Cardinals' Closer Ryan Helsley Emerges as Potential Trade Candidate

The St. Louis Cardinals' struggles may lead them to become sellers at the trade deadline, with All-Star closer Ryan Helsley and Andrew Kittredge as potential trade candidates. Helsley's dominant performance and affordability make him a valuable asset, with the Baltimore Orioles as a possible landing spot.

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Cardinals' Closer Ryan Helsley Emerges as Potential Trade Candidate

Cardinals' Closer Ryan Helsley Emerges as Potential Trade Candidate

As the St. Louis Cardinals struggle to find their footing in the 2024 season, having lost seven out of their last nine games, the team may find themselves in a position to become sellers at the upcomingtrade deadline. One player who has already garnered attention from rival executives is All-Star closer Ryan Helsley, whose dominant performance this year could make him a valuable trade asset.

Helsley, 28, has been a bright spot in the Cardinals' bullpen, posting a 1.50 ERA and converting 11 saves in 18 appearances. His impressive 19-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings pitched has solidified his status as one of the best closers in baseball, making him a prime candidate for his second consecutive All-Star selection.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Baltimore Orioles could be a potential landing spot for Helsley, citing his affordability and club control. Helsley is currently making $3.8 million this season, with less than $1.7 million owed to him at the trade deadline, and he remains under team control through the 2025 season.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that trading Helsley could help the Cardinals retrieve a haul of players in return. "You want to talk about getting a haul of players... You are talking about (Helsley) and Andrew Kittredge, who they acquired from Tampa Bay. He has pitched well and could help a lot of teams when they shorten the game in October."

Kittredge, another potential trade candidate, has been impressive in his own right, posting a 1.20 ERA with a 15-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .208 batting average against, and a 0.93 WHIP in 15 innings pitched this season. The former All-Star, who will enter free agency at the end of the season, could also be on the move if the Cardinals decide to sell.

The Cardinals' bullpen, considered one of the best in the league, may face a significant shakeup if the team becomes sellers at the trade deadline. The departure of key players like Helsley and Kittredge could be imminent if the lineup fails to improve its performance in the coming weeks. As the trade deadline approaches, the baseball world will be closely monitoring the Cardinals' decision-making process and the potential impact on the team's future.