Despite eyes on Juan Soto, pitching remains a priority for Cardinals

We’re getting closer to the Aug. 2nd trade deadline.

And everyone knows (or at least, should know) how beneficial having All-Star Juan Soto on the St. Louis Cardinals would be. In a lineup that already has Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, having Soto would make the Cardinals one of the most formidable and dangerous lineups in all of baseball.

Per CBS Sports, some of the potential pitchers to solve the issue include Madison Bumgarner of the Diamondbacks, Frankie Montas and Paul Blackburn of the A’s, Noah Syndergaard of the Angels, Martin Pérez of the RangersChad Kuhl of the RockiesJordan Lyles of the Orioles, Brad Keller of the Royals, and Pablo Lopez of the Marlins

Montas, 29, has been one of the most talked-about trade options this season, and the Cardinals have frequently been listed as the top destination for him, per multiple sources. Last season, the A’s starter finished 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA and finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting.

He’s a strikeout-heavy pitcher, and would fit nicely on a team that, save for Miles Mikolas, struggles to strikeout batters.

Other pitchers such as multiple-time World Series champion Bumgarner, 32, and former All-Star Syndergaard, 29, would be beneficial to the Cardinals. Any veteran pitcher that can eat innings like Mikolas and Adam Wainwright would be welcomed additions, as the Cardinals have had to rely on their bullpen a lot more than most teams have.

So yes, at the end of the day, there’s no doubt adding Soto to the lineup would be a huge boost. But if the Cardinals can get solid enough pitching to build a consistent and healthy rotation, they shouldn’t pass on that chance either.

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