The Cardinals need a new trade deadline strategy

If the St. Louis Cardinals are going to turn things around for 2024, Cliff Williams thinks they need a whole new strategy.
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Dylan Cease for Ivan Herrera and Brendan Donovan and a prospect

Cease has had a bit of an off year but he did come in second in AL Cy Young voting last year. Moving him to a more pitcher-friendly park could work wonders. He has two more years (2024, 2025) of club control. The salary is $5.7M.

Herrera is stuck behind Contreras and is probably ready to play now. The White Sox starting catcher is 34 years old and will be a free agent at the end of the year so the Sox get their new starting catcher for next year.

I hate to give up Donovan because I love how he plays but we need another pitcher more. Remember, you have to give to get.

Out: Ivan Herrera, Brendan Donovan, one prospect

In: Dylan Cease

Payroll: Add $4.3M