Cardinals Trade Jose Martinez

Jan. 9 (UPI) — The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a four-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

League sources told ESPN and MLB Media that the Cardinals are sending outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena to the Rays for left-handed prospect Matt Liberatore and minor league catcher Edgardo Rodriguez.

The Cardinals also will trade a Compensation A pick (post-first round of the MLB Draft) to Tampa Bay, according to ESPN. The Rays will send a Round B pick (post-second round) to St. Louis in the deal.


Martinez, 31, had 17 homers and 83 RBIs in the 2018 season. In 2019, he posted a .269 batting average with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs while missing time in August because of a shoulder injury.