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Not sure if you heard, but Giancarlo Stanton did not waive his No Trade Clause to be traded to the Cardinals. Within the next few days, I am sure there will be articles dissecting what happened and all the good stuff. That is not this article. I am not a dissector. I am a “OOOOOOOOOO LOOOOOK AT THIS” type of gal.

So folks, check this out: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals are “aggressively pursuing Álex Colomé”:

Now if you are like me, you might not know exactly who Álex Colomé is. So let’s find out together!

My research tells me (thanks Fangraphs!) he is a pitcher on the Rays that will turn twenty-nine years old on New Year’s Eve, which is kind of a cool day for a birthday if you ask me. After losing most of the 2014 season due a steroid-related suspension of fifty games, he made a few starts in 2015 for the Rays. The following season he was moved to the bullpen where he has seemingly thrived. 2016 was probably his career year - bolstered by an outrageous 93% LOB - where he earned thirty-seven saves while boasting a a 1.91 ERA and a 2.92 FIP. Colomé struck out 37% of batters while walking 6%. He has since regressed to more realistic, but still steady numbers. In 2017 he led the league with forty-seven saves, but with a more repeatable 72.4% LOB, a 3.24 ERA and 3.37 FIP, with a K-Rate at around 20%.

Colomé will enter his first year of arbitration in 2018 and, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, projects to earn $5.5 million. At the right deal, Colomé could be a nice pickup for the Cardinals.

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