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3 Top Cardinals Trade Targets Still Available After Missing Out on Juan Soto

Adam Taylor McKillop
Three top St. Louis Cardinals trade targets still available after missing out on Juan Soto.
Three top St. Louis Cardinals trade targets still available after missing out on Juan Soto. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Diego Padres shocked the baseball world with their blockbuster deal for Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto. The Soto deal leaves several of his perceived "finalists" in desperate need to pivot their plans ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline at 6 p.m. ET.

That includes the St. Louis Cardinals, who are reportedly looking for an additional bat, catching depth or another arm, according to team insider Katie Woo.

Let's check out three of the Cardinals' top trade targets who are still available.

Cardinals Trade Rumors

1. Joc Pederson, LF, San Francisco Giants

Joc Pederson may be the best left-handed power bat still available with Soto off the market. He's got all the World Series and championship experience this team could ask for, especially after last year's magical run with the Braves. A one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants makes him far more affordable, which is something the Cardinals weren't willing to do with Soto: break the bank. Pederson's 17 home runs and 43 RBIs are a great complement to Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.

2. J.D. Martinez, DH, Boston Red Sox

J.D. Martinez is another veteran bat with World Series experience. He doesn't help balance the lineup out as much as the lefty-swinging Pederson does, but .353 on-base percentage and .459 slugging is better than every starter save Goldschmidt and Arenado. Boston indicated they might be ready to sell after the Christian Vazquez trade, and this impending unrestricted free-agent is another great option to rent out.

3. Tyler Mahle, SP, Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis got the starting pitcher they were looking for in Jose Quintana on Monday, but they could double down at the position. Can the Cardinals pull off a pair of NL Central trades? That's anybody's guess, but the Cincinnati Reds are keen to deal Tyler Mahle. Mahle is more of a back-end rotational arm, but can eat up innings (104.1 IP this year) and is another solution for St. Louis to round out their starting five.

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