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Saturday, July 31, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals acquire left-handers Jon Lester, J.A. Happ prior to deadline

The Washington Nationals completed their final trade of a dizzying sell-off, sending veteran left-hander Jon Lester to the St. Louis Cardinals at Friday’s deadline.

Lester becomes the second experienced lefty to join St. Louis, which also acquired J.A Happ from the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the club accomplished its goal of stabilizing its pitching without giving away any top prospects.

“That was something that was critical in our decision-making,” Mozeliak said. “Needless to say, obviously today we felt like we took a couple steps forward without having to sacrifice those futures.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:57 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:13 PM (#6032030)
The amazing thing is the Nats could find anyone who wanted Lester. This year: 5.02 ERA (76 ERA+), 5.41 FIP, -1.0 WAR in 75.1 innings.

Of course, they got basically nothing in return, but I can’t see how they are worse off without Lester.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:49 PM (#6032034)
The Cardinals are looking for starting pitchers that they don't care if they shred up their arms, that is what Happ and Lester are to the Cardinals. The issue for the Cardinals is that they have some young pitchers that are not quite ready for the majors, so they don't want to damage them, but at the same time they think they have a chance at the division if the offense ever does what it's capable of. If not it's a loss season, but no reason to destroy any of the young talent.

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