St. Louis Cardinals

Despite rumors, Cardinals make no moves at deadline

Right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn, a likely free agent at the end of this season and rumored trade bait, will remain with the St. Louis through the end of this season. The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Monday without a deal involving the Cardinals.
Right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn, a likely free agent at the end of this season and rumored trade bait, will remain with the St. Louis through the end of this season. The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Monday without a deal involving the Cardinals. Associated Press

Right-hander Lance Lynn and all his St. Louis Cardinals teammates remained with the club when the nonwaiver trade deadline expired at 3 p.m. Monday.

Lynn (9-6, 3.20 ERA), who predicted in recent days that he would not be dealt, was the Cardinal most rumored to be on his way to another team. But the Cardinals were unable to hook up with a trade partner.

The 30-year-old Lynn, who can be a free agent at the end of the season, will play out the final two months and negotiate an extension with the Cardinals or sign with another team during the winter.

If Lynn opts for free agency, the Cardinals will likely make him a qualifying offer, which will be in the neighborhood of $18 million, to pitch for them in 2018. Lynn could accept the offer or reject it. If he rejects it, the Cardinals will receive a compensation pick in the 2018 draft.

St. Louis (52-53) also was believed to be fielding inquiries on outfielders Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk. They also remained with the Cardinals, whose outfield depth includes Harrison Bader, Jose Martinez, Magneuris Sierra (Class AAA Memphis) and the injured Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler. Piscotty (right groin strain) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday in Milwaukee.

The Cardinals also retain four left-handers in their bullpen entering the final 57 games of the season: Kevin Siegrist, Zach Duke, Tyler Lyons and Brett Cecil. 

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