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Angels All-Star could be in the Cardinals’ focus in a trade at the trade deadline

What will the St. Louis Cardinals do at the end of the month?

With only a few weeks left until the 2024 Major League Baseball transfer deadline, the Cardinals are in a much different situation than they were just over a month ago.

St. Louis has turned its season around with a strong June and has a real chance to make it back to the playoffs. However, a return to the playoffs could depend on a strong performance at the trade deadline.

The Cardinals are in a good position but need to add to their pitching ranks to keep up with their other National League contenders. St. Louis is missing a starter in Steven Matz, and according to Katie Woo of The Athletic, Los Angeles Angels All-Star Tyler Anderson could be the club’s focal point at the deadline.

“Tyler Anderson is having a great year for the Los Angeles Angels, although he’s a little more expensive than (Erick Fedde),” Woo said. “Anderson has one year left on his contract after this season and is due $13 million in 2025. The Cardinals’ rotation consists of five right-handers, so adding a left-hander like Anderson could be a focus.”

Anderson has had a fantastic season for the Angels so far, making 17 starts and posting a 3.03 ERA in 104 innings pitched. Anderson was an All-Star in 2022 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and there’s a chance he’ll earn his second nod this season.

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