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Lukewarm Stove: Cardinals Trade Fallout, Castellanos and Ozuna, Betts, Brewers Signing, More

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Deals are gonna come flying down the pipeline any moment as teams – including the Cubs – avoid arbitration with eligible players today. Hopefully, the Cubs won’t have any cases proceed to arbitration.

In the meantime, I wanted to bang out some quick rumor/news bits, especially after last night’s surprising Cardinals-Rays trade, which netted the Cardinals a big-time pitching prospect in Matthew Liberatore in exchange for outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena, and swapping competitive balance picks (*grumble*).

  • One of the immediate things you think about with the Cardinals now having sent out multiple outfielders, and with Marcell Ozuna being a free agent, maybe they’re fixing to bring him back:

  • Interesting to see the Rangers in there, fresh off loudly proclaiming that they aren’t in on Nick Castellanos. Also, it does of course make sense for the Cardinals to consider Castellanos:

  • That all assumes, by the way, that Ozuna doesn’t wind up a guy who waits until after the draft to sign. His market hasn’t exactly been robust. I really don’t want to see Castellanos pairing up in the outfield with Dexter Fowler, though. My heart can’t take it …
  • The other place your head immediately went after the trade last night: is it possible the Cardinals wanted to stockpile extra prospects in case they make a move for Nolan Arenado:

  • An interesting long-term read on the Dodgers’ spending plans:

  • McCullough kinda tosses the Cubs out quickly as a possible Betts pursuer, but when it comes to long-term, major commitments, the Cubs actually have very few on the books after this year, and even fewer after 2021. I’m not so sure I’d throw the Cubs out entirely on Betts just yet, depending on what happens this year (especially if Cubs get under the luxury tax this year – just sayin’).
  • This is correct, because Heredia’s deal wound up being for $1 million:

  • Old friend Hector Rondon signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks (and their front office full of former Cubs execs), with an option for 2021.
  • The Brewers keep adding to their motley crew of infielders:



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.