Late Night Bits: Cardinals Get an Additional Arm, Grossman Traded to Braves, Syndergaard Rumors, More

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Late Night Bits: Cardinals Get an Additional Arm, Grossman Traded to Braves, Syndergaard Rumors, More

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Stray stuff to wrap up the late part of Monday evening, even as we click over into Tuesday …

  • An additional arm is going to the Cardinals in the Jose Quintana trade: Chris Stratton, a reliever with solid peripherals this season but meh results. He’d been pretty good for the Pirates in 2020 and 2021, so the Cardinals are betting on those peripherals. Neither he nor Quintana are HUGE additions, but could be very helpful down the stretch. And if you don’t add players now, you can’t add them next week.
  • As for the return, the Pirates are getting Johan Oviedo, the hard-throwing righty who has yet to really break out in a few big league tries, and Malcolm Nunez, a bat-only prospect who is hitting decently as a 21-year-old at Double-A. He was around 15th in the Cardinals’ system, and Oviedo would’ve been right around there somewhere if he were still eligible. Perfectly fine pieces for the Pirates to want to add, but likely not guys that the Cardinals will regret moving.
  • The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Detroit Tigers, which would’ve felt more meaningful last year (Grossman has been baaaad this year). Then again, who knew how good the Braves’ outfield acquisitions would be last year at the deadline? The return on Grossman was the Braves’ 2016 16th rounder who is struggling at Low-A right now.
  • The question is: would adding Grossman take the Braves out of the Ian Happ market? On the one hand it’s an outfield addition and a lefty bat, so you could make the argument. On the other hand, Happ is a clear tier above Gross in both expected production and the extra year of control. I think it’s at least as likely that acquiring Grossman is a hedge against not getting Happ, since so many teams seem to be involved (and the Cubs might not trade him at all).
  • Noah Syndergaard, whose one-year deal with the Angels cost them a mid-second round pick and a $21 million contract, is now a flip candidate:
  • Syndergaard has been a serious command-control, contact-manager this year – which is weird! – and it’s made him a roughly league-average pitcher. That has value in the market, but I don’t see him netting the Angels a huge return, especially if the Angels don’t eat some salary.
  • The Reds are not currently talking about a Brandon Drury extension during his big season, so I suppose this means he’s still on the trade market:
  • Drury, a career part-time guy who turns 30 this month, is hitting .275/.336/.523/133 wRC+ in regular playing time with the Reds, where he’s mostly played third base. He’s a free agent after the season (which is to say, I don’t really see him as direct competition for Patrick Wisdom if the Cubs are considering moving him – they’re very different players who’d be acquired with different timelines in mind; still, older bats at the same position, so there’s at least SOME overlap).

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.