The 2023 season has been nothing short of disastrous for the St. Louis Cardinals, who have careened to a 35-51 record, the third-worst in the National League.
Their biggest Achilles heel has been their pitching, which was not addressed over the winter.
However, it appears that the Cardinals are on the hunt for some pitching as they look to bolster their roster for 2024.
On Threads, Jon Morosi of MLB Network revealed that the Cardinals are open to moving any of their young position players in exchange for controllable starting pitching, noting that the Seattle Mariners are a team that they have had discussions with.
MLB Deadline News tweeted Morosi’s report.
Morosi notes that George Kirby is “off limits” in these trade discussions.
— MLB Deadline News (@MLBDeadlineNews) July 6, 2023
Morosi did also note that right-hander George Kirby is off limits and that the Mariners will not listen to offers on him.
However, the Mariners do have controllable starting pitchers that could benefit the Cardinals in 2024.
Young pitchers such as Bryce Miller and Bryan Woo could help the Cardinals.
Logan Gilbert could be a fit as well, and Marco Gonzales wouldn’t be a stretch, as he was with the Cardinals from 2014-17.
Who the Mariners would ultimately want is unknown.
Players such as Tommy Edman, Brendan Donovan, Nolan Gorman, Dylan Carlson, Alec Burleson, and Lars Nootbaar are pieces that could be dealt in the coming weeks.
The trade deadline will take place on August 1.
If the Cardinals do buy, any moves they make would be geared towards the 2024 season, as they are well out of contention this year.
But some controllable pitching would ignite some hope for next season.