The Cardinals and Royals have talked about a possible trade in which St Louis would send starter Lance Lynn to Kansas City, sources told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. However, Morosi says it is "unclear if there is momentum toward" one.
The Royals have been looking to upgrade both their starting and relief pitching after deciding to become buyers at the deadline instead of sellers because they stayed in the thick of the playoff race in the American League before the All-Star break. Since then, the Royals have gone 9-4, are currently on an eight-game winning streak and hold the second wild spot. During this time, they acquired pitchers Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter from the Padres.
But the addition of Lynn could help them solidify a spot in the postseason and try to make one last run for a World Series crown with a team that features pending free agents Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Jason Vargas. Playing in his sixth season with the Cardinals, Lynn has gone 8-6, posted a 3.21 ERA and has a 8.0 SO/9 through 120 2⁄3 innings this season. This all comes a year after he suffered a devasting season-ending UCL injury. Lynn is also a free agent at the end of the year.
With that said, the Cardinals are just two games under .500 and 4 1⁄2 games out of first in the NL Central, so they’ve still got a solid chance to make a playoff run. Plus, Buster Olney of ESPN said teams are waiting on St. Louis to give a "clear indication" that they will trade Lynn.