Cardinals Trade Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena to Rays to Complete Deal for Rays' Matt Liberatore

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St Louis Cardinals OF Jose Martinez | Duane Burleson/Getty Images

On Thursday, a trade between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays was completed, though the final terms of the deal weren't originally disclosed.

At the time, all we knew was that the Cards would be receiving Tampa's heralded pitching prospect Matt Liberatore. Flash forward a few hours later, however, and MLB insider Jeff Passan has just reported the return packages for both clubs.

St. Louis will reportedly offload outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena as well as a post-first round compensation draft pick to the Rays, who, in turn, will cough up Liberatore, a "low-level catching prospect," and a post-second round compensation pick.

The 20-year-old left hander was drafted No.16 overall by Tampa Bay in the 2018 MLB Draft, and had success pitching in Single-A in 2019, compiling a 3.10 ERA across 78.1 innings.

Don't, however, sleep on the Rays acquisitions. Tampa was desperate for OF help and they managed to poach a slugger in Martinez that demolishes left-handed pitching. Further, Arozarena is flexible in terms of his ability to produce anywhere in a lineup, and the organization received significant draft capital.

We'll call this transaction a win-win for both clubs.