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Matching the St. Louis Cardinals With Their Most Likely MLB Trade Deadline Targets

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 07: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on June 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Sitting in third place in the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals currently own a 50-47 record. The Cardinals are likely right on the fence between being a buyer or a seller at the MLB Trade Deadline, but as they are only 3.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs, the right addition could make all the difference for St. Louis.

After a season-ending injury to their closer Jordan Hicks, the Cardinals could look to solidify their bullpen. With that in mind, here are three relievers the Cardinals could target ahead of the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.

1. Will Smith, LHP, San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates beating the Milwaukee Brewers and getting the save at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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Will Smith is one of the most reliable relievers in baseball and he very well could be one of the best options available at the deadline. He has 24 saves with a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings pitched this season. There are other teams interested in his services, so the Cardinals might have to pay a hefty price, but adding Smith could bolster St. Louis' bullpen.

2. Kirby Yates, RHP, San Diego Padres

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13:  Kirby Yates #39 of the San Diego Padres reacts to striking out Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of a game at PETCO Park on July 13, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Should the San Diego Padres decide to trade Kirby Yates, St. Louis should absolutely make a bid. The 32-year-old All-Star is having the best season of his career. Yates has a MLB-high 31 saves, to go along with a 1.07 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched. Like Smith, he will likely generate a ton of interest amongst contenders, so the price for Yates could be quite high.

3. Shane Greene, RHP, Detroit Tigers

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 09: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers participates in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 09, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The first-time All-Star is having a bounce-back season, posting a 1.03 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. Shane Greene has a powerful fastball, which could make him a solid replacement for Hicks. Additionally, he's arbitration eligible next season, so St. Louis has the option to retain Greene beyond this season if he pitches well for the Cardinals.

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