Is a trade between the Blue Jays and Cardinals on the horizon?

Before signing Willson Contreras last winter, the Cardinals explored catcher options, including talks with the Blue Jays about Gabriel Moreno, Alejandro Kirk, and Danny Jansen.

Derrick Goold reported that during these talks, the Blue Jays expressed interest in Cardinals players Lars Nootbaar and Brendan Donovan.

With recent reports that Dylan Carlson is on the Blue Jays' radar, speculation arises about a possible trade between Toronto and St. Louis this winter.

Nootbaar could be a good fit for the Blue Jays' left field position, addressing a vacancy in their lineup.

Brendan Donovan's ability to play multiple positions could provide the Blue Jays with flexibility in addressing various needs across the diamond.

Several teams are interested in Nootbaar, Donovan, and Carlson, making it uncertain if the Blue Jays can outbid others or meet the Cardinals' pitching needs.

 Former MLB player Tony Watson has joined the Rays' player development department under pitching director Winston Doom, transitioning into a new stage of his baseball career.

Watson, known for his 11 seasons in MLB, retired in 2022 due to shoulder problems. He is MLB's all-time leader in holds since 1999.

Yankees' star Aaron Judge holds significant influence within the organization. Judge and owner Hal Steinbrenner have had multiple offseason meetings.

 Judge's influence may impact the job security of manager Aaron Boone and director of player health and performance Eric Cressey.

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