo Bichette injury on the eve of the trade deadline to get a deal done.
Until that point, there was reportedly only one other team calling on DeJong, but after the Blue Jays called, a deal got done quickly.
Translation: there wasn't really a market for DeJong.
Svanson is a 24-year-old relief prospect who has yet to pitch above the High-A level, which is not the best optics for a prospect. Still, Svanson did post a 1.11 ERA in 32.1 innings with 39 SO, so there is promise there.
Overall, the Cardinals are hoping to get a decent reliever long-term by trading DeJong and paying some of his salary. That's about all you can ask for, and because of that, the trade was fine to me.