For St. Louis Cardinals fans, bringing in Christian Yelich or Marcell Ozuna at the trade deadline may have felt like a pipe dream the other day.
But now, it's getting serious.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is reporting that the Miami Marlins clearly have some interest in a deal based on a recent scouting trip taken by a top executive.
Cardinals have interest in Yelich/Ozuna; Marlins sent a top bb ops exec to scout 2016 1st-rounder Dakota Hudson's last start, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 17, 2017
The Marlins reportedly aren't that interested in dealing away one of their top outfielders yet, but under owner Jeffrey Loria - who is still around, despite the impending sale of the team - fire sales are somewhat the norm.
It could be his last big middle finger salute to the fans who have been stuck supporting his regime for the past decade and a half.
Yelich and Ozuna are both still young players and potential building blocks for either team. The former won a Silver Slugger award last year, while the latter just competed in his second straight All-Star Game.
The Cardinals are 6.5 games out of the NL Central lead. Without a team emerging from the pack, it may be worthwhile for them to mortgage a future pitching star for an outfield star or two.