Less than 24 hours before the MLB trading TBEN at 6 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, some Reds fans on social media took a sigh of relief.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced late Monday night that they took over lefthanded pitcher José Quintana and righthanded pitcher Chris Stratton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for righthanded pitcher Johan Oviedo and minor-league infielder Malcom Nuñez.
It was no secret that the Cardinals were on the hunt for starting the pitching. The Reds have listened to offers for starting pitcher Tyler Mahle – according to multiple reports – and is considered one of the best starters on the market. And Jon Morosi. from MLB Network reported on Twitter on Sunday that the Cardinals were interested in Mahle.
The fear for Reds fans, of course, was that Mahle would be sent to a National League rival Central. And the cardinals, from all teams. That seems unlikely now, as long as St. Louis doesn’t aim for additional starting pitching on the TBEN.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins are among the teams that have shown interest in Mahle in recent days.
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