Cards send Martinez, Arozarena to Rays for top-50 MLB prospect

St. Louis has sent outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena, and a Compensation A pick to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for the left-handed pitcher

Sam Masterson
January 09, 2020 - 4:01 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated at 6:20 p.m. - The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore, minor league catcher Edgardo Rodriguez and the Rays Compensation B draft pick (66th overall) from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for outfielders Randy Arozarena, Josè Martínez and the Cardinals Compensation A draft pick (38th overall). 

The 20-year-old is a top-50 prospect in baseball and was the No. 4 prospect in the Rays organization. 

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Liberatore was the 16th pick of the 2017 draft and is considered "one of the top southpaw pitching prospects in baseball," according to

The 6-5, 200-pound Liberatore has compiled an 8-4 mark with a 2.59 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) in the minors, striking out 113 batters in 111.0 innings pitched, allowing just two home runs to go along with a 1.22 WHIP and .224 opponent’s batting average. Liberatore was 6-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) for Bowling Green of the Midwest League (A) this past season.

Rodriguez, 19, a right-handed hitting catcher from Valencia, Venezuela, was signed by the Rays as an international free agent in July of 2017.   The 6-0, 205-pound Rodriguez has produced a .338 batting average, six home runs and 40 RBI in his first two seasons as a professional.   He batted .330 with 6 HR’s and 34 RBI in 51 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2018, ranking among the Rays minor league leaders in batting (3rd), slugging (.492, 6th) and on-base pct. (.384, 9th).  In limited action with the GCL Rays, he batted .400 in 2019.

Liberatore is childhood friends with one of the Cardinals top prospects, Nolan Gorman: 

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