Cardinals Making a Big Trade with Rays Involving Pitching Prospect Matthew Liberatore (UPDATES: Six Pieces Involved)

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Cardinals Making a Big Trade with Rays Involving Pitching Prospect Matthew Liberatore (UPDATES: Six Pieces Involved)

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It’s a mystery return so far, but the Cardinals are making a significant trade with the Rays, based on what they’re getting back.

Is it Jose Martinez, maybe? Seems like a Rays type of target, though Liberatore seems like a big return for Martinez. The Cardinals have a surplus of young outfielders (in theory, though none are top tier), so maybe they are also sending a reliever? I don’t know. Just thinking out loud until we hear more.

Liberatore was the Rays’ first rounder in 2018, and was ranked 41st overall in baseball by MLB Pipeline in their final season update last year. He had a meh year at A-ball this past season, though he was just 19 and in his first full pro season. Not sure how much the results would tell you, relative to what the scouts think of his potential future. He’s a legit prospect, albeit pretty far away from the big leagues.

The Cardinals are probably getting him to send to the Rockies for Nolan Arenado … (kidding! kidding! probably!).

UPDATE: The details are apparently still being worked out, but outfielders Tyler O’Neill, Randy Arozarena, Harrison Bader, and Lane Thomas all come in for hypothetical mention:

UPDATE 2: Six pieces involved, including draft picks (remember, only competitive balance picks are tradable, so hooray that the Cardinals get free picks!):

UPDATE 3: Unless Liberatore is broken, the Cardinals stole him:

So, it’s two outfielders the Cardinals could easily part with (each of whom has big warts) and a swap of their free pick for a slightly lower free pick.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.