St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks was among the big names on the block ahead of the MLB trade deadline, and on Sunday, the National League Central team found a landing spot for him.
The Cardinals traded Hicks to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Sem Robberse and Adam Kloffenstein – who are both righties. St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak vowed changes to the organization with the deadline approaching.
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The Blue Jays swiped Hicks after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Hicks and outfielder Dylan Carlson drew discussions. Adding a reliever would’ve been a boon for the Yankees, who are trying to claw their way out of a hole in the American League East, but their divisional rival made a shrewd move.
Through 40 appearances so far this season, Hicks has a 3.67 ERA with 59 strikeouts. He has a career-high 12.7 SO/9 ratio. Toronto entered the day third in the division at 59-46.
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St. Louis also traded Jordan Montgomery to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports.
“A decent amount of talent that just walked out,” Cardinals manager Oli Marmol told the Post-Dispatch after the Hicks and Montgomery deals were done.
Robberse, from the Netherlands, had been in the Jays’ organization since 2019. He had a 4.06 ERA with 86 strikeouts in Double-A New Hampshire. Kloffenstein joined Toronto’s system in 2018. He was also at Double-A New Hampshire this year and had a 3.24 ERA with 105 strikeouts.
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St. Louis was 46-60 entering Sunday.