Report: Cardinals, Dodgers discussed blockbuster Arenado trade

Report: Cardinals, Dodgers discussed blockbuster Arenado trade

Nolan Arenado‘s days with the St. Louis Cardinals could be numbered ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cardinals have engaged in trade talks centered around the superstar third baseman, sources told Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.

St. Louis may also send right-hander Jack Flaherty or left-hander Jordan Montgomery to Los Angeles in the deal, according to Castillo.

The Cardinals are interested in young pitchers such as Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, Ryan Pepiot, and Emmet Sheehan, sources told Castillo.

The potential blockbuster trade would reportedly likely include infielder Max Muncy or utilityman Chris Taylor, if not both, heading to St. Louis.

Arenado would only be willing to waive his no-trade clause to head home to California to play for the Dodgers, sources told Castillo.

However, Arenado’s agent, Joel Wolfe, refuted that Arenado would only waive his no-trade clause for the Dodgers, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The 2022 NL MVP finalist hasn’t told the Cardinals he would waive his NTC or selected a team he would do it for, sources told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Dodgers have had their eyes on the eight-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glover for a long time, as they planned to make an attempt to sign him in free agency after the 2019 campaign, according to Castillo. Arenado ended up inking an eight-year extension with the Colorado Rockies.

Los Angeles reportedly also wanted to deal for the 32-year-old before the 2021 season, but Rockies owner Dick Monfort wasn’t willing to let him go to a division rival.

Arenado has gone deep 22 times with 77 RBIs and an .856 OPS over 98 games this season for the underachieving Cardinals.

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