3 Pitchers the Cardinals Need to Target Before the Trade Deadline

Devon Platana
Three pitchers that the St. Louis Cardinals need to target before the trade deadline.
Three pitchers that the St. Louis Cardinals need to target before the trade deadline. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a 24-19 start to the 2022 MLB season, currently trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by 3.5 games for the NL Central lead. If the Cardinals want to eventually catch the Brewers, they could afford to improve the backend of their starting rotation.

Jordan Hicks is currently 1-4 in nine games (seven starts) with a 5.02 ERA, while Steven Matz (nine starts, 3-3, 6.03 ERA) was also underwhelming before landing on the 15-day injured list. The good news is that there are options for St. Louis to improve the rotation on the trade market.

Here's a look at three pitchers that the Cardinals need to target ahead of the Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline.

St. Louis Cardinals Trade Targets

1. Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Guardians

One pitcher that St. Louis fans would love to see in a Cardinals jersey is Shane Bieber. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner's future with the Cleveland Guardians is uncertain as he's only signed until the end of the season. If there's any possibility of him being traded, the Cardinals must pounce at the opportunity. Bieber is currently 1-3 in eight starts with a solid 3.55 ERA while leading all Cleveland starters with 46 strikeouts over 45.2 innings pitched. He's pitched at least six innings in five of his last six outings, which is all St. Louis needs from him. If he can bounce back to his Cy Young form, even better.

2. Brad Keller, RHP, Kansas City Royals

With the Kansas City Royals being as bad as they are in 2022 (14-28), Brad Keller is another name that the Cardinals should target. The 26-year-old veteran has a 1-4 record in eight starts because of how bad his team is. However, Keller's 3.20 ERA is easily the best among the Royals' starters, along with his 1.026 WHIP and 7.1 hits per nine IP. Keller is also eligible for arbitration in 2023, which could make him even more enticing for the Cardinals. Although his stats have been trending in the wrong direction in recent starts, a change in scenery could help Keller become the difference-maker that St. Louis needs.

3. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Several pitchers are having resurgences this season, including Madison Bumgarner. The three-time World Series champion is 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA, 1.110 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 42.1 IP over nine starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner is attractive based on his 2022 play alone, but St. Louis should like him for his postseason experience too. The 32-year-old southpaw is 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 16 playoff appearances (14 starts). He hasn't made a postseason start since 2016, but the experience that comes from his 2014 World Series MVP run might be too hard for the Cardinals to pass up.

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