The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Time is running out for teams to create a trade package worthy of landing Juan Soto and the St. Louis Cardinals are one of those clubs figuring out if they have the pieces to acquire the Washington Nationals superstar.
If the Cardinals are going to land Soto, they'll have to part with one of their top young players. MLB insider Jeff Jones recently reported that trade talks around the Cardinals and Nationals involve a package that's centered around rookie second baseman Nolan Gorman.
Cardinals-Soto Trade Rumors
Jones reports that the Cardinals won't have to give up either Jordan Walker or Masyn Winn — both top prospects — if they entice the Nationals with Gorman. Before the 2022 MLB season began, the 22-year-old infielder was Baseball America's No. 34-ranked prospect.
Beginning the year in Triple-A, it only took Gorman until the middle of May to become a mainstay in St. Louis' lineup. The former 2018 first-round selection is batting .229 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 55 games, putting him on pace for 29 HRs and 68 RBIs in a 162-game campaign.
While fans have yet to see the best that Gorman has to offer, MLB Trade Rumors' Anthony Franco is unsure if a package centred around him is enough to land Soto. While the rookie a good starting point, Soto is a rare talent and Franco thinks that the Cardinals may have to throw in a few more top-100-rated players to get the job done.
Regardless, it's clear that the Cardinals do have the inventory to at least entice the Nationals into considering them as the top trading partner. Only time will tell if St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak will be willing to meet Washington's asking price.
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