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3 Left-Handed Hitters the Cardinals Need to Trade For Ahead of the Deadline

Larry Rupp
Three left-handed hitters the St. Louis Cardinals need to trade for at the MLB deadline, including outfielder Joey Gallo.
Three left-handed hitters the St. Louis Cardinals need to trade for at the MLB deadline, including outfielder Joey Gallo. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals have enjoyed some success so far this season, currently sitting in third in the NL Central division with a record of 31-28, just 1.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs who are tied for first place. However, every contending team would be smart to take advantage of the MLB trade deadline in order to improve its roster.

The Cardinals would benefit from adding some left-handed hitters to the lineups before their push for the postseason begins. With that in mind, here are three players St. Louis should trade for.

St. Louis Cardinals Trade Targets

1. Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, PIT

Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier's versatility would come in handy for St. Louis. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Cardinals need a left-handed batter and Adam Frazier seems like the perfect trade target here. The current Pittsburgh Pirate has been a model of consistency at the plate this year posting a .332/.394/.472 slash line through the team's first 57 games of the season. He also leads all of MLB with 76 hits and has racked up 35 runs scored this year. The 29-year-old utility player would also give the Cardinals some flexibility and depth out on the diamond. Frazier is hitting .331 against right-handed pitching this season and would fit in well in St. Louis.

2. Eduardo Escobar, INF, ARI

Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar projects as a veteran bench bat for the Cardinals. / Michael Owens/Getty Images

Another infielder that makes a lot of sense in this situation is Eduardo Escobar. Escobar has 11 seasons of MLB experience under his belt and is a switch-hitter at the plate. He is hitting .244/.291/.466 on the season and has totaled a team-high 41 RBI through 59 games played. The 32-year-old has already hit 9 home runs off righties in 2021. Escobar would give the Cardinals a veteran bench bat that would definitely come in handy during a postseason push.

3. Joey Gallo, OF, TEX

Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo's power would be a great addition to the Cardinals lineup. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Joey Gallo has been a popular trade candidate all season long and the Cardinals would be smart to make a deal for the power-hitting leftie. The Texas Rangers slugger is hitting .208/.359/.391 on the season with 31 runs scored, 10 home runs and 26 RBI, four of those homers coming off righties. Trading for the 27-year-old would also give St. Louis some much-needed outfield depth. If he can get his strikeout rate under control, Gallo could be a great addition to the Cardinals' lineup.

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